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Samsung Reportedly Working on Google Glass Competitor, Dubbed “Gear Glass”

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According to a recent tweet from industry insider Eldar Murtazin, Samsung is working to bring Gear Glass, a Google Glass competitor to the market by April or May of 2014. The idea that Samsung wants to monopolize every single tech avenue is no surprise, but could they be any less creative with a name like Gear Glass? We assume Galaxy Glass would have been more fitting, but we digress. 

Without being anywhere near confirmed, you can bet that Gear Glass would be much like Google Glass. It will be wearable hardware, fitted with a camera, capable of running apps and connecting to your smartphone wirelessly. Given that it’s Samsung, you can pretty much assume that the device will only be connectable to Galaxy-branded smartphones and tablets. At least, that’s what we would put our money on.

Would anyone here be more interested in Gear Glass more so than Google Glass?

Via: 9to5 Google | Eldar Murtazin

  • http://mobilepricesnews.com/ Mobile

    Samsung gear ‘ve more popular than that of glass. with respect to features and apps and look wise.

  • MK17

    It looks to me that Samsung is running out of places to reinvest their Android earning and are venturing into areas where they will fail.

  • a.d.AM

    Im shocked there are no edits of the official glass videos all touchwiz nature UI’d out!!!

  • NexusMan

    Hell no.

  • Angel

    All Samsung’s got to do is make their Galaxy Glass 100% Android-based and get rid of the camera and microphone!!! How could they possibly screw that up???

  • zurginator

    Gear glass. Really? “Galaxy I” would have been so much better.

  • http://www.androidrootz.com/ Anuj Patel

    One word: Bloatware!

  • chris_johns

    god i loathe you samsung…they really think their apple…ill never buy another samsung product again…less its a tv…and on sale

  • LionStone

    I don’t really trust Samsung with glasses…

  • Goldenpins

    I bet it will bex EXACTLY like the gear watch.. Where only some apps connect to notification while the other display a “use your smartphone” pop up.

  • James Hill

    I think I found the real official photo!

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    Only pairable with samsung phones too

  • Roger W Turner

    Google got rid of their Gears :)

  • John Clausen

    Who at Samsung thought the whole “Gear” thing was so bloody amazing? It’s stupid. Galaxy Gear, Gear Glass, I’d flush them both down the Gear Toilet that’s probably coming out soon

  • TheRobotCow

    Who does Samsung think they are? Apple?
    Especially with Touchwiz, i’d rather take iOS over Touchwiz anyday

  • James Friedman

    I’m starting to hate Samsung just as much as Apple…

  • geocab

    Waaaaaay out of my price range. Plus I wear glasses so I can’t put these on anyway. But copy or not, competition should drive down prices.

  • AussieDood

    How about “Gear Goggles”? :D

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    Samsung duplicating functionality Google did? I’ve never heard of that. S-Voice, S-Translate, Samsung Apps, now Samsung Glass? Sure.

    The last time I was this disinterested was probably the day the HTC One was announced.

  • flybass

    touchwiz in my EYE!

  • Guy Pierce

    I hope it’s easier to get our hands on.

  • Daistaar

    At the very least this would be a good example of a flexible display assuming it can be made transparent, bi-focal and gives the impression of AR.

  • MotoXYZ

    Samsung needs to leave Android and just put Tizen on all of its garbage. They just muddy the android waters.

    • Phill_S

      Lol at this message and anyone who upvoted it.

      Samsung is Android today and them leaving would harm the platform significantly.

      As for the article Samsung making their own version of Glass is awesome for the market. Competition is always good for consumers. Always.

      • Adrynalyne

        Hurt Android how, exactly? By allowing other companies to fill the void left by Samsung?

        Business as usual, then.

        • Tim242

          You are delusional. The other OEM’s don’t have a clue.

          • Adrynalyne

            Zealots like yourself said the same of Apple with iOS and the iPhone…
            Look at them now. Number 2 in market share.

          • Tim242

            Apple has nothing to do with the Android ecosystem. Let’s stay on topic. If Samsung went away, no other OEM would fill the gap. Apple would go to 90% market share rather quickly.

          • Adrynalyne

            Sounds like you are delusional.

          • Tim242

            I’m ggoing to take this time to use your own words against you. Being a software developer, you know nothing about hardware

          • Adrynalyne

            I refuse to to learn about hardware from a cellphone salesman.

