One year after its first Android Wear device was pulled from the Google Store, Samsung announced that the Gear Live will not get a successor. The company is finished with Google’s platform for wearables.
Samsung executives told Fast Company that there are no devices in development that run Android Wear nor are there any planned in the pipeline. Since Android Wear’s launch in 2014, Samsung released just one smartwatch belonging to the platform. That was the Gear Live, which joined the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 as Android Wear’s initial devices.
In June 2014, Samsung released the Gear Live around the world with a questionable design that appeared to have been copied from previous Gear smartwatches.
Google and Samsung finally pulled the plug on the Gear Live in May 2015.
The executives revealed Samsung is going to move forward with its Tizen operating system for wearables and other devices. Samsung’s Gear S2, which was revealed at IFA 2015, is one of select Samsung products that feature Tizen. And we’ll likely get a successor to that smartwatch this summer. The move from external to internal platforms is a strategy being used by Samsung to control devices and improve profit margins.
Source: Fast Company