Samsung Galaxy Watch to run Tizen 4.0

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.

source: SamMobile

About the Author: Jeff Causey

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.

  • Tardis13

    Damn, and I was ready! Wear OS yup. Tizen nope.

  • Brian Thorn

    My S3 Frontier shuts itself down randomly two or three times a day. Sometimes won’t turn back on until I put it in the charger, even thought it still has 50% or more battery life remaining. No longer dependable as an alarm, because the watch my go bye-bye. I liked the watch the first year I had it, but as soon as the warranty expired, so did the watch.

  • techymoon

    I thought it’d been rumoured that it would be out with the Note 9, but it dousn’t matter as im heading for the Tickwatch pro

  • Richard Dennis

    Tizen is the deal breaker for me..