Regardless of Android being the most well-liked cellular working system on the planet (there are actually 3 billion energetic Android devices within the wild) Google has struggled to translate that success right into a profitable smartwatch platform. Whereas the rival Apple Watch has turn out to be a must have accent for a dizzying variety of iPhone homeowners, Google’s Put on OS has languished behind its fruit-flavoured competitor by way of adoption and options.
Nevertheless, that may very well be about to vary.
Throughout its annual developer convention, Google IO, the Mountain View-based agency introduced a reasonably drastic change to its smartwatch software program. Google has teamed-up with Samsung, which has loved success with its Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Match smartwatch and health trackers, to deliver its competing wearable software program collectively. Tizen OS, which is used to energy Samsung smartwatches, televisions, fridges, and extra, will now have the ability to talk with Google’s Put on OS.
Like Android smartphones, that are constructed by a lot of completely different corporations however can all talk, no matter whether or not your pals have Samsung-branded smartwatches on their wrist and you’ve got a Google-designed possibility – you’ll all have the ability to participate in health competitions collectively, ship encouragement in texts, and extra.
Meaning an enormous variety of new smartwatch homeowners will out of the blue have the ability to work together with each other, share messages of encouragement, and verify one another’s statistics from runs, walks, and swims.
However that’s solely half the story. By bringing collectively its working programs, Google and Samsung are additionally making it simpler for builders to craft apps for each model of units. Not will Spotify must construct a separate smartwatch app for Put on OS, Tizen OS, and Fitbit. As an alternative, a single app will have the ability to work seamlessly with hundreds of thousands of units from the three well-liked manufacturers.
Google, which accomplished its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit in the beginning of this yr, will enable builders to beam apps to Samsung, any future Google-branded wearables, and Fitbit devices with a single click on. Likewise, prospects who’ve owned Samsung-branded wearables for years will have the ability to transfer to Fitbit with out shedding any paid-for apps, health monitoring information, and extra.
All in all, it’s nice information throughout… besides that this newest cross-platform model of Put on OS may not be suitable together with your ageing smartwatch.
When requested by Google-centric weblog 9to5Google about how most of the Put on OS gadget presently on wrists worldwide will have the ability to run this shiny new replace, a spokesperson for Google stated: “We may have extra updates to share on timelines as soon as the brand new model launches later this yr.”
Google is form of dodging the query there, one thing which instantly raises some eyebrows. Absolutely, in the event that they had been supporting each gadget …they’d simply reassured all of us proper now?
Categorical.co.uk can be keeping track of the scenario over the approaching months. Google often launches its blockbuster working system updates within the autumn, so anticipate to see some the latest-and-greatest Put on OS model someday earlier than Christmas.