In another sign of the growing alliance between Google and Samsung, the two companies today announced that they are mainly integrating Wear OS – Google’s operating system – and the Tizen-based software platform that has been the basis of Samsung’s wearables for many years. The resulting platform is currently referred to simply as “Wear,” although that may not be the final name.
Common voltage benefits include major battery life improvements, 30% faster app load times, and smoother animations. It also simplifies the life for the developers and will centrally create a smartwatch operating system for the Android platform. Google also promises a wider selection of face watch apps than ever before.
We’re combining the best of @wearosbygoogle and @SamsungMobile Tizen into a unified wearable platform. ⌚ Apps will start faster, battery life will be longer and you’ll have more choice than ever before, from devices to apps and watch faces. GoogleIO pic.twitter.com/vj2aYZD81x
— Google (@Google) May 18, 2021
Bjorn Kilburn wrote from Google at Blog: “All device makers will be able to add a custom user experience on top of the platform, and developers will be able to use the Android tools they already know and love to create for a single platform and ecosystem.”
I have Wired more details About what’s going to happen, including news that Samsung will stick to its popular rotating bezel on future devices – but it has finished making only Tizen smartwatches. There will also be a standalone version of Google Maps (meaning without your phone nearby) and a YouTube Music app that supports offline downloads. Spotify will support offline downloads on Wear smartwatches as well.
Wear feature will make it easy to multitask across smartwatch apps and tools. Image: Google
Samsung has confirmed that its upcoming Galaxy Watch will work on this unified platform. Future “premium” Fitbit devices will also run the software. Aside from integrating the technologies of both platforms, the new Wear OS will include improvements that make it easy to multitask between wrist applications. Some of the “most popular” fitness tracking features will also be included in Fitbit to help the platform evolve as a health tool.
What about my current Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch?
According to Wired, Samsung will fulfill its promise of three years of software updates for existing products, and will also allow customers to export their health data so it can be used on future devices. More details will be shared in the coming months.