Samsung's Tizen-Based Google Glass Rival Due With Galaxy Note 4: Report

Samsung's Tizen-Based Google Glass Rival Due With Galaxy Note 4: Report
Samsung seems to be throwing everything it has behind its wearable segment. A new report from Korea suggests that the company will unveil its first eyewear device, believed to be dubbed Gear Glass, in September at IFA.

Business Korea reports that the Samsung's alleged Google Glass competitor will be based on Tizen, much like the second generation Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wearable devices announced this year. It's worth noting that Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear powered by Android last year, a smartwatch that received mixed response from the market, alongside the Galaxy Note 3.

The report also quotes an unnamed Samsung associate, who said, "We rolled out the smartwatch first, and have secured a considerable amount of smart glass-related technology and patents. Following the roll out of our smart watch Galaxy Gear in September last year, we are slated to introduce our smart glass Gear Glass this September."

The Samsung Gear Glass rumours started back in October when the firm was seen filing a patent which showed a smartphone-connected design for glasses that can display information from the handset.

The alleged eyewear from the South Korean giant is said to be able to play music and receive phone calls through earphones built into its frame. It is also said to give hands-free control over the smartphone. The patent sketch showed a thumbnail-sized display over the left eyeglass like Google's eyewear, which has a tiny display over the right eyeglass that shows information and websites.

As of now, the eyewear wearable segment is dominated by Google Glass which was re-stocked and was made available for general public in the US at $1,500 on Wednesday.

(Also see: $1500 Google Glass Costs Less Than $80 to Make: Report)

Notably, Google Glass units were sold out within a day when Google had offered the eyewear to the general public in April.

Recently, Epson announced the commercial availability of its second-generation Moverio BT-200 smart glasses.


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