It is being widely reported that, in addition to announcing a new flagship smartphone, Samsung will also be taking the wraps off of a second-generation smartwatch based around the original Galaxy Gear.
By themselves the reports are not unusual. Samsung has promised to do better with regards to their smartwatch product, saying that they will be working to correct the problems that plagued the original device. What is strange is that the report that started all of this speculation has said that Samsung will be avoiding Android is favour of something a bit more in-house – the company’s Tizen operating system.
Samsung is reportedly concerned that the Android OS isn’t quite as flexible as it needs to be in order to make the smartwatch work as intended and they are also looking to have more control over what the second Galaxy Gear is capable of doing. We’d assume this means that they want to make updating the device a simpler affair, in addition to other reasons.
The Galaxy Gear announcement is expected to take place at MWC next week, we’ll probably be able to put these rumours to rest then.