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The analysts are missing the mark
JimMcGregor   2/26/2014 10:43:14 AM
I have to chime in on this one. First, I will agree that a full-version of Android is overkill for wearables unless you want full smartphone features. However, Android is built around a kernel. You do not need to use everything. Second, Tizen will have absolutely no impact on the market unless other OEMs use it as well. I don't see this happening because OEMs don't want to use hardware or software platforms controller by other OEMs. Motorola, Nokia, and Intel all tried this in the past. This might still be a good solution for Samsung, but Samsung will have to do the heavy lifting to port apps over to Tizen or the RTOS. The rest of the industry is more likely to stick with Android if they want that level of functionality. Otherwise, any version of Linux or RTOS will suffice.

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Re: Mother ship model or non-mother ship model?
zewde yeraswork   2/26/2014 9:44:53 AM
Yes, but with more complex and advanced devices--both smartphones and wearables--it is true, as the analysts in this story say, that companies will have to invest in more powerful and advanced chips.

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Re: Mother ship model or non-mother ship model?
zeeglen   2/26/2014 9:30:46 AM
This might be a strange thought to many, but not everybody has a smartphone. Or wants to have one...

Ditto.  The only time I do not have access to a real computer is when I am driving my car.  I have no desire to app and drive at the same time.

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Re: Mother ship model or non-mother ship model?
Physiker   2/26/2014 8:47:06 AM
This might be a strange thought to many, but not everybody has a smartphone. Or wants to have one...

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Mother ship model or non-mother ship model?
junko.yoshida   2/25/2014 9:33:40 PM
Jessica, thanks for a well-researched story. 

You quoted Rick Doherty saying:

"The original Galaxy Gear depended almost totally on a mobile phone for its intelligence; sort of a mother ship and motor launch," he said. "The next generation put more intelligence into devices and some may never need to talk to phone."

While I understand what the analyst is saying, I disagree. Everyone already has a smartphone. Why tax your next wearable with redundant functions?

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