Samsung could abandon Tizen OS as an operating system for its smartwatches. According to Ice Universe, one of the most active and trusted Twitter leakers, the South Korean manufacturer would once again bet on Android in its next wearables. Wear OS, to be more exact.
Samsung’s new watch will use Android to replace Tizen.
– Ice universe (@UniverseIce) February 19, 2021
This rumor does not go unnoticed since, since 2012, Samsung has not stopped promoting its own platform. Tizen OS is also present in home appliances and smart watches. And while it has received criticism, many users seemed to be satisfied with its performance and features.
The latest – and only – watch that Samsung has launched with Android Wear (now called Wear OS) is the Gear Live, announced in 2014. Since then all products in this category have arrived with Tizen.
Thanks to this proprietary system, the South Korean company has achieved a full control of the software on your wearables. However, some drawbacks have also arisen. The platform’s application catalog, for example, is quite scarce. It is possible that due to the latter Samsung is evaluating the return to the Google platform.
Samsung would move into a declining ecosystem
The outlook on Wear Os is not looking too good. Many of the watches that are available on the market today have processors Snapdragon Wear 2100 or 3100. It is a generation of chips based on the Snapdragon 400, which falls short of the competition in performance and power consumption.
Qualcomm tried to incentivize manufacturers to use Wear Os with new processors. In June 2020 he presented the Snapdragon 4100, a chip that promised to be 85% faster than the 3100. Mobvoi was one of the companies that jumped on that bandwagon with the TicWatch Pro 3, yet the ecosystem has remained without taking off.
As if this were not enough, Wear Os seems the great forgotten of the Silicon Valley company. It has received very little improvement in recent months. In this way, the arrival of Samsung could be the lifeline that the platform needs. Although Apple is far behind in terms of sales, its figures could help it take off for good.
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