Until now, Samsung has always used the Tizen operating system for its smart home devices and smartwatches. This has allowed the company to control both hardware and software on watches like the Galaxy Watch Active or the latest Galaxy Watch 3.
However, Tizen’s app ecosystem is quite limited. So it is very likely that Samsung will remove Tizen and use the Android operating system for their upcoming smartwatch devices.
Samsung could use Android for the next generation of Galaxy Watch
There have been many rumors that Samsung will use Android (Wear OS) instead of Tizen for the upcoming wearable devices. @UniverseIce made a similar prediction on Twitter.
Why is Samsung making such an important decision now? Experts say it is due to the application ecosystem. The amount of software that supports Tizen is quite rare compared to Wear OS. The Galaxy Watch running Wear OS is sure to attract more users thanks to the support of third-party developers.
In fact, this is not the first time we’ve heard rumors that Samsung will switch to Android for its smartwatches. Similar rumors have appeared since 2018 when Samsung rebranded its smartwatch from “Gear” to “Galaxy”. Even at that time many people believed that it was true.
Because in the past, Samsung smartwatches with the Galaxy brand also ran Android. But the company quickly switched to Tizen in 2014 with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. In other words, in the past, the company used to use the Galaxy brand for Android devices. However, things changed with the Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch Active 2, and Galaxy Watch 3 all running Tizen.
Currently, there is no reliable information that proves the next generation of Galaxy Watch will use Android. However, there are quite a few famous leaker who have predicted similar prediction.
A Galaxy Watch running Wear OS would probably be completely different from today’s smartwatch devices from Samsung. The user interface will be different and so will the features. Also, Google doesn’t let OEMs change Wear OS too much, so it’s possible that certain Galaxy Watch-specific features could be dropped, for example, Bixby.
There are still many questions that have not been answered. Will Samsung still provide updates for Tizen devices? Will Samsung’s new Android smartwatch replace current Tizen-powered products or will it sell both at the same time? TechMody will update to provide you with the correct information and matters.