Samsung vs Apple: Go big or go home

click to enlargeImplications for mobile health abound in the fight for the innovation throne. Kicking off the autumn intro season was Samsung’s big reveal Wednesday at IFA Berlin and NYC of their new phablets (Note 4, the oddly curved/fallaway screen Note Edge), the big ‘n’ curvy almost-phone Gear S smartwatch and the virtual reality headset Gear VR for the Note 4. Clearly Samsung is pushing the boundaries on size and innovation leadership–as well as the sheer number of phones/phablets/wearables in market with something for everyone. Its health developer platform SAMI and the Simband hardware [TTA 30 May] plus joint research with UCSF on ‘novel vital signs’ [TTA 2 June] positions it in the health tech area as the alternative to Apple. ZDNet, Gizmag (Gear S), CNet (Gear VR) which may have some health uses.

Next Tuesday is Apple’s premiere of two new iPhone 6 models with 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screens to go on sale this month, plus an announcement for a yet-unnamed Apple wearable, but a rumored price of $400 for on-sale next year. Their developments with Apple Health and the developer platform HealthKit have been covered currently and previously [TTA 3 June]. The wearable not only will use Health apps, but also HomeKit home controls of which little is known. Though people are already lining up outside the New York Apple store, is the old excitement still there? Or is Apple just catching up? MacRumors, Re/Code 27 Aug (wearable), Re/Code 30 Aug (wearable pricing), Re/Code 3 Sep (the NY lines)

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