Given that Samsung's recent track record on wearables may suggest that the company is slowly but surely moving away from Android Wear, a few company executives told Fast Company recently that no Android Wear devices are currently in development or being planned by Samsung. They said that this is because TizenOS offers far better battery efficiency than Android Wear, making Samsung's wearables last longer.
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Samsung's denial of their comments means that the company may still keep a window open for Android Wear to jump in if TizenOS doesn't really impress wearable users in the long run. As of now, TizenOS is slowly spreading among Samsung wearables, smart TVs, refrigerators and smartphones and Samsung is willing to invest on it. Almost all Samsung wearables run TizenOS, including the flagship Gear S2 smartwatch, so we can assume that what the executives told Fast Company was pretty accurate.
However, TizenOS hasn't worked with smartphones as well as it does with wearables. Samsung has so far projected TizenOS as a versatile OS which boasts shorter boot time, faster web browsing and seamless multitasking while ensuring longer battery life. However, user experiences of the TouchWiz UI have so far been dampened over extreme lag times, periodic stutters and infuriating hangs.
Samsung bets big on Tizen as it leads global Android sales
Having launches TizenOS-based phones in countries like India and Russia, Samsung is in the process of launching new Tizen-based phones in the US, Europe, China, Malaysia and Korea. With these markets bringing in a majority of sales for Samsung, it seems Samsung may be planning to rid its phones of Android OS a few years down the line.
9to5Google believes that the fact that Samsung has given up on Android Wear is rather unsurprising. The company has missed several waves of Android Wear devices and hasn't really done anything new with Android Wear after launching the original Galaxy Gear back in 2013. Last year, Samsung gave TizenOS its biggest marketing push by launching the Gear S2 smartwatch. The flagship wearable came with a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display, a 512MB RAM, an internal storage of 4GB, a Dual core 1.0 GHz CPU and a 250mAh Li-ion battery.