Samsung Gear S4 Latest Leaks and Release Date Detailed: Latest Galaxy Watch Running Will Run Tizen, Not Wear OS
The South Korean tech company Samsung might not move the Gear S4 to Google’s Wear OS platform after all. Perhaps, abandoning its Tizen-powered smartwatch platform will not be possible. It also seems to be that the company is slowly moving its Android-powered devices away from the Gear branding.
According to Slash Gear, famous, prolific leakster Evan Blass of @evleaks recently gave a tip that he just saw last month another tech company Google made one-off prototypes and shipped those to Samsung employees. These may likely convince Samsung in some way and to see how the platform would work on the forthcoming Gear S4.
Update: turns out these were actually just one-offs made by Google and seeded to some Samsung workers (i.e. keep moving, nothing to see here).
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 7, 2018
Samsung employees had been spotted wearing those watches running Wear OS. The company has been using its own Tizen OS for those wearables. It would be awkward though but have many benefits if the wearable switches from a more popular and more supported platform.
It has been a long time since 2014 when the company has not launched a Wear OS watch. As a rival to the Apple Watch, the Gear smartwatch lineup is improving. If it reverts to the Google Play Store within Wear OS, the problem of limited app selection on the Tizen store would be solved.
However, the upcoming wearable still might be renamed as the Galaxy Watch. This might be correlated because of the recent leak about the next Gear VR headset to be called Galaxy VR. If this happens, the company gives an impression that they are putting all their devices under one identifiable brand without many changes.
In terms of the release date, if ever the next Samsung smartwatch will arrive, it will be unveiled together with the long-rumored Galaxy Note 9, which is expected to launch at an event on August 9 or likely at the IFA 2019 (International Franchise Association) at the end of August.
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