The unconfirmed Samsung wearable we’ve been hearing about over the last few weeks has been mentioned in yet another report. According to latest word from SamMobile, Samsung’s very next smartwatch will be called the Galaxy Watch and there will be no Gear S4 this year. The tech blog is confident in this and goes even further to clarify what more to expect from the upcoming timepiece.
SamMobile has shut down all rumors of the Wear OS smartwatch made by Samsung. The watch will feature Tizen 4.0, the latest version of Samsung’s in-house OS. This isn’t all that surprising since Samsung has managed well with its own system on Gear smartwatches. There will be no separate version running Google’s Wear OS coming any time soon, so if that’s what you were hoping for, you’ve run out of luck.
Samsung will stick with Tizen going forward and doesn’t appear to have interest in making a Wear OS comeback. Personally I was hoping they would, but knowing Samsung, it wouldn’t make sense especially right now as Google tries to rebuild the platform for a fighting chance against Tizen-powered watches. While the upcoming Android P platform update could help Wear OS, Samsung could have helped more in getting Wear OS back in the game. Now Google will have to rely on LG, Huawei and itself to launch new Wear OS smartwatches, if the OS is to make any kind of comeback.
It has also been confirmed that Samsung’s smartwatch will be named ‘Galaxy Watch’ after much deliberation. This is the first time Samsung will use Galaxy branding instead of Gear branding for a smartwatch. The Galaxy name is strong with smartphones, and we don’t know if Samsung will continue its Gear lineup. However, the brand shift could indicate a big upgrade. We’ve already heard about features like blood pressure measuring, and the device will sport a round display like its Gear S3 predecessors.
It has also been reported that Bixby will come part of Tizen 4.0. This would make the Galaxy Watch the first with Samsung’s AI assistant. Currently, Bixby is on just a few devices (mostly smartphones). It’s still in need of a lot of work, so maybe the update we’ve been expecting will come out in time for the watch launch, which could happen as early as Unpacked 18 alongside the Galaxy Note 9. If Samsung holds out a bit longer, we could see the watch at IFA 2018 alongside other gadgets like year’s past. This has not been confirmed yet, nor has anything concerning Bixby, but we’ll keep you posted.
Hopefully now you have a better idea of what to expect. All we can do at this point is wait. Let us know in the comments if you’d be interested in buying the Galaxy smartwatch from what you’ve heard thus far.