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Samsung to stop making Android Wear devices

Samsung to drop Android Wear
Android Wear devices
With Tizen becoming Samsung's mobile operating system of choice for a wide range of devices, the company should drop Android Wear soon, but they deny the rumor for now.

Gear Live is the first and only smartwatch by Samsung to be powered by Android Wear so far, and it looks like it might not get a successor. However, Samsung is not going to drop the smartwatch business. Although this has not been confirmed yet, insiders claim that the company will focus on smart wearables powered by its Tizen OS in the future.

Last week, Fast Company revealed that Samsung executives told them "that no more Samsung Android Wear devices are in development or being planned." According to the same insiders, Tizen OS is "far more battery-efficient than Android Wear" and, as Samsung's recent product launches show, Tizen is now the standard OS for products like smart TV sets or refrigerators.

Strange enough, Samsung has recently replied to the article with a statement that denies the drop of Android Wear. This is their response: "Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms." Obviously, this does not mean the company still has plans for new Android Wear devices, but that remains to be seen.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-05-25 (Update: 2016-05-25)