I always wanted a watch that shoots lasers, but I'll settle for shooting wine from my wrists. Samsung recently unveiled the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, and with it, Copenhagen-based Vivino could finally share the app they created for the new technology. The South Korean manufacturer selected Vivino to bring their smartphone app to people's wrists, which sounds like a cool use-case of both companies technologies.
Vivino's app allows users to take a picture of a wine bottle, and then uses some computer vision technology to match up the wine to Vivino's database, giving users information on the style of wine, ratings, and other fun things like letting you see on google maps where the wine is grown. Rather than helping you find new bottles of wine at the wine store, Vivino targets their app to help you remember your favorite vintages you're already tried. Theres a huge overlap of people interested in wine and people interested in new gadgets, which explains Samsung's enthusiasm to put Vivino pre-installed on all watches.
Spotify announced yesterday that is has added support for Symbian smartphones. Symbian is used by Nokia, SonyEricsson and Samsung. This has been a long awaited release as Symbian is still the most widespread phone OS around, thus dramatically increasing the potential for new Spotify users. While being a nice update and all, there might be something else in the makes regarding these application platforms. While many companies port their software to multiple platforms, not many are able to take advantage of them to the extent Spotify does. Earlier this month Spotify announced that it has signed a deal with 3 UK to distribute HTC phones with Spotify premium included. This may be the route Spotify is more eagerly going to take in the near future regarding other operators in Europe as well.