            At any rate, this has nothing to do with hardware, but simple business.

          • Tim242

            At least I have a grip on the reality of what sells, and what collects dust. Like it or not, Samsung is Android.

          • Adrynalyne

            Spoken like a true fanboy.

            Which means there is no reasoning with you…so continue on with your Samsung colored world.

          • Tim242

            I love it when people can’t handle the truth. They either call you a troll, or a fanboy. People come in wanting an iPhone, a Galaxy, or “that Note.”. We try to show them other devices as well. The LG rep offers us cash and prizes to sell their devices. So, we try. But in the end, people want what they want.

          • Adrynalyne

            Like I said, if Samsung left, the void would be filled by other companies. Supply and demand, business 101. If people want Android, they will stick with it, with or without Samsung.

          • Tim242

            Sure, we would look for an alternative. But average consumers aren’t buying Android. They are buying Galaxies and Notes. If that was gone, they may look at WP or iPhone. They aren’t hardcore Android fans like us.

          • Adrynalyne

            They will be when they realize that Tizen won’t run all the apps they paid for and they cannot use the play store, music, or movies. Lack of app ecosystem = DOA. Look no further than struggling WP and BBOS 10.

            You are right, they are buying a name, because of marketing. Thats the only reason. Samsung doesn’t bring anything to the table that nobody else can. Increased demand with missing Samsung would spur additional marketing from other companies to capitalize on the demand.

          • MicroNix

            I think it is you that speaks like a true fanboy. But since you indeed pat yourself on the back quite nicely, who would fill their gap? Who has the money to advertise as much or more than Apple? Moto? Hell if they do, they sure aren’t using it. HTC? LOL! Maybe LG but I’m not seeing it there either. You might want to stop before you reach the point of no return.

          • Adrynalyne

            What am I a fanboy of, Mr. “I’m too big a coward to register” ?

            The truth? You are just as big a Samsung fanboy if you think that nobody can fill Samsung’s shoes.

          • MicroNix

            Look at the *latest* figures showing iOS turning around and *gaining* marketshare while Android *loses* marketshare. Don’t speak so soon and jinx it.

        • MicroNix

          Because right now Samsung owns the Android market for a reason. Their phones just work. Touchwiz and all. Their cameras take awesome photos (sorry Moto) and they actually have been getting good OS updates for a couple generations of devices now (sorry HTC).

          Moto fanboys here or not, to say who cares if Sammy leaves Android is a FOOL talking.

          • Adrynalyne

            Nope. It is marketing and marketing alone. HTC phones just work. So do LG. So do Motorola, Sony, and so on. If demand increases, these companies will meet the demand.

            If Samsung were to jump right into Tizen, then customers would move to another brand for no other reason than the app ecosystem. Couple that with increased marketing of other companies, and Android marketshare would stabilize fairly quickly.

          • MicroNix

            See my other post on which one of those manufactures listed even comes close to the *marketing* that Samsung does. If Samsung leaves Android, we see less Android marketing and those that give two nickels less about the OS itself flock to those who can market. Who might that be? Can you say it with me? A-p-p-l-e, M-i-c-r-o-s-f-t. Who will we see with the big marketing budget on the Android side?

            Yes, you are right about marketing. And he with the monster budget wins.

          • Adrynalyne

            Hasn’t worked for Microsoft though, has it? You cannot say that Microsoft has a smaller budget than Samsung for marketing.

            Again, it doesn’t have to be one company with a monster marketing budget. It can be several smaller companies with smaller budgets.

    • Tim242

      Without Samsung, Android would be about 10% market share.

      • Adrynalyne

        Except that no it wouldn’t.

        Someone else would fill the void.

        • Tim242

          Voids don’t magically fill.

          • Adrynalyne

            They don’t need to. It is called supply and demand.

            Demand is filled by suppliers, and if Samsung left, others would step up to the pitcher’s mound to meet the demand. It happens all the time in the real world.

          • Tim242

            People won’t magically start buying LG or HTC.

          • Adrynalyne

            Sony, Motorola, ASUS…I think Android will be fine.

            The marketshare would simply balance between the others. Well, maybe not HTC due to their mismanagement of…everything.

            No one company dominates something forever. Ask IBM. Ask RIM. Ask Apple.

