Samsung Electronics is developing a wristwatch as it races against
Apple to create a new industry of wearable, smartphone devices.
"We've been preparing the watch product for so long," Lee Young
Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, said
during an interview with Bloomberg in Seoul. "We are working very
hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future,
and the watch is definitely one of them."
Samsung's disclosure comes after people familiar with Apple's plans
said last month the U.S. company has about 100 product designers
working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform similar
functions to the iPhone and iPad.
Apple's wristwatch, coming this year, will reportedly allow letting
users make calls, see the identity of incoming callers and check
map coordinates. It would also feature a pedometer for counting
steps and sensors for monitoring health-related data.