Samsung was one of the first companies to launch a smartwatch with Android Wear, now called Wear OS. However, the company abandoned the partnership to focus on its own Tizen operating system, which is featured in the latest line of its smartwatches. However, it looks like Samsung might be getting ready to give Wear OS a second chance.
According to a tweet from long-time leaker Evan Blass, Samsung employees have been wearing Gear watches that are running Wear OS. This hints at the fact that Samsung might be considering making the switch to Wear OS for its next smartwatch. For that reason, Samsung might just be testing it with its employees. The tweet also brings us back to previous rumors that have suggested the next generation Gear S4 to feature Wear OS, instead of Tizen. However, nothing can be confirmed yet. But we can say that Blass has had a good track record with rumors in the past.
That said, smartwatches is the only area where Tizen OS has looked promising. On Gear smartwatches, it’s known for good battery life and excellent notification management. However, Tizen certainly lacks app support, which is where Google’s Wear OS triumphs. Not to mention it also comes with Google Assistant, which will be a great addition to Samsung’s smartwatches.
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Samsung also needs to make these changes to compete with Apple Watch, which as we’ve learnt recently, has the highest market share in the industry. Part of its success comes with the new LTE feature that no other Android smartwatch offers. That might just change if Samsung joins hands with Google.