          • AdrynalyneIsAnIdiot

            Your ignorance is staggering. We are not impressed by your elementary misunderstanding of economics.

            Samsung is responsible for a significant amount of the “demand” you perceive for Android. Most consumers don’t know what Android is, but they know what the Samsung Galaxy is. Android would take a HUGE hit if Samsung disappeared. Yes, LG and HTC would get some of the scraps, but a LOT of people would go to, or go back to, iPhone. They want something they are aware of, something that has perceived reliability due to familiarity.

            Galaxy is not Android, but Android would probably be in a dark corner if not for Samsung. Normal people don’t demand Android, idiot, they demand cool stuff that they are aware of that they believe will perform. That isn’t android to most consumers, it is Galaxy and iPhone.

          • Adrynalyne

            Aw, cute. At least Tim242 registers and doesn’t make personal insults. What a wuss that you can’t even register and own your post. Crud, I lowered myself to your level.

          • MicroNix

            Samsung is selling phones because of marketing. What other Android manufacturer has that cash to compete with Apple? Yeah, keep telling us about the real world pal.

          • Adrynalyne

            LOL.

            They just need to fill the void. It doesn’t have to be just one company, but keeping thinking otherwise. IBM thought that way. So did RIM and Microsoft with Winmo.

            Where are they now?

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I really have to disagree. “Filling” the void does not bring customers. Marketing brings customers, because most consumers are attracted to being told what is the best product. Samsung does a great job of that with their devices.

            While some bounce around to other devices you can bet your next paycheck Apple will be hard at work picking up everyone they can. I don’t have cable at home, but I still manage to see Samsung commercials. I don’t see that with Moto/Sony/HTC/Asus/etc. Moto has the best thing going because people KNOW the name (same with sony). There is a serious lack of marketing on the part of the other OEMs, and they would seriously need to pick it up if they want to keep people from flooding back to Apple.

          • Adrynalyne

            The problem is, the app ecosystem also brings customers, which Samsung would lose by dropping Android for Tizen.

            I am not saying other companies wouldn’t market, because they would. It would just be amongst other companies besides Samsung.

            By the way, thanks for the civil reply.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Agree 100% about the app ecosystem, or ecosystem in general. People will not follow Samsung when their favorite apps do not work. Samsung would be insane to leave Android, they make far too much money with it and stand to lose far too much without it.

            I’ve been in IRC with you many times in the past and have always enjoyed talking with you. I respect all of the work that you do and also respect your views/opinions.

          • Justin Halcomb

            Reply to all: Does everyone remember does ‘droid does’ ads? I do and still do and its bevausenof that Android got recognized Samsung just carried it with there Galaxy phones. If ifnwas jot for Motorola and rizon Samsung wouldn’t have a lick. Plus Samsung never was recognize until they started creating ads. All you need is someone to create great ads for a phone line and you have phones selling. It’s how it usually works in the world of business.

  • Stewie

    Simply – No.

  • n11

    Wouldn’t “Glalaxy” sound better?

  • lgreg64

    NO

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    I got to try Google Glass this week in Durham. I was skeptical before… now I’m already saving for it. It truly is incredible. I can’t even fathom the new functions it will have by the public release.

  • Orion Pax

    “Galaxy” will probably eventually be added to the final name with “Gear” designating all of their wearable tech. “Galaxy Gear s-Tooth” – Stylus which bends into a Bluetooth earpiece (only works with Note series devices). “Galaxy Gear Ring” – rings with flat displays to show time/notifications.

  • VicMatson

    Now we’ll be getting washing machine adverts burned into our eye balls!

  • stabone

    No Galaxy Glass?

  • Paul Hansen

    I… Um… What?… No.

  • epps720

    Don’t think it’s too soon to call this one a FAIL!!!

    • Paul Hansen

      Failboat…

  • epps720

    Makes sense, did anyone else notice at the end of the Galaxy Gear watch commercial when the phone rings the person calling was ‘Jamie Glass’?! Coincidence… I think not.

  • Radgatt

    I tried out Google Glass this past Saturday when it was on demonstration in Durham, NC. I came away really impressed. It has come a long way from when it was first announced. This is a product that if anyone can work the kinks out it would be Google. I wouldn’t want Samsung or anyone else to make something like Glass.

