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Samsung employees spotted wearing Gear smartwatches with Wear OS

If a recent trademark application is anything to go by then Samsung might be thinking about replacing the Gear branding for its smartwatches in favor of Galaxy. Some reports have suggested that the company’s next smartwatch may be called the Galaxy Watch. The possible switch to the Galaxy brand, which has largely been associated with Samsung’s Android products, has led to speculation that the company might shift from Tizen to Wear OS (Android Wear) for its next wearable device.

We do know that Samsung is working on a new smartwatch that it’s going to launch in the coming months. Now, a trusted source says that some Samsung employees have been spotted wearing Gear smartwatches running not Tizen but Wear OS.

Samsung possibly testing Wear OS for smartwatches

Evan Blass a.k.a @evleaks is a trusted source with a very solid track record. He tweeted today that Gear watches running Wear OS and not Tizen have been “seen on the wrists of Samsung employees.” Blass offered no additional details so it’s not known whether these are new wearable devices or existing smartwatches that have been modified to run the Android-based operating system. It’s also unknown who spotted them, where and when.

However, given his solid track record of accurate leaks, this isn’t something that can be discarded as a mere rumor. As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It appears that something is definitely up at Samsung with regards to Wear OS but it’s still too soon to be sure what the company has got going on.

There have also been whispers that Samsung may have two new smartwatches up its sleeve, one powered by its Tizen OS and the other by Wear OS. This is certainly not the first and last time we’re hearing about this possibility so we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out. The possibility that Samsung might shake up its wearable lineup this year seems a bit more plausible now.

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C F
C F

I kinda found his material near the end of the windows phone/mobile days to be sketchy at best

parshakov
parshakov

They make huge and heavy smartwatches (Gear S3 and Gear Sport) that are not to everyone’s liking and cripple their cheaper offerings (Gear Fit2) by now allowing third-party developers sell their apps, so I’m not surprised their share in the wearable market is dropping and they are losing interest in developing their own platform.

Moniquedou
Moniquedou

Gear sport is heavy? Do you even own one? It’s not heavy at all. Gear 3 is tho

parshakov
parshakov

I own a Gear S2 and Gear Fit2. I used my Gear S2 only as a bike computer because it was too heavy to wear all day. Gear S2 weights 47g and Gear Sport weights 67g. The Gear Fit2 (28g) is much more comfortable to wear, I almost don’t feel it.

krym73
krym73

The Samsung Gear Live is a Samsung smartwatch that comes with Android Wear.

Ogishi
Ogishi

If they adopt Android Wear, then bye-bye Samsung

rchapman80
rchapman80

I really like Tizen on watches but would love it if Samsung would give me a choice. Say it comes with Tizen pre-installed but I can install Watch OS and try that on the same watch. If I don’t like it I can flash it back. That would be the best of both worlds.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I like my Gear S3 – but do hate that I can’t have my online music library away from my phone, being a Play Music user, Spotify is pointless for me.