Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Apple are planning to release their new smartwatch products in the second half of this year. At present, Apple is leading the global smartwatch marketwith a share of more than 20% and much attention is being paid to whether Android smartwatch manufacturers will adopt the Wear OS, Google's operating system designed for smartwatches and other wearables.
Samsung Electronics is expected to unveil the follow-up model of the Gear S3 soon. According to Sam Mobile and TechRadar, Samsung Electronics recently applied for trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Fit. This means the name of the follow-up model is likely to be Galaxy Watch instead of Gear S4. In addition, the new model is predicted to adopt the Wear OS instead of the Tizen OS.
The Apple Watch 4 is likely to make its debut with new iPhones in September this year. Apple recently obtained a patent from the USPTO regarding a round display, which means the new smartwatch of Apple may come with a round display instead of or as well as a square display.
LG Electronics, in the meantime, is expected to release a new smartwatch next month by the name of Timepiece. According to Android Headline, the Timepiece comes with a round display with a diameter of approximately 3 cm.
In the fourth quarter of last year, Apple supplied about eight million wearable devices in the global market to record a market share of 21%. It was followed by Fitbit (5.4 million), Xiaomi (4.9 million), Garmin (2.5 million) and Huawei (1.6 million).