Report: Samsung will launch a Google Glass competitor in September

Korea Times quotes Samsung exec and mentions IFA 2014 launch date
Report: Samsung will launch Google Glass competitor in September

Samsung is developing a wearable computer that’s incredibly similar to Google Glass, according to Korea Times.

The site says the glasses, which are tentatively (and massively unimaginatively) called “Galaxy Glass”, will work in much the same way as the Galaxy Gear smart watch by allowing wearers to take calls, view smartphone notifications and listen to music. They will display notifications and text on a translucent lens, much like Google Glass.

Korea Times quotes Samsung executive Lee Sang-hoon as saying, “The new smart glass… is a new concept of wearable device that can lead to an exciting culture of communication. The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can’t generate profits immediately.”

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Stealing a march on its rivals

Samsung's Glass patent

It seems that Samsung’s market strategy is to enter new areas early in order to stake a claim earlier than rivals. The Galaxy Gear is a prime example: it’s not a particularly good product and it hasn’t set the world on fire in terms of sales, but its release has set the stage for better second and third and fourth generation models, all one step ahead of Samsung’s rivals.

We last heard about Samsung’s smart glass plans back in October, when Mobile Review founder Eldar Murtazin said the company was working on a product called “Gear Glass”. It seems he may have been correct.

Korea Times claims Samsung is aiming for a launch of Galaxy Glass at this year’s IFA trade show, which takes place in September.

[Via: Korea Times