At this year’s I/O Developers Conference, Google announced that it would cooperate with Samsung to jointly promote Wear OS. And Samsung also stated that the next-generation Galaxy Watch will be the first smartwatch to run the new Wear OS.
But the bad news is that although Samsung has promised not to give up existing watch users based on the Tizen system, Samsung has actually given up on them. After the I/O conference, there is an important question that has not been answered, that is, can existing Wear OS devices be upgraded? There are still some uncertainties in this issue.
For Samsung, can the existing Tizen-based watches be upgraded to the new Wear OS? At its MWC 2021 conference, Samsung promised to owners of its old Galaxy Watch that they will receive software updates for up to three years from the time the product goes on the market.
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Although it is intended to reassure Galaxy Watch owners that they will not be abandoned immediately, this indirectly confirms what they fear. The latest Galaxy Watch 3 will not be updated to Wear OS and will continue to use the Tizen system, at least officially.
On the one hand, this is not entirely surprising, because the hardware platform on which these Tizen smartwatches run is not yet supported by Wear OS. On the other hand, this is still disappointing, because, from the hardware point of view, these smartwatches should have enough performance to upgrade.
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