Samsung Galaxy Watch with Wear OS is on the way?
Samsung is reportedly working on a Samsung Galaxy Watch that runs Wear OS. Despite having a pretty successful ecosystem with their own Tizen OS, a smartwatch that’s expected running on Google’s Wear OS has been spotted in the latest kernel source code for the Samsung Galaxy S20.
The smartwatch in question is denoted as “Merlot WearOS”, which touts the Broadcom BCM43013. Aside from the rather obvious name and the Broadcom chip mentioned, there isn’t much else to go off on. Still, it should be presumably named the Samsung Galaxy Watch4, going by Samsung’s naming convention.
Samsung is rumored to use Wear OS in a future smartwatch, according to @UniverseIce. While I can’t confirm it, we did find *one* piece of evidence for it in the updated kernel source for the One UI 3.1 update for the Exynos S20 series.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) March 2, 2021
While I don’t think Samsung will be throwing away years of progress with their Tizen-based smartwatches for Wear OS, Samsung might be pandering to Android enthusiasts and maybe Google too. Perhaps Google thinks that Samsung’s brand power behind a Wear OS wearable might propel it to prominence again, despite them acquiring Fossil’s smartwatch tech.
Google themselves have been paying Wear OS limited attention in recent times, probably due to the limited adoption among OEMs, so it will be interesting to see what comes out of this. The next Samsung Galaxy Watch might arrive with both Tizen and Wear OS-powered versions, providing wearable enthusiasts an option.
Wear OS still has the upper hand when it comes to the library of apps available, but the user experience of Tizen is far better, with Samsung’s smartwatches proving themselves by offering much better battery life than Wear OS while doing just about as much. Well, we will see what Samsung plans on doing with Wear OS soon enough.
Pokdepinion: I am not sure if Wear OS is the way forward for Samsung. I mean, if other OEMs choose Wear OS for their wearables, it’s fine, because they do not have a robust ecosystem like Samsung does with Tizen…