Samsung’s Galaxy Watch will ship with Tizen 4.0, the company’s very own operating system which was announced exactly fourteen months ago, SamMobile reports, citing no specific sources. While rumors about the possibility that the upcoming wearable runs Google’s Wear OS have been circulating the industry for months now, the chances of such a scenario happening are now understood to be next to none. Tizen 4.0 debuts a wide variety of improvements compared to the OS running on the 2016 Gear S3 series that the Galaxy Watch is practically succeeding, even though the South Korean company is now said to have dropped the “Gear S4” moniker in favor of adding its high-end smartwatches to the Galaxy family, one of the most well-known product brands on the planet.
Tizen 4.0 ships with a broad range of new features aimed at the Internet of Things segment which are likely to be complemented by Bixby, Samsung’s artificial intelligence assistant that will reportedly be implemented into the upcoming Galaxy Watch. Users will hence likely be able to control a wide variety of smart home appliances and other devices by simply speaking to their smartwatch, in addition to asking the timepiece for information. At least two models from the Galaxy Watch family are understood to be 4G LTE-enabled, meaning they’ll be fully operational even without being paired to a smartphone, Android or otherwise.
While Bixby is likely to be advertised as one of the main selling points of Samsung’s next premium wearable line, the series should still place a large focus on fitness tracking and customizability. The Seoul-based technology giant is expected to officially announce the Galaxy Watch shortly after unveiling the Galaxy Note 9 flagship on August 9, with most recent rumors pointing to an IFA launch in Berlin, Germany. Samsung traditionally had a strong presence at the late summer trade show whose latest iteration is running from August 31 through September 5.