Samsung to Launch its First Android Wear Smarwatch, Gear’s Evolved Version?
Samsung is one of the companies that believes wearable devices have a future and that’s why it has put on the market four smartwatches so far – the Galaxy Gear, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit.
Now, according to a new report from Cnet, the South Korean company is looking to release its first smartwatch based on Google’s own software for wearable gadgetry – Android Wear. Sources close to the publication said that Samsung will launch its first Android Wear-based smartwatch at the upcoming Google I/O conference which takes place next week.
People familiar with the matter said there is going to be a version of Samsung’s Android Wear smartwatch that uses the company’s own chips and another one with processors from Qualcomm. There is a growing market for wearable devices, and according to data from market researcher IDC, by the end of 2014, over 19 million wearable devices will find an owner.
This is impressive, when we consider that there were less than 6 million such devices shipped last year. The same company says that by 2018, there will be around 120 million devices shipped worldwide.
This isn’t Samsung’s first Android smartwatch, as the original Galaxy Gear carried Google’s Android mobile OS. However, Samsung used its own Tizen software for the second generation of Gear and the Gear 2 Neo. But now it seems that Samsung is interested in focusing more on the hardware and letting Google do the software part.
One of the reasons why Samsung ditched Android for its smartwatches was the poor battery life, but it looks like this has been solved with the specialized Android software for wearable devices.
Besides Samsung, LG and Google’s own Motorola are said to make important announcements in the wearables market, and we’ll be here to report when that happens. Make sure that you subscribe by leaving your email to get only the most important tech news that matter.