Huawei has established itself as a major player in the smartwatch market by offering some great wearable devices that are powered by Google’s Android Wear. Samsung is its competitor in this market, the South Korean conglomerate has launched a couple of impressive Tizen-powered smartwatches which provide an alternative to Google’s operating system. A report out of South Korea claims that Huawei is working with Samsung to launch a smartwatch that’s going to be powered by Tizen.
It’s surprising because the company has not previously given any indication that it wants to move away from Android Wear. However, it would make sense for Huawei to adopt Tizen OS given that it was one of the first members of the Tizen Association which included the likes of Intel, Fujitsu, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic and others. South Korean local daily JoongAng Ilbo quoted a Samsung official as saying that “Huawei was looking for an Operating System (OS) other than Google’s Android as the US firm had not been very collaborative,” adding that both companies are going to collaborate on a Tizen smartwatch.
Neither company has officially confirmed such an effort so take this with a grain of salt for now until there’s more information directly from the proverbial horse’s mouth. However, given the market performance of Samsung’s Tizen-powered smartwatches it was only a matter of time before other OEMs decided to give it a shot as well.