Rumours that Samsung will launch a smartwatch running Google’s Wear OS, rather than its own Tizen OS, have resurfaced.
Noted Samsung tipster Ice Universe says the potential Gear S4 could go by the name of Galaxy Watch and will arrive packing the Android-based wearable platform.
Ice reckons it’ll feature a blood pressure monitor, which would be a first for a device of this kind. He says there’ll be a large 470mAh battery and panel-level packaging (PLP) tech which enables the processors to be shrunk down somewhat.
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The return of Wear OS will also see Samsung debut a new user experience, the tweet (via Android Police) says. That would make sense, of course, given the change in operating system.
The name Galaxy Watch could also be a big give away. Considering Samsung markets its Android phones under that sub-brand, it could reveal the firm’s forthcoming return to Google-made software.
Today’s report comes a few weeks after initial reports suggesting Samsung engineers were seen testing a Wear OS (nee Android Wear) smartwatch were played down. Since then it has been thought Samsung’s next wearable will run the Tizen OS once again.
The company last launched an Android Wear smartwatch back in 2014, but it would undoubtedly boost the selection of apps available to owners if it were to rejoin the fold.
Should the company launch a Galaxy Watch it may arrive as soon as August 9 at an Unpacked event where the Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4 could be unveiled. Samsung could also wait until the IFA tech show at the beginning of September, where it has traditionally refreshed its wearable line-up.
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