Over the course of the past month, word started to leak out that Samsung was working on a new version of their smartwatch product. As a successor to the Gear S3, most of the focus was on Samsung’s apparent decision to change the branding to the Galaxy Watch. There were hints that Samsung was also planning to switch to using Google’s Wear OS on the device. That appears to have been wrong though as word is now out that Samsung is actually going to deliver the Galaxy Watch with the latest version of their Tizen OS.
Samsung is currently on Tizen 4.0, which is what will be delivered on the new Galaxy Watch out of the box. Sources indicate that even though an existing version of Tizen OS will be used, Samsung is preparing some new features and functions that will be part of the platform. At least one of those appears to be support for Bixby. Tizen 4.0 also has a heavy focus on being able to work with IoT devices and supports a variety of voice control APIs. In the past Samsung’s smartwatches have used a rotating bezel for input. There have been hints that Samsung is planning some new user interface enhancements and voice control would certainly fall in that category.
No timelines for a launch of the new Galaxy Watch have surfaced, but sometime this fall seems likely.