Samsung Gear S4 with Wear OS? Nah, just a Galaxy Watch with Tizen...

Samsung Gear S4 with Wear OS? Nah, just a Galaxy Watch with Tizen...
With all the rumors and actual actions by Samsung to move its accessories away from the Gear branding, one would be forgiven to think that an eventual Gear S4 transformation into a Galaxy Watch could bring more than a line name change. 

A recent tip from one of the world's most prolific leaksters, Even Blass of @evleaks fame, came as if to reinforce such a conclusion, saying that Gear watches with Android's Wear OS edition have been spotted on Samsung folks, and we all know that Samsung uses its own Tizen OS for those wearables, so, for a brief amount of time, we thought that a grand change could be brewing when it comes to the Gear S4, and Samsung's smartwatch line in general. 

Well, not so fast, as it turns out, as these units might have been just a proof-of-concept, concocted by Google to see how Wear OS would work on Samsung's hardware developed with Tizen in mind. Engineers will be engineers, you know, and they like to play, be they hardware or software ones. In any case, we are still waiting on the Gear S4, and it still might be called the Galaxy Watch, just don't keep your hopes high that it will swing Samsung in a new direction OS-wise.

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9 Comments

1. gigicoaste

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Tizen has a better power management than Wear OS, as for now. I have everything I need on Tizen, I don't see a reason to be changed.

2. samgsam

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I feel the same. Tizen is beautifully designed and works well on smartwatches. It has sufficient number of useful apps and great battery life.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

But is it improved as a code? Last year there was this rumour that Tizen is a developer's nightmare, full of childish security flaws.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Rumors are just rumors.

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So if you want Google Music or Google Maps on your Gear S3, Tizen offers those apps? The real apps BTW, not some third party bootleg copies.

5. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Why would they switch from Tizen? The software is pretty great, which people who has used the watches know.

6. dennisfurlan

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Why is it a disappointment that Samsung will stick with Tizen? The OS been a big success on the company's smartwatches, which aren't nearly as dependent on apps as smartphones are.

7. Ublome2

Posts: 2; Member since: May 01, 2018

I was waiting for the S4 because of wearOS, guess Ill just get the cheaper s3

9. GlenBarrington

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 04, 2016

I love my Frontier S3, but I would love it more if I could have Google Assistant and Google Music on it! I don't care about Tizen OR WearOS, I just want Google assistant and Google Music without giving up SHealth. SVoice really REALLY sucks.

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