Google has been talking a lot about Android Wear, its new platform for wearables, ahead of next week’s Google I/O event. But the big news from the show could be Samsung’s smartwatches running on Android Wear, which the Korean giant is expected to unveil. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
LG and Motorola have already taken the wraps off their smartwatches running on Android Wear, though there is very little we know about the Moto 360. We are hoping to learn some more about it later this week. However, the big news would be Samsung’s entry in the fray, after it experimented with both Android and Tizen for its smartwatches. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
According to CNET, Samsung has two smartwatch models running on Android Wear, one on its own Exynos chipset and another running on Qualcomm’s silicon. It isn’t clear which model Samsung would unveil at I/O.
Samsung’s first generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch ran on Android but earlier this year it introduced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, both of which ran on Tizen. It reportedly even updated last year’s Galaxy Gear to Tizen.
According to Strategy Analytics, fewer than 2 million smartwatches were shipped in 2013 from all vendors but that market is expected boom this year. It estimates that Samsung alone has shipped 500,000 smartwatches in the first quarter of 2014 alone. Getting Samsung to embrace Android Wear for its wearables will be a big deal for Google.
Google’s latest video explaining Android Wear to developers follows.