Samsung reportedly prepping Google Glass rival; Himax rallies


The Korea Times reports Samsung (SSNLF, SSNGY) is working on a Google Glass alternative tentatively called Galaxy Glass, and plans to launch it at September's IFA consumer electronics show "at the earliest."

Google Glass microdisplay supplier Himax (HIMX +5.3%) is rallying in response. The sell-side has been optimistic about rising sales of Himax's LCOS microdisplays to buyers not named Google. Himax told Chardan Capital last September it's in the early stages of ramping microdisplay production for another client; Chardan believed the company in question is Microsoft, which was later reported by the WSJ to be prototyping a smart glass product.

The Samsung report comes amid a harsh critical and consumer response to the electronics giant's Galaxy Gear smartwatch. To effectively compete against Google, Samsung will need to build a developer ecosystem that's at least reasonably competitive with the one Google is creating for Glass.

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  • a1shot
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    Isnt Himax partnering with both companies?
    27 Jan 2014, 11:40 AM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    Invn also rallying to a lesser extent. Considering INVN is in Glass and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it will probably show up in this new samsung wearable product.
    27 Jan 2014, 11:44 AM Reply Like
  • a1shot
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    isnt it partnering with Apple as well? I think they are on the wearable watch partnerships?
    27 Jan 2014, 11:50 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Makes the 10 year Samsung-Google patent cross-licensing deal from the other day shine with a whole new light.
    27 Jan 2014, 11:56 AM Reply Like
  • nautor42
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    Makes Google's investment in HIMX look really smart as they'll make money off their competitors.
    27 Jan 2014, 12:15 PM Reply Like
  • flux8
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    LOL...I'm gonna grab the popcorn when Samsung releases this. Let's see if it's as successful as Galaxy Gear.

     

    It does make you wonder if Google sanctioned this behind close doors. After all, it's a virtual certainty that they'll use Google's interface. Maybe this is Google's way of offloading the risk of manufacturing the hardware while increasing Android usage.
    27 Jan 2014, 01:16 PM Reply Like
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