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Galaxy Watch 4 Classic leak gives a tiny sneak peek of Wear OS 3

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic leak gives a tiny sneak peek of Wear OS 3

Samsung's Unpacked 2021 event in a few days won't just be about its two new foldable phones, even if they are indeed the highlights. There will be other products to be announced as well, most of them are accessories to go along with the phones. The Galaxy Watch 4 might be the more interesting one because of what it's promised to bring. A new pair of hands-on photos not only show how the Classic version of the smartwatch will look but also how the UI might appear.

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Galaxy Gear owners must upgrade to Tizen or lose Galaxy Store access

Galaxy Gear owners must upgrade to Tizen or lose Galaxy Store access

Samsung was one of the first major smartphone makers to jump on the smartwatch ship, and, unsurprisingly, its first smartwatch didn't use Google's nascent Android Wear back then. It struck off on its own with a customized version of Android running inside the Samsung Galaxy Gear. It has come full circle and has returned to Android again, this time with Wear OS running on the upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 series. Surprisingly, there might still be some owners of the Galaxy Gear around, and Samsung is now urging them to switch to its Tizen OS if they want access to some smartwatch apps.

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Galaxy Watch 4 Classic leak points to a familiar design

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic leak points to a familiar design

It seems that Samsung is really ready to go all out on its next generation of wearables powered, not by its own Tizen OS, but Wear OS by Google. In addition to making a big splash about the new user experience that will arrive with the merger of One UI and Wear OS, we have also heard about at least two smartwatch models that will be available in various sizes or configurations. One of those will apparently be called the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, and, based on these leaked renders, it will be giving that name its due.

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Galaxy Watch 3 won’t be getting Wear OS

Galaxy Watch 3 won’t be getting Wear OS

Samsung just made its big wearable spiel earlier, exciting Wear OS users of what's coming next. The next Galaxy Watch will be the first wearable to run Google's new wearable platform, one that will look more like One UI rather than the Wear OS some have become familiar with. Unfortunately for Galaxy Watch fans, the news isn't exactly all good, and while Samsung promises it won't abandon owners of its Tizen-based smartwatches, it is practically leaving them behind anyway.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 leaks, ready for 2021

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 leaks, ready for 2021

A few images were shared this week that show a device called Galaxy Watch Active 4. If the rumored device ends up being made, revealed, and released by Samsung, it'll likely be the first of the smartwatches released after the public announcement of Google and Samsung's teaming up for smartwatch / wearables software. This device will likely look very similar to the images we're seeing here - maybe a few tones brighter or darker, but similar.

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Apple Watch leads the smartwatch market but Wear OS still has hope

Apple Watch leads the smartwatch market but Wear OS still has hope

Given the increased attention to personal fitness and health in the past months since the pandemic hit last year, it's really no surprise that smartwatch sales have considerably risen during that period. Given its focus on health and fitness as well as its track record in saving lives, it is also no surprise that the Apple Watch continues to lead that market all the way to the first quarter of 2021. It isn't too late for Google's Wear OS, however, and it might finally catch a break in the coming quarters, presuming its partnership with Samsung bears good fruit.

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Galaxy Watch Active 4 specs leak with Wear OS and a new chip

Galaxy Watch Active 4 specs leak with Wear OS and a new chip

Wear OS was at the center of attention on Google's first day of I/O 2021. It promised to breathe new life into the wearable platform with some help from Fitbit, which it practically owns, and the surprise appearance of Samsung. The latter will, of course, reap the benefits of that collaboration in its upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4, the latter of which just got a leak that shows other interesting aspects of the sporty smartwatch beyond its OS.

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Galaxy Watch with Tizen will get three years of updates

Galaxy Watch with Tizen will get three years of updates

Most of the rumors pointed to Samsung adopting Wear OS for its future smartwatches. They never anticipated, however, that the company would actually play a bigger role in Google's wearable future. It might sound comforting for Wear OS fans that a large company like Samsung would be investing heavily in the platform's future but it could also sound discouraging for those already invested in Samsung's Tizen-based platform. Samsung is throwing this group a bone by promising updates that will last three years, though that's really just two years now since the last Galaxy Watch.

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Wear OS at I/O 2021 gets a much-deserved upgrade

Wear OS at I/O 2021 gets a much-deserved upgrade

Although it naturally announced a lot of new things across its many products and services, Google I/O this year also highlighted some of the often ignored parts of its empire, specifically the various incarnations of Android thought to have been forgotten. Although there was some inkling about it, the collaboration between Google and Samsung over Wear OS was definitely a pleasant surprise but that was just the tip of the iceberg of what smartwatch fans can expect, hopefully really soon.

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Google and Samsung are combining Wear OS and Tizen in a big way

Google and Samsung are combining Wear OS and Tizen in a big way

Google has confirmed some big rumors we've been hearing about the future of Samsung's smartwatches today, revealing that it has teamed up with the South Korean company to revolutionize Wear OS and the next round of Android smartwatches. According to Google, the two companies are 'bringing the best of Wear and Tizen into a single, unified platform.'

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Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS to have a custom UI

Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS to have a custom UI

The rumors surrounding Samsung's switch from its own Tizen OS for smartwatches to Wear OS just refuse to die and it seems that the final word is in, unofficially, of course. Given all the rumors coming from reliable sources, the likelihood that the next Galaxy Watch 4 series will be running Google's wearable platform is almost all but certain but, in true Samsung fashion, it won't be looking exactly like the Wear OS some have grown to know and maybe even love.

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Galaxy Watch with Wear OS rumor comes with some bad news

Galaxy Watch with Wear OS rumor comes with some bad news

Despite being based on the same popular Android platform, Wear OS by Google isn't exactly as popular. It definitely outnumbers other smartwatches by the sheer fact that there are many manufacturers using it for dozens of smartwatches but, as far as mind share goes, Samsung's Galaxy Watches might actually have an edge. Unfortunately, it could soon be losing that as the company has been consistently rumored to be dropping its Tizen-based smartwatch OS for Wear OS but it isn't all good news, at least based on this latest leak.

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