Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch details emerge – Google snub to continue?

Samsung’s next smartwatch following the surprisingly accomplished Gear S2 is reportedly in the works – and it won’t feature Android Wear.

No one was as surprised as us when the Samsung Gear S2 proved to be a delight to use. Its predecessor had been ugly and laggy, but here was an attractive and intuitive smartwatch.

That’s why we’re very interested to learn some details concerning a Samsung Gear S2 follow-up. According to SamMobile, it’s being developed under the codename ‘Solis’ – which means ‘Sun’ in Spanish.

This would seem to suggest that the new smartwatch will retain the Gear S2’s circular shape and (hopefully) its slick rotating bezel. Samsung’s last smartwatch was codenamed Orbis, so it’s clearly sticking to a theme here.

The report claims that Samsung is sticking with its own Tizen OS for the Solis, continuing the snub of Android Wear. This would appear to back up reports from the end of May claiming that Samsung was done with Google’s smartwatch OS.

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That’s it for specific details, beyond a list of model numbers that we won’t bore you with here.

It’s enough to know that the Samsung Gear S2’s successor is inbound, and that it will continue to offer a credible alternative to the – let’s face it – rather underwhelming Android Wear and Apple Watch crowd.