Google Glass is expected to see a wide release at some point this year, but Google’s wearable HUD display may be competing with a similar product from Samsung. According to The Korea Times, the South Korea company is currently developing its own Galaxy Glass competitor, and hopes to launch the new device at the IFA expo in Berlin this September.
“The new smart glass to be introduced by Samsung is a new concept of wearable device that can lead to an exciting culture of communication,” a company official told The Korea Times. “The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability.”
Samsung was arguably the first major tech company to release a viable smartwatch design (we say major because Pebble existed at the time, too) when it unveiled the Galaxy Gear at last year’s IFA conference. Whether the company’s “smart glass” will be a knockoff of Google’s own design or a unique product is unclear, though Samsung has faced criticism and litigation in the past for imitating its competitors.
The Korea Times claims Google is currently analyzing the final set of responses from its early adopters before the wide release of Google Glass in the second half of 2014. The search giant also recently signed a 10-year patent-sharing deal with Samsung, meaning Google may not be able to stop Samsung’s device from hitting the market.