Samsung Gear Glass with Tizen OS Coming at IFA 2014, to Rival Google Glass

Google will not be the only one manufacturing a “Glass” product

By Alexandra Arici on May 13th, 2014 11:42 GMT

Throughout the years Google has launched countless worthy products, but without much doubt, the most controversial one is the Glass.

So far the product hasn't had a lot of competition, but bear in mind the consumer version of the Glass hasn't even been made available mainstream, so there’s actually no real feed-back on how the product has been received.

Hence it might make sense why some companies are skittish to jump into the Glass bandwagon. 

The Google Glass has been rolled out only for developers and to early adopters who are willing to pay up to $1,500 / €1,090 for an “Explorer Version.”

Nevertheless, things are about to change, and the Google Glass might soon see its position threatened. A new piece of evidence coming to us from Asian media (via Gforgames) seems to suggest that Samsung too is working on a Glass of its own.

Sources familiar with the matter claim the so-called Gear Glass will be introduced by the Korean tech giant as soon as September at the IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany, an event scheduled to take place between 5 and 10 of the month.

With the same occasion, Samsung is expected to roll out the Galaxy Note 4, too.

And now for a few details about what the Gear Glass will look like. According to the information available, the wearable will be an ear and eye piece. A sketch of the purported gizmo has also been made available, detailing a device that looks like a Bluetooth earpiece with a heads-up display.

So Samsung will take a different approach with its Gear Glass and will not pave the same road Google has been on.

On top of that, we’re also being told that the Gear Glass will run Tizen OS, which is to be expected especially since Sammy’s latest wearables, the Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo also run Samsung’s own OS.

The Korean source apparently talked to a Samsung “associate” who claimed that, after the launch of the first smartwatch, the device manufacturers managed to “secure a considerable amount of smart glass-related technology and patents.”

He also goes on to say that, like the original Samsung smartwatch which was pushed out into the world in September, the Gear Glass will also make a debut during the same month.

In recent times, Samsung has been awarded with a Glass-related patent from the American Patent Law Association. But the question remains, can Samsung work around the issues the Google Glass is confronted with and make such a device attractive to the main-stream consumer?
Samsung Gear Glass will arrive at IFA 2014
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