To be honest, Samsung planning anything at this stage in the game comes as little surprise, as the South Koreans generally like to keep a finger in each and every pie on offer (much like me when I was a bachelor, badum tsh!).
I’ll forgive the lack of dropped jaws, then, when I say that Samsung is planning – shock horror – wearable tech with Android Wear on board, that’s in addition to its Tizen stuff.
Samsung’s first foray into wearable tech with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was met with a resounding “meh”, with the general consensus being that they’d merely rushed something out in anticipation of the Apple iWatch, which, incidentally, still hasn’t arrived.
One of the problems with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, in addition to general pointlessness (why on earth would I want – or need – one?), was battery life. Powered by Android, the Galaxy Gear demanded a daily charge.
In an interesting move, the successors, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo touched down not with Android (bye-bye, Galaxy) but with Tizen, and consequently significantly increased battery life.
But while Samsung is soldiering ahead (or maybe that should be “crawling along”) with its first Tizen smartphone, the South Koreans and Google/Android are still best of chums. Let’s not forget that 10-year “global patent cross-license agreement” signed back in January.
Further destroying the notion of a Samsung/Android split, Yoon Han-kil, SVP of Samsung's product strategy team, tells Reuters that the South Koreans will release an Android smartwatch later this year, presumably adopting the Android Wear framework.
I can't be the only one who hoped Samsung and Google would come to blows, surely? This duopoly is hella dull.