Next Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch Mimics Apple Watch Interface

On the same day that Samsung lost its appeal of $400 million ruling against it for copying the original iPhone design, the company previewed its new smartwatch, which appears to copy the Apple Watch design.

It's shocking because there's really no need to. Many Apple Watch users love the watch, but are not thrilled with the circular icons that become harder to navigate and tap on, the more apps you have. There have even been attempts by users to create a better Apple Watch interface than the one Apple made. But that interface is precisely what the Samsung watch emulates. In fact, if you look closely, they took things like the weather icon and flipped it horizontally. The same with the runner. And the text message speech bubble, which is a rounded rectangle instead of Apple's oval. The Phone icon isn't changed at all. Which is funny because how long has it been since that kind of a handset, with a mouthpiece and earcup was in use? Samsung had a real chance to be creative, and it looks like they phoned it in, no pun intended.

To be clear, the Apple Watch hardware has a rounded rectangle design, just like the original Samsung Gear watch, which also had a curved screen. The new Samsung Gear will be circular, like traditional watches and the Moto 360 and LG smartwatches. The circular design should appeal to a lot of watch purists. So it's surprising that Samsung would copy the Apple interface when Samsung was on pace to create its own distinct product. Watch the reveal video and pay attention at the 1:07 mark and decide for yourself if Samsung is up to its old tricks.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.