Samsung smartwatches seem to be planning to abandon Tizen and switch to Google’s Wear OS operating system. The rumor first appeared in 2018, and now another report seems to confirm that Samsung is its next-generation smartwatch.
The APK file of the latest version of the Galaxy Wearable app and found two codenames—Fresh and Wise, which represent Samsung’s next-generation smartwatches, Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4. The watch will come in two sizes: 40/41mm and 44/45mm.
A new plug-in code-named “water” was also found in the APK file. It is said that this is a compatibility layer designed by Samsung for Wear OS. The word “newos ” was also found in the Galaxy Wearable application files. All this points to Samsung’s preparation to launch the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4 smartwatches running Google Wear OS.
The new watches are expected to be released sometime in the second quarter of 2021. It is not clear why Samsung switched from Tizen to Wear OS, the former is a more refined platform. Perhaps this conversion is part of the deeper cooperation between Samsung and Google, perhaps because Tizen lacks sufficient third-party applications and services.
Samsung is quite optimistic about the wearable market, especially after last year’s growth, so the company may be willing to abandon Tizen for better development. Samsung is also developing Galaxy Buds 2 that may replace the original Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+ later this year.