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Galaxy Watch name confirmed, Samsung Bixby inside

Galaxy Watch name confirmed, Samsung Bixby inside

This year might be a slow one for Samsung. The Galaxy S9, despite re-imagining the camera, isn’t doing so hot. The Galaxy Note 9 due in a month may have a few tricks up its sleeve to make it more interesting than what it so far looks like. The most interesting Samsung product this year, however, might ironically come from its least interesting line: smartwatches. Its name, its OS, and its features are pretty much still in flux, which, at the very least, makes it sound a bit more exciting.

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Gear S4, Galaxy Watch could end up with Tizen after all

Gear S4, Galaxy Watch could end up with Tizen after all

This year might be one filled with red herrings and misleading leaks. Lenovo is receiving some flak over its seemingly intentional attempts to throw people off track when it came to its not so notch-less and still very bezeleed Lenovo Z5 smartphone. Google seems to also be sending mixed signals over the Pixel 3 XL, at least if the leaks are correct. Of course, we can never be sure about leaks, because they are unofficial by nature. So when it turns out that Samsung might not be moving the Gear S4 to Wear OS after all, we can really do nothing but shrug and wait for the moment of truth.

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Samsung Gear S4 with Wear OS: Tizen is dead

Samsung Gear S4 with Wear OS: Tizen is dead

Although they have never really disappeared, traditional smartphone manufacturers have more or less backed out of the smartwatch market. It has become the territory of accessory makers and luxury brands like Fossil or TAG Heuer. One OEM (aside from Apple) that has remained consistent is Samsung with its Gear line of smartwatches and fitness trackers. But while a new smartwatch is still expected to debut in a few months, change is reportedly afoot. Samsung might be switching back to Wear OS, formerly Android Wear, and it might actually start with this year's Gear S4.

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Galaxy Watch might be Samsung’s first Wear OS smartwatch

Galaxy Watch might be Samsung’s first Wear OS smartwatch

Is Samsung really turning over a new leaf and becoming a better-behaved Android manufacturer? Once the biggest cause of fragmentation, Samsung has admittedly been trying to better conform with standards and expectations while still remaining uniquely Samsung. Now that might extend even to its wearables with rumors of a new "Galaxy Watch" looming over the horizon. This, according to some speculation could be Samsung's return to the smartwatch fold by being its first Wear OS, but second Android Wear, smartwatch.

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Samsung Gear S3 update makes it easier to do things on your wrist

Samsung Gear S3 update makes it easier to do things on your wrist

The smartwatch market is a curious one. On the one hand, you are seeing more and more new models coming out, mostly from fashion brands and accessory makers rather than manufacturers. On the other hand, there hasn’t exactly been any major progress on the platforms themselves, especially lesser known ones like the Tizen OS used on the Samsung Gear smartwatches. That changes slightly today as Samsung pushes out an update for the Gear S3 that, while not a complete overhaul, promises to make life easier for the smartwatch’s owners.

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Samsung Gear Sport Review

Samsung Gear Sport Review

The smartwatch never had it easy. On the one hand, offer too small a list of skills and people question your value; on the other, do too much and the resulting complexity can overwhelm the wrist. Perhaps the Samsung Gear Sport, therefore, signposts the route through that tricky balance: by focusing resolutely on healthy living, can it also bypass those lingering questions of "why shouldn't I just use my phone?"

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Samsung Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018 get a preorder date

Samsung Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018 get a preorder date

Samsung's latest wireless earbuds and smartwatch, the Gear IconX 2018 and Gear Sport, have found themselves a release date. Announced back in August, the wearables will go up for pre-order from tomorrow, October 13, though they won't ship until October 27.

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Samsung Z4 ditches Android for Tizen

Samsung Z4 ditches Android for Tizen

It isn't too often we see Samsung release a phone running its Tizen operating system, but today it's doing just that with the Samsung Z4. The next phone in the Z-series, this is an entry-level phone in pretty much every sense, aimed at folks who are buying a smartphone for the first time or those who would rather have a phone that takes care of all the essentials at a lower price point.

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Gear S2, S3 gets its own GameBoy emulator

Gear S2, S3 gets its own GameBoy emulator

Why should Android Wear get all the emulation fun? Maybe because it is much older and, being Android, already has a number of emulators available. That, however, hasn't stopped an rather ardent developer and possibly huge GameBoy fan from doing something similar for Tizen. Yes, that Linux-based operating system running on Samsung's Smart TVs and smartwatches. Yes, you can now play GameBoy and GameBoy Color titles on your Gear S2 or Gear S3, if you're up for the challenge.

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Samsung Tizen has 40 zero-day vulnerabilities, researcher warns

Samsung Tizen has 40 zero-day vulnerabilities, researcher warns

Samsung is increasingly using its Tizen platform on its connect devices, such as smart TVs, but that may not be a good thing from a security standpoint. According to Israeli researcher Amihai Neiderman, Tizen is a poorly created product with 40 previously unknown security vulnerabilities, ones that could allow hackers to relatively easily gain access to the connected devices and to take control of them. He goes so far as to say, "It may be the worse code I've ever seen."

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Samsung Smart TVs to showcase new Tizen UI at CES 2017

Samsung Smart TVs to showcase new Tizen UI at CES 2017

Samsung hedged its bets on the Tizen operating system instead of Android for its smartwatches and smart TVs, and that investment might finally be paying off. A leaked video of what is allegedly Samsung's next best thing for Smart TVs shows what the next iteration of Tizen will bring. In a nutshell, it offers users a quick and seamless way to jump into the content and apps you want, rather than wrestling with the user interface instead.

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Samsung slaps Tizen on standalone, premium signage displays

Samsung slaps Tizen on standalone, premium signage displays

Samsung already has Tizen running on almost all its “smart” consumer electronics, from smartwatches, to smartphones, to Smart TVs. But it could always do with more, which is why it has decided to inject the web-based OS into signage. It has just announced new members of its Samsung SMART Signage Platform, or SSSP, composed of large, premium screens that are meant to weather outdoor environments as well as operate without an external computer or “brain”, because it already has a Tizen-powered one inside.

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