    • Tim242

      Because competition is such a horrible thing for consumers. Hush.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Oh they missed the boat on that name, “GALAXY Glass” and I would of bought one… /s

    • Tim242

      Maybe you need to get hooked on phonics first. Would of????? I think you meant, “would’ve” which is a contraction for would have.

      • Bigwavedave25

        wtf dude? is this all you “have” to do with your day? my wife is enough of a grammar nazi for me… gtfo of here with your lame ass responses.

        what ever makes you feel better about yourself… lame.

  • David Wanless

    official photos are in :)

    • mustbepbs

      It just needs to be twice as thick and you’ve got it.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        Oh and you can’t forget the smaller battery!

    • hfoster52

      Yup almost crapified … I mean copied enough.

    • Albert

      Needs a Verizon logo on the button.

    • flosserelli

      Hey that’s pretty good. Lol

    • IMRA QYASIF

      that speaker grill. Samsung’s best invention ever.=D

  • mrbirdman

    Samsung reportedly working on [insert any competitor product here] competitor dubbed “Gear [insert part of competitor product name here]”.

    Every Samsung article for the foreseeable future written right there. Send my royalties to a charity of your choice.

    edit: woops, fun

    • poop

      Samsung reportedly working on Ouya competitor dubbed Gear Gamecube.

      Just wait. It’s coming.

      • cookies

        no it would be the ouya gear

        • Justin Halcomb

          More like ‘Game Gear’

  • Silver Veloz

    If it’s in competition with Google Glass, will Google just say sorry, that’s our Google Maps, Google Now, etc. Pay up.

    • IrishSid

      >not knowing how Google works.
      >top lol

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Also dubbed “gear garbage”

    • Goldenpins

      LOL!!! You made my night! LMAO

  • J Davis

    It seems there is no shame in their game..

    • Tim242

      If no company ever tried to improve on an idea, life would be quite boring. Lucky for you, Android copied its share from Windows Mobile, Palm, Blackberry, and iPhone

      • Manny

        There is no shame in Sammy. Don’t you find it kind of weird how samsung is always a step behind when it comes to tech. Rumors of an apple iwatch Sammy rushes to release it first. 64 bit tech in new iphone dooh here comes another samsung announcement. Now this. Whether Google and Apple copied each other is not the point here each might have copied some but most of their ideas were original. Samsung has no originality in anything they have released or plan on releasing.

        • JoshGroff

          Who made the 64 bit chip in the iPhone? Oh right… Samsung. Try harder next time kid. Also, smart watches aren’t exactly new…

          • Manny

            never mind who made it. They made it on apple’s request if they were so revolutionary and innovative don’t you think they would have come up with the idea first.

          • JoshGroff

            They were waiting for Android to be able to support 64 bit iirc.

          • Manny

            lol.. your funny… Not even ios supports it fully yet…but apple went ahead and pulled the plug…..So Samsung has to wait for google to innovate? While apple doesn’t even wait for apple…..

          • JoshGroff

            If Apple pulled the plug, they had a plan to implement it, would be interesting to see what they have up their sleeves. As for Samsung, if Android doesn’t have 64bit compatibility, yet, why make a 64bit chip?

          • Manny

            Is google going to have 64bit comatibility now? When did google annnounce this?

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Google is a company, Android is a product.

          • Manny

            Nice Smartass

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Well, GOOGLE cannot be 64bit compatible because GOOGLE isn’t software. They are a company, brand, etc. Google is not code. Android, their product, on the other hand IS code and can be 64 bit compatible in the future. Quite the difference.

          • Manny

            you turd you know what i meant.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            ;-)

          • JoshGroff

            Speculation regarding Kit Kat, hasn’t been confirmed that I know of.

          • Adrynalyne

            OSes have traditionally lagged when it comes to 64 bit. Windows was slow to adopt, and so was OS X. It isn’t an excuse. You build your software to take advantage of hardware, not the other way around.

            This is really no different. Samsung sure was quick to pipe up with a “me too!” comment after Apple announced theirs.

          • Manny

            That alone shows you how bad a company they are. They have the resources to create new technology but they’d rather wait till someone else takes a chance. Thats what makes them Shamsung !!!!!

          • Evan Knofsky

            Yes Samsung MADE it, Apple DESIGNED it.

