We have seen plenty of false dawns for Samsung and Intel's Tizen platform. Sure, the OS has found its way to most of Samsung's Gear smartwatches, but in terms of landing on smartphones the path has been bumpier. However, the Korean company has not turned its back on Tizen and we may actually be seeing a first ever devices soon.
If Samsung has an idea, it makes a product for it. The Korean company already has six smartwatches in the market, but is reportedly developing a new one that will be focused on mobile payments. Obviously spurred on by Apple Watch and Apple Pay, Samsung is working on the new NFC oriented smartwatch to go alongside its numerous other efforts.
Samsung's IFA event was dominated by the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones, but the company had other things to offer too. Chief among those was the Gear S, a smartwatch we had heard about before it was launched in Berlin today. However, while Samsung loves launching a wearable, the Gear S may be the most interesting one the company has made yet.
LG won't be the only Korean company launching a new smartwatch at IFA next week as Samsung will also be rolling out the Galaxy Gear S (not Solo as we reported yesterday). This wearable is arguably the most elegant Samsung has made so far, while it comes with one added differentiator. As we said yesterday when the Gear S was a mere rumour, it will allow taking and making calls directly on the smartwatch.
The Samsung Galaxy Z was a device that caused plenty of interest in the MobileBurn offices when it was unveiled a few months ago. I wrote at the time that in my opinion it is one of the nicest looking devices from Samsung in a long time, while its specs were very good, and it run on Samsung's own Tizen operating system.
Samsung is not only focusing on its smartphone in the coming months as the company will once again turn its attention to is sizeable tablet business. The Korean electronics giant is the second biggest slate manufacturer and this year it will be launching tablets based from its most successful mobile product, the Galaxy S line.
Trademark filings by Samsung make whispers of a smartwatch that doesn't need to connect to a phone seem more plausible, and reveal what may be the name of Samsung's Android Wear wristwatch.
Samsung has posted its own official hands-on video to detail the features of the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear Fit, the two wearable devices unveiled a few weeks ago.
It was rumored recently that Samsung would release an early successor to its Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch, and those rumors have proven truthful with an announcement late last night that Samsung has two new editions of the Gear, both running Tizen OS instead of Android.
It might seem strange that Samsung would choose to release a Galaxy Gear follow-up only five months after the original first went on sale, but the next smartwatch will be different from the first thanks to a new operating system.