According to sources of USA Today, Samsung will look to “shun Android,” while integrating its own Tizen operating system instead of Google’s mobile OS into the next rendition of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Over the past couple of weeks, rumors and reports have ran wild with speculation as to what the next Galaxy Gear will feature, but this is the first time we are hearing that it could possibly run Tizen instead of Android.
With just a week left until a reported unveiling at MWC in Barcelona, we don’t have long to wait until we see just what Samsung has planned.
Tizen, much like Android, is a flexible, open source operating system that is designed to run on mobile devices (phones, tablets, netbooks) and other hardware. Samsung has long been reported to be a heavy contributor to the Tizen movement, with reports going as far as to claim that the OEM would drop Android altogether in favor of Tizen.
It has been reported that Samsung will introduce a flexible OLED display for the device, but as far as specs are concerned, that’s all we have rounded up from credible sources.
The original Galaxy Gear was announced last year in early September, being met with negative and poor reviews from tech sites all over the world. While the watch was “cool,” it just couldn’t live up to the hype or expected usefulness that Samsung had intended.
With the launch of the second rendition already coming just five and a half months later, we will see if Samsung was able to learn any lessons from its first launch into the wearables market.