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The Samsung Gear Fit wearable is powered by neither Android, nor Tizen – enter the RTOS

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The Samsung Gear Fit wearable is powered by neither Android, nor Tizen – enter the RTOS
The Gear Fit, one of the several hot wearables that Samsung announced at MWC in Barcelona, won't be running the company's homebrewed platform, Tizen. It won't be running Android, either. On the contrary, the wearable is powered by RTOS (Real Time OS) – a simple platform, also developed by the South Korean company itself.

Samsung's RTOS is a simple platform, which processes data significantly faster than other, more complex operating systems. Although RTOS can run on ”limited computing hardware”, it still comes with multitasking capabilities and supports task priorities. Thanks to its simplicity, Samsung's wearable platform allows the Gear Fit to squeeze out even more battery life than its peers, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo.

"[RTOS] is a much simpler OS, and it helps us keep the battery life three to four days whereas Gear 2 is [about] two days," claimed Seshu Madhavapeddy, Samsung America's Senior VP of Product and Technology.

The simplicity of RTOS does not allow developers to create 3rd party apps for the Gear Fit. Still, this might prove to be good for users, as the health-centric Gear Fit wearable will most probably provide them with more accurate data and feedback.

Samsung is not the only manufacturer to turn its head away from Android – Sony is also developing its own mobile platform for the Sony SmartWatch 2 and the Sony SmartBand.

Be sure to check out our hands-on of the Samsung Gear Fit here.

source: Samsung, CNET via SamMobile

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posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:16 6

1. rd_nest (Posts: 684; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


RTOS is not the *name* of the software. This is a type of software used in various embedded systems. The main difference being "determinism". Time constraint to perform the functions is of critical importance in a RTOS.
Even QNX (from Blackberry) is a type of RTOS.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:15

5. rn9215 (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


You beat me to it!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:20 1

6. rd_nest (Posts: 684; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


You're welcome to add anything to this. Sharing knowledge is cool!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:48

8. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 205; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


nerd.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:17

2. pwnarena (Posts: 825; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


if they gave it full android, who knows how long the battery will last.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:18

3. grahaman27 (Posts: 345; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


modified android, Tizen, RTOS, android wear... lol samsung you try to do everything.

the only thing missing is windows 8, I would seriously bet that samsung will try it as well.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:49 5

4. pocketbook (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Samsung does sell laptops and even phones that run Windows 8.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:24 3

7. DnB925Art (Posts: 141; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Samsung is OS agnostic. They run just about everything, from Win 8 to Android. That's why I always laugh when I see people say that they will leave Android and do Tizen. Why should they when they can do them all?

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 23:14

12. grahaman27 (Posts: 345; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


But do they need to have 30 OSes for smartwatches?

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 15:06

9. H3Drvr (Posts: 15; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


"Ultra" proprietary OS? I definitely like the form factor but using non-standard/pop OS..wonder if this will be a one hit wonder since no 3rd party dev support.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 18:52

10. nlbates66 (Posts: 278; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


wonder if this is also using Nucleus RTOS kernel, like the Samsung Jet S8000 used, as well as the Samsung Wave S8500 running Bada OS...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nucleus_RTOS

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 20:10

11. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Such a "simple" article and yet it was such a pain to get all the way through.

Simply put... PhoneArena, get an editor!!!

Simple enough?

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