Samsung already has its own line of Gear smartwatches running its in-house Tizen OS, but the company may also be preparing to unveil an Android Wear device alongside Motorola’s Moto 360 and LG’s G Watch. Last month a trademark for the “Galaxy Wear” brand was traced back to the South Korean phone maker, and now a new Samsung smartwatch has passed through the FCC just ahead of Google’s I/O developer conference.
The new Samsung smartwatch is noticeably smaller than recent Gear models, measuring 37 x 46 mm compared to the Gear 2’s 36.9 x 58.4 mm display. The FCC doesn’t offer any more information beyond that, but all signs seem to point towards an Android Wear device from Samsung. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, because even though Samsung has its own devices it is also one of Google’s Android Wear partners, and a major Android partner in general.
If Samsung wants to jump on Google’s new wearables platform now is the time to do it before a competing device from Motorola or LG can conquer the market. The first few Gear devices haven’t really measured up to our expectations, but the company’s been steadily improving with each new iteration. Combining Samsung’s manufacturing and marketing power with Android Wear could make for a killer combination, though it’s still to early to tell if this is anything more than just another rumor.
It’ll all come down to choice, it seems. Want an IR blaster on your wrist? Go with a Gear smartwatch. Want a natural Android Wear experience? Maybe Samsung will have something for you there, too.