Samsung is taking a lot of inspiration from the Apple Watch


Even with its head start in the smartwatch market, Samsung wasn’t even able to come close to being as successful as Apple was within just a few months of releasing the Apple Watch. Clearly Apple knows something that Samsung doesn’t, which is why the company apparently took a lot of inspiration from the Apple Watch with the upcoming Galaxy Gear 2, which isn’t really a bad thing considering how nice the Apple Watch’s interface is. 

Samsung’s Unpacked event on Thursday brought more than a blown-up S6 Edge and a new Note — the company also gave a sneak peak at the next version of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a significant update that takes more than a few cues from Apple’s own wearable. The Gear S2 — Galaxy branding is apparently passé in the fashion world — is round, unlike its rectangular forebears. It also seems to be running Samsung’s own Tizen operating system, rather than Google’s Android Wear, which powered the first-gen Gear. With the form factor shift comes a new user interface, which features a group of round icons that look somewhat familiar. What seems to be a dialer is nearly identical to the Apple Watch’s Friends view; the Weather icon swaps the sun to the right-rear of the cloud. In sum, Samsung seems to have returned to the strategy it employed during its “crisis of design” in the wake of the iPhone’s release.

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