Samsung denies giving up on Android Put on for smartwatches

Maintain your horses, people: Samsung hasn’t formally damaged with up Android Put on simply but. A current report from Quick Firm cited unnamed Samsung executives who stated the hardware big wasn’t engaged on any Android Put on smartwatches, and did not plan to develop any new ones both. Feels like a reasonably emphatic reply, however Samsung disagreed when requested for remark:

“We disagree with Quick Firm’s interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement regarding Android Put on and we’ve not modified our dedication to any of our platforms.”

Yeah, not precisely probably the most compelling response, is it? Nonetheless, it provides a bit colour to what appeared like a black-and-white state of affairs — Samsung hasn’t formally given up on Android Put on but, nevertheless it won’t make one other Put on watch, both. The longer term, as they are saying, continues to be unwritten.

In fact, what made Quick Firm’s report so compelling is simply how believable it was. In any case, in case you’ve been holding tabs on the rise of Android Put on, Samsung bailing on the platform would not be a stretch. The corporate launched its first (and solely) Put on watch at Google I/O two years in the past, and it instantly did not seize individuals’s imaginations the best way wearables like the Moto 360 did. Even when it was model new, the Gear Reside felt extra like an experiment than anything — Samsung launched three Tizen-powered watches earlier than it, and went full velocity with Tizen after. Hell, the comparatively current Gear S2 truly wound up being fairly spectacular. Did not see that one coming.

Tizen gives its share of benefits — these unnamed Samsung execs stated it was extra energy-environment friendly, and would convey some cohesiveness to the corporate’s wearables lineup. Extra importantly, although, Tizen provides Samsung one thing it lacks with Android Put on: management. Whereas the Android Put on replace packs some lengthy-awaited enhancements, system makers nonetheless cannot customise a Put on watch’s software program as extensively as they will Android on a smartphone. Meaning Android Put on’s core aesthetic stays out of their attain, making hardware design and element selection the primary differentiators between fashions. With Tizen, Samsung has fuller management over hardware and software program, and it is that unity which may — may — give Samsung one thing of an edge because the wearable conflict rages on. Then once more, Android Put on enjoys rather more reputation as a platform, and Samsung won’t be carried out making an attempt to capitalize on that but. We’ll simply have to attend and see.

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