Samsung is turning out to be the jack of all trades, master of none. Information leaked onto the internet that the Korean phone manufacturer is leaving the android wear in the dust in favour of its home-grown Tizen operating system for the wearable devices.
A company named as “Fast Company” has reported that Samsung has sent out a statement claiming that it is ceasing all the development in the android wear department and will focus only on fitness wearable and tizen powered smartwatches. When contacted, Samsung has informed us that this bit of information is untrue and it hasn’t declared any platform dead from its perspective.
“We disagree with Fast Company’s interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms.”
This news also coincides with google unveiling of the Android Wear 2.0 that brings in much-needed improvements and added features for the smartwatches.
Samsung, in the past, partially abandoned the android wear software for its ineffectiveness and complex interface. It also has battery life-related issues. It has instead used its own failed TIZEN OS for powering the smartwatch and that seemed to have clicked. As a result of this, we have some of the excellent smartwatches such as Gear S2 as well as Gear Fit in the wearable segment.
Yet it hasn’t entirely abandoned the platform. According to me, Samsung seems to be testing the waters as the wearable technology is still in an infant stage and android wear may still make it big in the coming months. If and when that happens, Samsung wants to stay ready and cash in on the craze by producing some quality hardware like the S2 that will be powered by the latest android wear software.