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Samsung to ditch Android in favour of Tizen for Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch

Firm looks to diminish its reliance on Google
Wed Feb 19 2014, 11:24

KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung's second generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch reportedly will drop Android in favour of Tizen, as the firm looks diminish its reliance on Google.

That's according to USA Today, which reported that the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will debut at next week's Mobile World Congress (MWC) running Samsung's own HTML-5 based Tizen operating system. 

If true this shift sees Samsung further lessening its reliance on Google, and it will give the firm more control over the software on the smartwatch. Apps will unlikely be an issue either, as the original Samsung Galaxy Gear had just a handful of apps and widgets, with Samsung already closely controlling which apps appear on the smartwatch.

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

What's more, this move to Tizen will mean that the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, like the Pebble smartwatch, will be able to operate as a standalone device, without having to be hooked up to a smartphone, and will allow Samsung to cash in on its own apps and services, rather than relying on Google's pre-loaded alternatives.

The report added that Samsung will also use the Barcelona mobile technology show to take the wraps off its debut Tizen smartphone devices, despite previous speculation that the software had faced unforseen delays. Of course, the firm is also widely expected to announce its long-rumoured Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone too, which is expected to run Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system.

Samsung declined to comment on the speculation.

We'll be at Samsung's MWC press conference, which will kick off at 7pm GMT on Monday. Check back then for all the latest. µ

 

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