Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4: Samsung will reveal its 'New Watch Experience' in June
It was already clear from Google I/O that Samsung had ditched Tizen, the operating system used on its smartwatches since 2013. Samsung has released a few cameras and smartphones running Tizen, along with its Family Hub 3.0 Refrigerator, but the South Korean company will be loading Wear OS on Galaxy Watch devices going forwards. According to Google, Wear OS and Tizen will merge to form a single and unified OS called Wear.
However, it remains unclear when Samsung plans to reveal Wear OS smartwatches. So far, leaks suggest that the company will launch the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4 at some point, stylised as the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch Active4. The pair has recently turned up at the 3C in China, which you can read about here.
While we speculated that the 3C certification implies that Samsung is close to announcing the pair, we did not necessarily think that it would be this month. According to a post on MWC Barcelona, Samsung will give a presentation on June 28 that will focus on the 'GALAXY ECOSYSTEM / NEW WATCH EXPERIENCE / MOBILE SECURITY'. Undoubtedly, Samsung will reveal at least something about its Wear OS plans, if not necessarily the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4.
MWC 2021 would be an appropriate time to release new smartwatch hardware though, even if Samsung only plans to attend the event virtually. Much remains unknown about what Wear OS 3.0 holds for Google's smartwatch platform, but hopefully it is a step up from Wear OS 2.xx, which remains lacking in many areas.