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Samsung will launch an Android Wear smartwatch this year

But it's not giving up on Tizen just yet
Wed Apr 16 2014, 11:58

Android Wear is a platform designed for smartwatchesSAMSUNG HAS REVEALED that it will challenge LG and Motorola with the launch of an Android Wear smartwatch later this year.

Despite Samsung's Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wearables running its own open source Tizen operating system, the firm has announced that it will launch a smartwatch running Google's Android Wear operating system later this year.

Yoon Han-kil, SVP of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters that despite its recent Tizen push, that "Android still needs to be our main business," adding that this includes in the wearables space."

Samsung isn't giving up on Tizen, though, and Yoon told Reuters that Samsung's first Tizen device, which will be a high-end smartphone aimed at the "middle market", will launch in the second quarter.

The firm seems to hope that this will turn around its fortunes in the smartphone market, with recent research having suggested that Samsung's dominance in the smartphone market was slipping.

Yoon addressed this during his interview with Reuters. He said, "The slowing high-end market is indeed a concern for most manufacturers.

"But we're trying out a lot of new things like wearables, convergence with home devices and cars. I think there'll be synergies here some day and it'll eventually help us increase premium product sales longer term."

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S5, which we take a tour of in the video below, has helped the firm start to turn things around, as Yoon confirmed yesterday's reports that the firm's latest flagship is outselling last year's model.

"[The Galaxy S5] is selling faster than the [Galaxy] S4 so far, though it's difficult to share specific numbers as we're still at early stages," Yoon said. "[Galaxy] S5 sales should be much better than the [Galaxy] S4." µ

 

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