Samsung Galaxy Watch to be next version of company’s smartwatch

Samsung has never been shy about flooding the market with a variety of products. This becomes especially noticeable in areas where there is not much competition. We recently saw more news about the next high end tablet device from Samsung despite the tablet market waning in recent years. Another market that has not lived up to some early projections is the smartwatch market. Nevertheless, Samsung appears to be working on a new successor to the Gear S3 and will be rebranding the product.

According to a Twitter post by user @UniverseIce (Ice universe), the Samsung Gear S4 will “probably” be renamed as the Galaxy Watch. Maybe Samsung figured out all the different types of Gear emblazoned products were confusing or they may just want to capitalize on the Galaxy name.

Perhaps more interesting than the name change is the suggestion that Samsung may use Wear OS, the Android based smartwatch operating system, to power the device instead of their own Tizen operating system. Along with a potential change to the operating system, Ice universe indicates the smartwatch will get a “new UX interaction” method. Samsung has been a bit unique in using a rotating bezel for user input, but it is not clear whether the new method referenced would replace that feature on a new device or be in addition to the bezel.

Some of the other items potential buyers may have to look forward to include a new PLP package which should help keep the thickness of the smartwatch in check, a 470mAh battery to keep it running, and the ability to measure blood pressure.

No word on when the new smartwatch may be launched by Samsung, although Samsung does have some events coming up including their Galaxy Note 9 launch event in early August, IFA 2018, and potentially an event for the Galaxy Tab S4 sandwiched in between.

source: Ice universe (Twitter)


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.