One of the main announcements we received at the Google I / O conference was that Google and Samsung would collaborate on smartwatches. This means that the next batch of wearable devices from the Korean OEM will not run on its own Tizen software, but will instead carry Google’s revamped Wear operating system. We don’t know what that will look like yet, but it looks like we’ll have a demo or at least a preview of the Samsung Galaxy Watch experience at Mobile World Congress in June 2021.
The MWC will still be virtual at least for this month and Samsung will be hosting a session on its “New Watch Experience”. Of course, there’s no mention of Wear OS in the event description, but given the recent announcement from Google and Samsung, we can assume that’s what they’ll be talking about. The only paragraph on the MWC website about this event says they will “reinvent smartwatches” and create new things for developers and consumers.
9 to 5 Google says we can expect the session to talk about Tizen’s transition to the entire Google ecosystem, at least when it comes to smartwatches. For now, we have no idea what this will look like for Samsung devices, so we might get a glimpse of what improvements Wear OS will bring to smartwatches as well as how Samsung will modify them to suit its own ecosystem, such as having a One UI skin on the platform.
Samsung’s Tizen devices have performed well in recent years, while Wear OS suffered noticeably from a lack of innovation and major updates. It would be interesting to see what the revamped Wear OS will look like and the changes it will make, and then see how Samsung can adapt it to its smartwatches and if it will be better. Things are still in the air right now, but it’s something to look forward to.
The MWC Samsung session will take place on Monday June 28. Later this year, however, there will be an in-person MWC conference in Los Angeles, October 26-28.