Now Google Glass Gets A Rival - Samsung’s 'Galaxy Glass'

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 29, 2014

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Google will soon have a new competitor for its popular smart eyewear segment, Google Glass. Samsung is readying its version of wearable smart glasses, likely to be called the Galaxy Glass that is expected to hit the market later in September this year, reads a Korean Times report. The news comes shortly after Samsung and Google announced a global patent cross-license agreement.

The report quoted an unnamed official at Samsung, who said the market for smart glass is huge and Samsung wants to take advantage of it. The official said that smart glasses with its tremendous potential will be used in trucks, cars and has a greater impact on related industries such as glass-and coatings-makers.

Smart glasses and other devices will witness a phenomenal growth beginning 2014, believe experts, as a Juniper research predicts the sales of wearable devices to reach 70 million units by 2017, as against 15 million units in 2013. Another research by IHS predicts a whopping global market for smart glasses alone with a shipment of 10 million units in 2016.

The news website further mentions that Samsung registered a patent for wearable glasses in October 2013 and was working with its own display manufacturing arm, Samsung Display. The filing reveals that the functions of the upcoming Galaxy Glass will be similar to that of Google Glass, allowing users to pair it with smartphones and take and make calls, listen to music, display notifications through a tiny eyepiece on a semi-transparent lens. One can assume that the device will give users similar functionality to its Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Some details however are missing on the Galaxy Glass. The report did not reveal the platform the Galaxy Glass will use; an open source software like Android, which powers most of its gadgets, or a closed software such as Samsung Tizen OS, say analysts.

Meanwhile, Google has recently unveiled its range of prescription lenses and styled frames for Glass, allowing users to choose from a variety of shades and designs for the smart device.

Analysts believe global leaders would definitely want to enjoy a ‘first-mover’ advantage in every category. As a result, it will be interesting to watch which companies get better stakes in the race for smart glasses.