Fitbit, Google, and Samsung have teamed up to create a unified platform and build a new improved version of their Wear OS smartwatch, now called “Wear.”
Google and Fitbit, which was recently bought by Google, hope to make the most of the Samsung used software, Tizen, to develop the smartwatch.
Samsung says the new version of Wear will be available to users on the next Samsung Galaxy Watch, most likely the Galaxy Watch 4.
Samsung will also bring its Exynos system chip to the table, meaning Wear OS could break away from Qualcomm’s half-hearted wearables support.
As Wear OS does not have an available SoC provider, it could not compete with the Apple Watch.
But with Google’s help, the new Wear OS watch will have a kind of SoC vendor tied to the platform.
Google says the new watch will have faster performance, longer battery life, and a thriving developer community.
New updates to apps such as Google Maps, YouTube Music, and Google Play will all be available on the watch, according to Google.
Fitbit’s collaboration will help bring “the best of Fitbit to Wear.”
Further information is expected in the presentation “What’s new with Wear.”
For more information, read the original story in arstechnica.