Can Samsung Win Over Wrists With Gear Solo, Or Is Apple Needed?
Smartwatches haven’t succeeded. There’s no question about it. Even as more big names in the tech industry — like Samsung (SSNLF.PK) — offer the wrist-worn devices, none of the smartwatches that have come to market have struck up the same levels of demand as smartphones have. It’s possible that this weakness may have stemmed from the inability of many smartwatches to stand on their own. Samsung has been rumored to be working on a way to resolve that weakness with what the Korean Herald hasreported could be called the Gear Solo.
Patently Apple reports that it found a trademark filing with the Korean Intellectual Property office for the name “Samsung Gear Solo.” The Korean Herald also reports that the filed trademark is for the Gear Solo. The name certainly suggests that the device will be a loner, needing no accompanying device to function.
Samsung’s first iterations of the Gear smartwatch required a bluetooth connection to offer much in the way of phone capabilities. Want to make a phone call it? Need to have a phone nearby connecting to it via bluetooth. In that capacity, it wouldn’t seem to offer consumers much more than a simple bluetooth headset (and at a higher price). However, if users could make phone calls, send text messages, and use data without the need for a second device doing all the networking, a smartwatch may have more value to offer.
In March, CNET suggested that Samsung would be coming out with a standalone Gear smartwatch in the future that would have its own mobile connection. With the copyright filing for the Gear Solo, it looks like this is a distinct possibility.