The Samsung Galaxy Watch is no longer a rumor as the company leaked images of the watch on its site — then quickly took them down.
Images of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Leaked
The snafu was reported on CNET by Scott Stein, who also managed to get a screenshot of the watch before Samsung removed the images.
The only information available on the company’s US website was the image of the Galaxy Watch in a 42mm Rose Gold version with Bluetooth along with its model number (SM-R810NZDAXAR).
According to Stein, the model number didn’t match what Samsung filed with the FCC. Though it is certainly part of the R800 series mentioned in earlier reports, this could be a new version with added features.
If the Samsung posting was truly a mistake, it was certainly a fortuitous one. The leak may have resulted in the biggest headline smartwatches have received in some time.
This is Stein’s Twitter feed as the event unfolded:
— Scott Stein (@jetscott) July 23, 2018
There was great hope when smartwatches started entering the marketplace, but the lackluster adoption by consumers is an ongoing problem.
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), smartwatches will capture 32.8% of the wearable market in 2018 with 43.6 million units shipped around the world. The growth in the next four years will raise this to 38.3% with 84.1 million units expected to ship in 2022. That translates to a 17.9% compound annual growth rate. But it’s still very low compared to smartphones.
The forecast by eMarketer is not much better, as the firm downgraded its projection for wearable usage. It is projecting the number of US adult smartwatch users by 2021 will go down to 6.2% compared to the 20% range in 2018.
Cindy Liu, forecasting analyst for eMarketer, explains, “Consumers have yet to find a reason to justify the cost of a smartwatch, which can sometimes cost as much as a smartphone.”
Businesses owners, just like regular consumers, generally need a good justification when spending more money on technology. But they also look for ways to optimize these technologies to improve the way they communicate, run their businesses and become more efficient.
With the right smartwatch and app, you can get more organized, receive notifications, send messages, find your way around, make payment, take notes and more.
There are hundreds of apps for iOS and Android smartwatches specifically designed to help you get the most out of your device. Everyone from SalesForce to Slack, Microsoft, Trello, IFTT and Evernote have smartwatch apps.
Granted you can do all of these things and more with your smartphone, but a smartwatch may be able to make it much easier if you use it properly.