At this point, it honestly feels less like a question of “if” than one of “when;” with Google Glass looming over the horizon, when is another company going to swoop in with its own head-mounted Glass knock-off? Well, maybe that’s too negative a connotation, but the reality of the situation is that if Google Glass is even a minor hit, all sorts of other companies are going to be interested in getting their own slice of the growing wearable tech market – just as we’re seeing more manufacturers embrace smartwatches as time goes on. Today, a new rumor looks to Samsung’s interest in such devices, suggesting that it could be releasing its own Glass-like headset early next year.
Love him or hate him, but Eldar Murtazin sure hears enough industry gossip, and overnight he shared the rumor that Samsung could have its own Glass ready to launch by April or May of next year. Reportedly, the device may arrive with Galaxy Gear branding, which sounds like it might become how Samsung positions all of its wearable devices going forward.
We don’t hear anything in specific about the hardware such a model would sport, nor learn about what Samsung might be thinking in terms of a user interface, but the general idea is sensible enough; Samsung has shown its willingness to experiment with wearable devices, and it arguably has the clout to convince skeptical users to take a chance on something new like this. Much as we saw the Galaxy Gear arrive as a Note 3 accessory, could this Gear Glass fill the same role for the Galaxy S 5?