Samsung Brings Part of the Wear OS Magic to Its Tizen Smartwatches

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 4 embraces one big change as compared to all its predecessors: it gives up on Tizen and goes for Wear OS, therefore giving Google’s wearable operating system a huge boost in the competition against Apple’s watchOS.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean Samsung is ready to leave behind all of its Tizen-based smartwatches, so the company has announced that some of the features previously exclusive to the Galaxy Watch 4 would also launch on older models like the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch Active 2, and Galaxy Watch 3.

The new rollout, which will happen via a software update to go live on these devices, is mostly focused on health capabilities and personalization options.

So for example, those who own a Galaxy Watch Active 2 or a Galaxy Watch 3 will get support for fall detection. This system automatically detects when the wearer has recorded a fall, asking for input, and in case no response is offered, it can automatically … (read more)

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