Samsung Gear Fit forsakes Android and Tizen in favour of RTOS, boosts battery life

Samsung Gear Fit forsakes Android and Tizen in favour of RTOS, boosts battery lifeYou’d be forgiven for struggling to keep up with Samsung’s growing army of wearables, with three new beauties announced last month at Mobile World Congress (MWC).

The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo opted for Tizen instead of Android, and the Gear Fit – it turns out – goes one step further by adopting a no-frills real-time operating system (RTOS).

Oddly, no one seemed to give the Samsung Gear Fit’s operating system much thought one month ago. Only now is this RTOS news appearing. Oops.

Seshu Madhavapeddy, SVP of product and technology at Samsung Telecommunications America, tells CNET: "It's a much simpler OS, and it helps us keep the battery life three to four days whereas Gear 2 is [about] two days.”

Well, Samsung said 2-3 days with “typical usage”, but up to 6 days with “low usage”. In any case, it sounds like the Samsung Gear Fit will last longer on a single charge.

Unsurprisingly, this RTOS thingy means you won’t see third-party apps on the Samsung Gear Fit, but it kinda makes sense since it serves a very specific purpose.

Interestingly, the Samsung Gear Fit is compatible with 20 Samsung devices, while the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have to settle for 17. RTOS FTW LMAO.

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