Samsung made it official today that it will be adopting Google’s Wear OS for its smartwatches going forward, starting with the upcoming Galaxy Watch 4. Samsung is returning to Android for its smartwatches for the first time in six years, and it’s a move that is expected to fix one of the few disadvantages of Samsung’s Tizen-based smartwatches: third-party app support.
But what about existing Galaxy smartwatches, like the Galaxy Watch 3 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2? Will they continue to run on Samsung’s Tizen platform or will they be updated to Wear OS as well?
It’s a question many are asking, and the answer is no, those existing smartwatches will not be updated to Wear OS. Samsung has indirectly made it clear in its announcement today that it has no such plans, so the Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Watch Active 2, Galaxy Watch, and other older Galaxy smartwatches will continue to run on the Tizen platform.
However, that doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the road for these watches. Far from it. Samsung has confirmed that all of its Tizen-powered smartwatches will get at least three years of software support starting from their launch date. We will likely see that in the form of updates that bring new features and UI changes, possibly including those that are introduced with the Galaxy Watch 4 and other future models.