Samsung will reportedly reveal a Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear next week

Daniel Bader

February 19, 2014 9:20am

Samsung rarely reveals just one product at its Unpacked events. Last year, for example, the Galaxy Gear was revealed beside a refreshed Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note 3.

On February 24th, Samsung is poised for a repeat performance, reportedly set to reveal two new Galaxy Gear smartwatches in addition to the flagship Galaxy S5. In a strange turn, though, one of the Galaxy Gear models will apparently run Tizen, the oft-delayed Linux-based operating system that the company plans to launch commercially in the coming months.

As we’ve previously reported, Tizen is a confusing mess: it is open-source, and has some powerful partners, but it’s coming to market years after Android and with a complete lack of an app ecosystem. Samsung has been experimenting with the operating system on a number of devices, but launching a Tizen-powered smartwatch, which has a much less established and more malleable app and software infrastructure, could be a good move. This version of Tizen is expected to be optimized for HTML5, a web language that other companies, like Kik, has championed for its versatility.

Tizen will also have a presence, independent of Samsung, at Mobile World Congress.

SourceUSA Today
  • JTon

    Perhaps the Tizen watch will be able to interface with iOS and Android devices? Get it in more hands.. beat Apple to the wearables games… ?

  • sicsicpuppy

    Does anyone really care or even bought this thing

    • southerndinner

      Sold more than the pebble though still not many

  • KiwiBri

    Apples going to take this wearable industry by storm when they introduce their iFit device. Apple has amazing mass market appeal. On the GO Train home I see so many people with iPhones. Some “business” types carry their work BB (late models too) but have an iPhone too. They play games on the iPhone or read. Respond to work emails on the BB. Surprising I dont see any Galaxy Note 3’s… mainly Samsung S3 or S4 phones. I did see one HTC one the other day. Anyway, back to the wearables – with a footprint of a lot of iOS devices out there, Apple will have an edge.

    • Comrade Yeti

      That was my HTC One you probably saw! I’ve seen maybe one other on the GO train over the past year.

    • Stephen B Morris

      I’ve seen a handful of HTC Ones as well as whole lot of S3’s and S4’s. Iphones are the most though. I’ve seen very few Blackberrys though I don’t work or live downtown anymore. I did see one person with a Samsung Ativ S one evening. Was going to compliment the guy on his unique phone choice but realized that a big black guy commenting on his nice phone would give off the wrong message entirely.

    • KiwiBri

      Are you a female with the HTC one in a clear case ? 😉

    • Comrade Yeti

      No… I’m hard on my phones. My One has no case and has the beats logo half scratched off.

  • cs098

    Tizen’s fine on a smartwatch. Not like andriod apps can work well on a tiny display, Although candy crush on the gear was intresting.

  • Adam Wright

    Did I read the source article wrong, or did I miss the part where it says Samsung will introduce two new Galaxy Gear’s? To me it seems like it’s suggesting that Samsung will drop Android from their watch entirely.