Saddle up, Apple: Samsung has a rumored smart watch, too
Samsung may be working on a smart watch to complement its Galaxy line of phones, according to screenshots found by Slashgear Thursday. The watch, allegedly named the Galaxy Altius, runs an OS titled “AltiusOS beta2,” so though it follows the Galaxy path, it’s unclear whether the watch will be part of the Android family.
The screenshots from the watch are black and white and 500×500 pixels in size (though it’s unclear if any post-processing took place) and according to one of them, the watch packs 235MB of internal storage space. One screenshot shows selection panels for music, e-mail, and maps. The watch also appears to tell time. Slashgear states that the screenshots were picked up from a Korean forum, and the language in the pictures is indeed Korean, though the name of the form was not specified.
The rumor follows on the heels of another concerning an Apple “iWatch” made of curved glass. It’s unclear from either the iWatch whisperings or the Galaxy Altius whisperings whether these devices are meant to function independently or as supplements to a nearby smartphone or tablet that the user is also carrying, serving as a display proxy for receiving messages or accessing other visual content. Motorola released a smart watch of the latter type in 2012 called the Motoactv.