Report: Samsung to ditch Android in Galaxy Gear 2
It has been reported that the next Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will no longer run on the Android operation system. The original Galaxy Gear smartwatch shipped in September 2013, and comes with various high-end specifications such as a 1.63-inch OLED display, an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It also sports Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer, a gyroscope as well as a 1.9-megapixel camera.
Samsung will be unveiling new Samsung Gear at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, according to people familiar with the matter. Instead of running on Android however, Samsung appears to have taken an abrupt U-turn and incorporated the company's own Tizen operating system.
While a rumor at this point, the move to its own platform has been hailed as a smart move in general. Samsung would essentially have greater control over the software, which is an important factor given the tighter controls that Google is gradually enforcing on the Android platform. Ultimately, the loss of Android apps is not a significant factor given Samsung's vetting of what was allowed on the first Galaxy Gear smartwatch.