Samsung is planning to introduce a smartwatch that can act as a stand-alone phone. This smartwatch will be able to make and receive calls without being tethered to a smartphone. It will also take photos, send email and come with GPS, Bluetooth and a heart monitor. Samsung’s new watch-phone, which will come with a SIM card, will be one of a handful of stand-alone devices on the market, and the only one yet from a major manufacturer.
Samsung is already in talks with telecom carriers in the U.S., South Korea and Europe about the watch-phone, and hopes to unveil the gadget between June and July. It will run on Samsung’s homegrown operating system, Tizen, which was co-developed with Intel Corp.
Although Samsung may find some success in this regard in the developed nations yet it may not be successful in developing countries like India due to regulatory and other concerns.
Further, the intelligence and security agencies would be quick to flash the national security and law and order card to defeat any such attempt of Samsung in Asian countries, especially India.
The cyber law due diligence (PDF) and cyber security due diligence issues would also surface in India in due course of time. If the recent prosecutions of companies like Google, Target Corporation, EBay, etc are considered, it is clear that Samsung would be required to comply with many techno legal compliances around the world that it has not contemplated till now.
Nevertheless this is a commendable effort on the part of Samsung and we at Perry4Law would be glad to see it explore Indian markets very soon.