In one more signal of the rising alliance between Google and Samsung, at this time each corporations introduced that they’re basically combining Put on OS — Google’s working system — and the Tizen-based software program platform that has been foundational to Samsung’s wearables for a few years. The ensuing platform is at the moment being referred to easily as “Put on,” although which may not be the ultimate identify.
Advantages of the joint effort embody vital enhancements to battery life, 30 % quicker loading instances for apps, and smoother animations. It additionally simplifies life for builders and can create one central smartwatch OS for the Android platform. Google can also be promising a larger number of apps and watch faces than ever earlier than.
“All gadget makers will have the ability to add a custom-made person expertise on prime of the platform, and builders will have the ability to use the Android instruments they already know and like to construct for one platform and ecosystem,” Google’s Bjorn Kilburn wrote in a weblog put up.
Wired has extra particulars on what’s to return, together with the tidbit that Samsung will keep on with its fashionable rotating bezel on future units — nevertheless it’s completed making Tizen-only smartwatches. There may even be a model of Google Maps that works standalone (that means with out your telephone close by) and a YouTube Music app that helps offline downloads. Oh, and Spotify will assist offline downloads on Put on smartwatches, as nicely.
Samsung confirmed that its subsequent Galaxy Watch will run on this unified platform. And future “premium” Fitbit units may even run the software program. Other than merging the applied sciences of each platforms, the brand new Put on OS will embody enhancements that make it simpler to multitask between wrist apps. And a few of Fitbit’s “hottest” health monitoring options may even be included to assist the platform evolve as a well being instrument.
What about my present Samsung Galaxy smartwatch?
Samsung will make good on its promise of three years of software program updates for present merchandise, in keeping with Wired, and it’ll additionally enable clients to export their well being knowledge so it may be used on future units. Extra particulars will probably be shared within the months to return.