          • cookies

            No arm DESIGNED it and apple USED it

          • Adrynalyne

            No ARM designed the reference SoC and Apple customized it and designed their variation of it.

          • The_16th_Doctor

            nope, apple said they want 64 bits so arm designed it and samsung made it and of course apple uses it

      • J Davis

        You would have a valid point IF they were trying to improve on an idea. The fact of the matter is they are just trying to beat Google to market with their version of “Glass”. I don’t have a problem with companies improving upon each others ideas but blatant attempts to do something just so you can be FIRST is stupid and often results in a rushed product that fails anyway..

  • Paradisimo

    So it will be unnecessarily bulky, have terrible battery life and only work with 3-4 phones? Yeah good luck with that Sammy…

  • BobbyG

    We copy everything Apple does, might as well copy Google now too

    • Manny

      Exactly !!!

    • cookies

      no Apple copys every thing we do

      • alex drum

        he was talking about samsung… that was apparent when he said “might was well copy google now too”, android does not copy google because essentially they are one in the same. If you understood that and you are claiming Apple copies samsung and not the other way around… well… I have nothing more to say to you.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        “We” do? So what have you developed?

    • MicroNix

      True in the beginning but if you don’t see that it has changed to be the other way around (particularly with Android as a whole), you probably would have a better experience in the delusional world of Apple Insider.

      • The_16th_Doctor

        though i do have to give props to apples stubbornness. The reason theyre so behind is because features even low end android devices are getting; nfc; sd card; removable battery..etc. If they started putting those features on, they would never be released from the wrath of the internet for copying android. So i guess until something innovative does come along, its cpu and ram upgrades per year.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          So first off, adding SD cards, removable batteries is NOT innovative. Those are features that have been in phones for a long time before smartphones.

          Second, Apple tends to not put new tech in until it has wide adoption and is mature. Depending on how you look at it, this could be good or bad. NFC is an interesting technology, but it is by no means mature nor widely adopted except in Android devices (and then even in specific Android devices). While NFC is great, what people have wanted it for most is mobile payments. However, the last thing I saw was that the bigger guy in the room, ISIS, is losing support from big payment firms. So while the tech is there, a true good use for it hasn’t matured. Apple has always done this, slow to adopt new stuff, but their stuff is stable. And for the general population, stable is better.

          • The_16th_Doctor

            i never said removable batteries and sd slots were innovative. i called them “features” (so scroll up and reread). Second, yes nfc isnt as wide spread yet. But i live in a remote location and there are several stores that utilize this so i use google wallet when i can. If i were in a big city, i might use it more often. People still need time to adjust their habits to tapping phones to send a website links instead of spelling it out. Or maybe tapping it on a nfc tag on the door to put your phone to silent as you enter a meeting.
            And yes, in the long run, apple does create more stable devices/features. That is excluding the first couple of weeks within its release. Do i need to mention the amount of problems people had with the fingerprint id?

  • Ej McCarty

    Priced at $699 and will be compatible with 2 phones and maybe more in the coming months. Also will have 2 apps at launch with at least 15 compatible before we release the next model.

    Where do I throw my money? /s

    • mustbepbs

      $699? Pushaw. It’ll be $899 ON CONTRACT. Because you know it’ll come with one.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    F-OFF Samsung…. Sorry that’s just the first thing that came to mind.

  • Nexusfive

    You just got Sam-shitted.

  • Nexus_FrEak

    No NO NO

  • dtraini30

    “TouchWiz on or near the eye would most definitely cause infection.”

    -Doc.

    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

      Yeah, but I have a feeling they will eventually smooth out most of the kinks by the second iteration… By the time they release the Galaxy Gear Glass S Wiz II, it will just be a screwdriver you insert into your eye…

      • Derin Richardson

        I think you are missing the point of his post. What he is saying is Touchwiz ITSELF is an infectious disease– the closer it gets from your hand to your eye via a wearable, the more likely you are to suffer from a sty or some other debilitating disorder.

        Touchwiz needs to be killed with fire.

    • michael arazan

      Copy the name, Eyewiz, and you know it will be Samsung Store only

  • Morbid138

    Let the law suits begin! (Or continue…)

  • Eric

    Oh god, please don’t.

  • Destroythanet

    Hopefully they do a better job on it than they did on the watch lol.