Samsung doesn't plan to release any future Android Wear smartwatches

Samsung doesn't plan to release any future Android Wear smartwatches

A Samsung representative has recently confirmed that the company will not release any more smartwatches based on the Android Wear platform.

It was two years ago at Google's I/O 2014 conference that Samsung unveiled the Gear Live, its first Android Wear smartwatch. Since then, however, Samsung has turned to its own Tizen platform for all of its following smartwatches. About a year ago, Samsung even discontinued the Samsung Gear Live.

Recently speaking with Fast Company about the decision to halt all Android Wear efforts, a Samsung executive claimed that one of the reasons is the fact that Tizen OS is much more battery-efficient than Android Wear.

Samsung is hoping that its Tizen platform will allow it to differentiate its smartwatches in a sea of similarly equipped competitors. Google has imposed major restrictions for smartwatch manufacturers when it comes to customizing the Android Wear platform for individual devices. By going with Tizen for its wearable devices, Samsung has the ability to create unique wearables that no other company can fully replicate. 

On the downside, the company also needs to spend a lot of resources into developing the underlying software, instead of picking up the wearable platform that Google develops and maintains. Furthermore, Samsung will probably have to face an uphill battle when it comes to app diversity, seeing as most developers will probably focus their efforts on Google's Android Wear and Apple's Watch OS.

Samsung's current-generation smartwatches are the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic, two Tizen-based devices that offer crisp SAMOLED panels, speedy internal hardware, a premium design inspired by classic timepieces, as well as the unique feature of a rotary circular bezel around the display that can be used to navigate the user interface.

Looking forward, Samsung is expected to launch the Samsung Gear Fit 2, a device that we've recently seen courtesy of alleged leaked pictures, at some point the next month.

What do you guys think of this news? Is anyone surprised to learn that Samsung has abandoned the Android Wear platform?

source: Fast Company

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42 Comments

1. talon95

Posts: 976; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

That's too bad. I tried the Gear S2 Classic but returned it because without Android Wear support it wasn't going to work for me. Nice otherwise, but we need a battery revolution for all of these wearables.

8. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Having both the Gear S2 and the Huawei Watch, I find myself loving tizen more than android wear. Much faster and smoother, better battery life, and it looks much much simpler and better. I am still waiting for watchmaker like app for tizen, I don't like Mr. Time Maker, too complicated and doesn't save watchfaces on the watch itself.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=66970109 The only thing about the Gear S2 that isn't up to par is S-Voice. It's horrible. Google Now is so much better. I hope Google releases a Tizen app. I know it'll never happen, but I can dream.

15. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Is it like an app I can download? Because I couldn't find it neither on play store nor on galaxy apps. And I agree, Samsung should find a way to make Google now available on tizen.

39. sgodsell

Posts: 6649; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You have to be kidding. Android Wear has way more apps, better voice integration. Developers can even use existing Android code as is with little to no changes. You can even add Android Wear functionality to existing Android phone/tablet apps without actually creating an Android Wear app. This is not possible with Tizen. I love Google maps on Android Wear. Samsungs Tizen is missing Google's core apps and services. So you can like Tizen all you like, but it doesn't hold a candle to Android Wear. BTW I have 3 Gear watches from Samsung.

41. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Where did I say that Tizen has more apps than android wear? Please show me where. I even posted in another comment down here how much I dislike the quality of apps and watchfaces found on the Galaxy Apps store.

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have the original gear which was Android wear at first but later get downgraded to Tizen via firmware upgrade. The watch is not build to last. Only 13 months and my gear can't ever be charged. To me, Tizen is just not compelling enough for me to buy another gear ever.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's a Windows PC app. You can create watch faces, and put them on your S2.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The one good thing about S-Voice is, the database for one most common asked for searches is built-into Tizen. This was one of the best pluses when Samsung moved the original Gear S from Android to Tizen. So because of that move, S-Voice can do many searches right away with little to know server-side support. But with Google Now, I stopped using S-Voice. But before Google Now I always kept it running.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

First thing I disable on any new Samsung android device is S-Voice. It's awful regardless of platform.

40. WPX00

Posts: 509; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Yep. Its the ONE app i disable. Everything else i leave alone.

46. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

S-Voice pale in comparison to its competitors. But if you own a gear watch that all you got.

35. cheetah2k

Posts: 2144; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I really hope Samsung stick to Tizen. Android Wear sucks bad, and its power hungry, and Tizen is something different. After trying to like several high end Android Wear devices, I switched to the Gear S2 (sport). I love it, and I'll definitely be buying the Gear S3 when it comes. Keep up the good work Samsung!

9. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

It'd be nice if they would incorporate google now though with a text to speech response just for the random quick fact when needed and you don't have your phone...

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

speedy internal hardware, same as every other watch. Samsung could have made their own SOC on 14nm and could have almost doubled the performance or battery life on that watch.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I have no complaints about battery life with the S2. Had it on 16 hours yesterday, and finished the day with 59% battery life. Of course, I don't have 3G turned on, which I'm sure would diminish those results.

16. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here. While the Huawei watch last me easily for 3 days (I use them for atleast 12 hours a day), the Gear S2 gets me 5 days, all while keeping the heart rate monitor and step counter switched on.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Five days? Wow, I think I'd get two solid days, but nowhere near five.

38. maherk

Posts: 6633; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Do you get lots of notifications? And at what level do you set your brightness as well as the vibration level?

37. cheetah2k

Posts: 2144; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

End of a day mine is on 89%. I've had a good 4 days use out of mine on a stretch - I have the Gear S2 (sport std). Definitely no complaints here. The Moto Watch I had before it was 30% at the end of each day, and slow.. really night and day tbh.

3. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Samsung also said that they would release "fewer" models of phones in the past, but, they have not done that yet. They seem to release phones with every single letter of the alphabet as model names. We will have to wait and see what they do with Android Wear.

4. Clars123

Posts: 1072; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

shows how much you know..they've simplified and reduced their models significantly and why do you care how many models they have? its not like someone puts a gun to your head and forces you to buy all of them. SOme models are exclusive to certain regions there is no region that has all of samsungs phones at the same time

25. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Look at Nexus models or iPhone models. You can have 2-3 models for all regions. I don't care how many phones Samsung releases. It was just a reply to this article.

44. Clars123

Posts: 1072; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

so it was just an irrelevant reply for commenting's sake?..okay then

14. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They said it, and they did it.

26. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Still a lot!

32. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But fewer, which is what they said. They said they were going to trim by about 30%, and they did. Which makes your entire original point moot.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's a lie. They have. At last count they went from 60 to 45. so you dont even know what you're talking about.

27. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Still a lot!

33. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Still what they claimed they would do.

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