Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Jesi Max

Samsung Will Not Completely Abandon Android Wear For Tizen

Last Friday, it was reported that Samsung is no longer developing future Android Wear devices, according to Fast Company which cited unnamed Samsung executives.


According to the execs, Samsung will reportedly focus on its own Tizen OS for its wearables. The same OS is also becoming the new standard for Samsung's other products such as TVs.

The Samsung executives were also reported saying that Tizen OS is a lot more battery-efficient than Android Wear.

However, Samsung has rebutted Fast Company's report by releasing a statement.

"Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms," the company said on Monday.

Though the statement released by Samsung seems to enforce the idea that it hasn't abandoned Android Wear completely, it doesn't mean that it hasn't changed its priorities either.

Looking at Samsung's wearable devices, Tizen OS-powered wearables have had more developments than the company's Android Wear watch.

Samsung has only released one Android Wear smartwatch, the Gear Live, back in 2014. The company has not released a successor or even any hardware improvements for the device since then, according to Engadget.

This is mainly the reason why many immediately believed Fast Company's report. Samsung's commitment to Android Wear looks like it's already waning.

Samsung's latest smartwatch, the Tizen OS-powered Gear S2, was released just last year and has received some praise from users and critics alike.

The Gear S2 will also allow users to make payments using Samsung Pay and even bring iOS support by the end of the year, according to 9To5Google.

As for Samsung's future Android Wear smartwatch, there's no news floating around about it at all.

Even if Samsung has already released a statement saying that they've not changed their position on Android Wear, future plans for it are bleak.

As of now, Samsung is expected to release the Gear Fit 2 in South Korea next month. It will be running the company's proprietary real-time operating system.

Jesi Max

About Jesi Max -

A writer and entrepreneur who works on the marketing and strategy side of fashion. In particular, her writing and professional work focuses on the art of narrative marketing and branding as it applies to fashion and luxury. She also is the author of TheStyleClash.com, a new blog that looks at fashion from an intellectual perspective.

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