A new leak suggests that Samsung is working on a new smartwatch that will run on Google’s Wear OS. In the meantime, we are trying to find out whether the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Tizen will be thrown overboard completely or whether two variants will run on different operating systems.
It seems Samsung is preparing to ditch Tizen OS as new information confirms the Chaebol is working on a new smartwatch with WearOS. The first time we saw evidence of this was when well-known leaker IceUniverse suggested that Samsung’s new watch would use Android instead of Tizen. We know Samsung is working on at least two new devices since the code names Wise and Fresh popped up last week. This led many to believe that Samsung is planning something big with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch.
Samsung’s new watch will use Android to replace Tizen.
– Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) February 19, 2021
According to reports, there is mention of a new smartwatch with model numbers SM-R86x and SM-R87x, which would correspond to two different sizes of a new Samsung Galaxy Watch. However, this report also claims that Fresh may be the WearOS-equipped model, while the latest information from ivan_meler of XDA Recognized Developer suggests a third model, codenamed Merlot. This device was mentioned along with WearOS in the kernel source code for the Samsung Galaxy S20 (SM-G980F). Merlot would also arrive with the Broadcom BVM43013 chip like the Galaxy Watch 3.
Things get a little unclear when we remember that Merlot was found in the kernel source code for the Samsung Galaxy S20, which is a bit out of date. In other words, Merlot as a code name is quite old, so we cannot believe that this is a new and future device as it is not mentioned in the kernel source codes for One UI 3.1. This would make us think that the project has been put on hold or that it has changed its name to Wise or Fresh. Anyway, we have to remember that the latest Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 was launched back in August. Rumor has it that this new WearOS smartwatch could be released before the end of the year.
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