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Next Galaxy Gear rumored to run Tizen

By Adam Zeis on 18 Feb 2014 04:59 pm

A new Galaxy Gear is rumored to be on the way very soon, maybe even arriving at Mobile World Congress. It will have a new design and hopefully new features — and it may not even be running Android. 

According to USA Today, Samsung's follow-up device may be powered by Tizen, a Linux-based OS that can be scaled to anything from phones to TVs or even your car. If it holds true it's definitely an interesting move by Samsung — it also means that they can totally customize the OS to do what they need to in a smartwatch. It could turn out to be amazingly awesome and it won't have to be Androidy at all, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. 

We're hoping to see oodles of new Galaxy Gear news at MWC, so we'll just have to wait it out for a few more days to see what turns up. If you're looking to kill some time in between, check out our latest podcast.

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Next Galaxy Gear rumored to run Tizen

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So is device compatibility still not an issue for Samsung or perhaps can an app in the Play Store make this alien operating system interface with all Android phones?

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Is the Pebble running android? Is it a problem compatibility wise?
As long as they stick to standards and open up as much of the tech as they can, there will be no problem.

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Tizen is Samsung's OS. My concern is that they may have been baking something into their newer ROM's to support a Tizen companion.

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My point is that completely different devices running not even similar software can communicate with no problem as long as they use a standard interface, such as bluetooth. The Pebble can be used (in some way or another) with the 4 leading mobile platforms without baking anything into the OSes.
The question is not whether they can, but whether they want to open it up. And this is a business decision, not a technical one.

The most important thing is to open the device up to more device so people will actually make apps for it... I loved the gear for about two days until I realized it wasn't any apps and development for new apps was understandably weak

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Is Samsung going to update the older watch and continue to develope apps for it? Or should I list it on ebay because the amount of apps for it is way to few?