Samsung, Google team up to bring new platform for smartwatches

The partnership aims to combine both the software and hardware expertise of both companies’ wearables

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
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Samsung has revealed its new unified platform for smartwatches at this year’s Google I/O. Created in close partnership with Google, Samsung aims to provide a “unified experience” by bringing both platforms together.

This new platform will be replacing Samsung’s current proprietary smartwatch OS, Tizen, but the company will continue support for at least three more years when the new platform launches.

The new platform that Samsung and Google are developing will combine the identities of both companies while offering even better, more seamless connectivity. Samsung will be retaining its watch face ecosystem and health platform that offers optimized performance for wearables with advanced sensor batching and battery-saving tech such as low-power displays.

The Samsung health features will be integrated further with Google services to provide consumers better tools to monitor their current health status. This may result in better communication with other apps, more accurate location tracking, and other such improvements.

In addition to that, Google’s integration will open up Samsung’s wearables to more apps. According to Samsung, the unified platform provides new opportunities for the developer community to “apply their talents to work with us in evolving and redefining the smartwatch experience.”