Samsung discontinued Android smartwatches a while ago, the most recent being the Gear Live, which was announced in 2014 when Wear OS was called Android Wear. He then turned to his own OS, Tizen, and hasn’t looked back since. However, that could change as the next smartwatch from the South Korean company is rumored to run either Google Wear OS or its own Android-based user interface.
This development comes from Ice universe, who doesn’t share more information on specific upcoming watches. However guys from Galactic club Samsung is reported to be working on two devices with model numbers SM-R86x and SM-R87x. They speculate that they could be part of the Galaxy Watch Active 3 or 4. Given that the regular Galaxy Watch series was already updated last year, it would make sense for the following models to come with an active brand.
According to rumors, Samsung’s Wear OS watch could be the successor to the Galaxy Watch Active2.
Samsung and Google have been strengthening their ties lately, and the Galaxy S21 series is proof of that. The smartphones replaced Samsung’s SMS app with Google Messages and even gave users the ability to position Google’s Discover channel to the left of their home screens. Last year, the two companies teamed up to make their smart home products more compatible. There were even reports that Google convinced Samsung to ditch Bixby and the Samsung App store. However, this has not happened yet.
Over the years, Samsung’s Tizen OS for smartwatches has been refined to offer capabilities that surpass most Wear OS watches, especially in the areas of energy efficiency and performance, as Corbin noted in his Galaxy Watch3 review. If the next Galaxy Watch will use Wear OS or a new custom version of Android, it remains to be seen if Samsung can deliver the same good experience.
If the rumor is confirmed, it could be a punch in the hand that Wear OS desperately needs.