Wearable tech has gotten a lot of news lately. The tide has turned for the desire for wearable technology and it shows no signs of slowing. Even Google has realized the demand for wearable tech and has released Android Wear for OEMs to implement into their devices. This Android Wear release has given Samsung yet another operating system to play around with. Earlier this year, Samsung’s Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo were released with Samsung’s Tizen OS while the Gear Fit was released with RTOS. This was expected by the tech community because it could be believed that Samsung wanted to try and get its content and various services out in the forefront and therefore rely less on Google’s services. Not only that, but it also allowed the tech Giant to put light-weight OS’s in lower powered hardware and get great performance and battery life out of the devices.
Samsung’s Senior VP of Product Strategy, Yoon Han-kil, went on the record with Reuters to discuss Samsung’s future use of Google’s Android Wear. He did not give a great deal of detail but he did divulge that Samsung has plans to use the Android Wear OS on a smartwatch sometime later this year. Yoon also disclosed that a high-end Tizen Smartphone is on the horizon for launch as well. This is pretty good news for a company this is trying to keep its dominance in the mobile space.
With the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit Samsung is currently trying to occupy the general public’s minds while working effectively to empty their wallets. This being the case, it can be assumed to be a doubtful chance that Samsung will put the Android Wear OS on a wearable and announce it any time soon. The company will more than likely want to make sure that their newly released product gets into the hands of as many consumers as possible before they push a new fully Google supported wearable out to the masses. I think this would be a wise decision as too much too soon can hurt profits. Having choices is good but having too many choices can spread your profits thin.
Samsung recently filed for a trademark this week on devices called the Galaxy S Fitness, Galaxy Now and Galaxy Solo. It is unknown which of these would have Android Wear OS on the inside but, if the past is any indication, the Galaxy S Fitness stands a good chance of being the one since the current Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have no Galaxy in their name and run Tizen OS. Time will tell what Samsung decides to do. It does make for some interesting speculation and something to watch in the future.
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