Whenever we think of the battle of operating systems in mobiles, it’s mostly between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. For that matter, even in terms of the wearables, the instant thought is the ultimate back and forth between the Android Wear and Apple WatchOS. However, the game seems to have changed, with other players joining the top charts. Samsung’s spin on Tizen OS, commonly found in their smartwatch and smart TV offerings, has officially moved past Android Wear in the smartwatch market for the first quarter of 2017.
According to a new report from Strategy Analytics (via Tizen Experts), during Q1 of 2017, Samsung’s Tizen OS overtook Google’s Android Wear for the first time with 19 percent of the overall market compared to Google’s 18 percent. The jump is Tizen’s market share can be easily attributed to Samsung’s Gear S2 and Gear S3 series smartwatch, which have managed to achieve widespread popularity and get the best of the wide variety of Android Wear options out there. ALSO READ: Samsung Gear S3 Review: A smartwatch that leaves you impressed
Among the many reasons how Tizen managed to climb up to no 2 in the wearable market share, is the inclusion of Samsung Pay, which uses Magnetic Secure Transmission to work in places where Android Pay cannot. Samsung’s OS also syncs up nicely with iOS and Android smartphones, which means that it gives an option to those Apple fans who are looking for something other than the Apple Watch, and it does not have to be a generic fitness band. LTE connectivity, advanced health features, and deep integration with Samsung’s popular Galaxy smartphone lineup have also been some helping factors. ALSO READ: Samsung Gear S2 hands-on and first impressions: A smartwatch that thinks different
However, Apple’s WatchOS towered over both Android Wear and Tizen OS, with 57 percent of the market, while others, such as Pebble and proprietary OS’, filled in only 6 percent of the market. ALSO READ: Apple Watch 3 with LTE support to launch in the second half of 2017
Samsung stopped making Android Wear watches back in 2015 and went with their own Tizen OS, already found in their TVs and their Z smartphone series. The move proved to be a smart one, and Tizen’s market share has nearly tripled from a 6.7 percent figure back in 2015. RELATED: Apple Watch leads wearable tech market in Q1 2017, fitness band hits first ever decline: Report