Right now, Samsung owns about 77% of the smartwatch market, so they really don’t need to use Android Wear, but it’s always great to have more partners with Android Wear. Especially with it being brand new to everyone. LG and Motorola are already releasing their Android Wear smartwatches next quarter, with LG’s rumored to be released at Google I/O or shortly after. A new smartwatch from Samsung has just visited the FCC. The model is SM-R382. In comparison to the Gear 2, this smartwatch is about 10mm shorter, giving it dimensions of 37 x 46 mm. Compared to the Gear 2’s dimensions of 36.9 mm x 58.4 mm.
What’s interesting here is that the model number falls in line with the Gear 2, being a SM-R38X model number. Although Samsung has recently trademarked the Galaxy Wear name, which we are betting on being an Android Wear smartwatch, although we could be wrong. But we’re pretty sure it’ll be running Android since only Android Samsung devices are named Galaxy. Windows devices are ATIV and so far the Tizen smartwatches have just been Gear.
We should see a lot more about Android Wear at Google I/O later this month, but Samsung was on the list of partners that Google released when they released the Android Wear SDK earlier this year. Along with ASUS, Acer, HTC, LG, Motorola, Fossil and a few others. So far only two Android Wear devices have been announced but none have been released just yet. With Samsung already having such a foothold on the smartwatch market, it’ll be interesting to see what happens once all these Android Wear smartwatches start making their way out and into the wild. Samsung’s market share will likely go up and make Android Wear a hit, simply because of their market share. But it will be interesting to watch.
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