Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Who needs a Galaxy Gear or any other smartwatch?

Must read

Struggling Forex Broker Bought Flats With Company Funds

A forex broker whose company was approaching financial meltdown switched £1.05 million from a business account to buy two apartments in Dubai in a...

Stock Markets Slump To Worst Quarter In 37 Years

Stock markets slumped to record losses in the first three mnths of the year due to fears over how coronavirus impacts the world economy...

Operation Airlift Underway For Brits Stranded Abroad

The British government is working with partner airlines to bring thousands of stranded travellers back to the UK. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has set aside...

Expat Landlords Get Buy To Let Mortgage Aid

The financial pain of coronavirus uncertainty for buy to let landlords has been eased by the housing minister. Secretary for Housing Robert Jenrick is extending...

Watch this space as electronics companies queue up to compete for a smartwatch that can link you to the web and run apps.

Samsung is first out of the blocks with the Galaxy Gear, a small gadget that comes with different coloured wrist bands.

The Galaxy Gear goes on sale from September 25. The US price is $300.

The device has a 4cm LED display, a 1.9 megapixel camera, a speaker and microphone, four gigabytes of internal storage and a non-removable battery.

However, the smartwatch is not as smart as most consumers would like, as it only works as a remote extension of other nearby Samsung Android-based devices.

Not so smartwatches

The majority of apps seem to involve different ways of telling the time and tracking fitness.

Sony is about to bring out a similar device that works across any Android phone or tablet. The cost is around £120.

Apple is rumoured to be about to release a smartwatch in time for Christmas and Microsoft is looking to get in on the act as well.

The problem harps back to the good old, bad old days of competition in the electronics industry when VHS battled Beta videos in the 1970s and 1980s.

The rivalry has hobbled the industry ever since as manufacturers vie to develop their own ‘ecosystems’ where they want consumers to play in their gardens but put up walls to stop other electronics firms from encroaching on their space.

So instead of a broad choice of devices working across a common operating system, consumers have to opt for Android, Windows or Apple and bridge applications that sit between them to make them work together.

Expensive fashion icon

Smaller players are also looking for a cut of the smartwatch market.

Omate, a technology start-up, is bringing out a watch in October that includes a 3G chip, so the device is a standalone phone, while electronics firm Qualcomm has a product launch around the same time.

The Qualcomm device will link to Android phones and cost around £190.

For many, the question that remains is what is the market for a smartwatch?

Some like the idea of the watch as a fashion icon, but you can buy a decent amount of gold or silver for $300 that will still have a value in 10 year’s time.

As a computing device, writing emails or sending texts seems to be hard work on such a small screen.

Older customers with eyesight problems and mainly men, with larger fingers, will also have problems operating the interface.

- Advertisement -

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest article

Struggling Forex Broker Bought Flats With Company Funds

A forex broker whose company was approaching financial meltdown switched £1.05 million from a business account to buy two apartments in Dubai in a...

Stock Markets Slump To Worst Quarter In 37 Years

Stock markets slumped to record losses in the first three mnths of the year due to fears over how coronavirus impacts the world economy...

Operation Airlift Underway For Brits Stranded Abroad

The British government is working with partner airlines to bring thousands of stranded travellers back to the UK. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has set aside...

Expat Landlords Get Buy To Let Mortgage Aid

The financial pain of coronavirus uncertainty for buy to let landlords has been eased by the housing minister. Secretary for Housing Robert Jenrick is extending...

Financial Package On The Way For Self-Employed

Financial support is coming for freelance and self-employed expats who pay their taxes in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised. In his last...