New reports based on insider information suggest Samsung will show off more than one new version of the Gear next week at MWC, and at least one of them could run Tizen, not Android.
The reports come from The Verge and USA Today and both cite anonymous people with knowledge of the matter. According to The Verge, “multiple Gear wearables” are coming next week from Samsung. The usage of the term wearables instead of smartwatches leaves open the possibility that the Korean giant will introduce an entire new range of wearable devices at MWC, though that’s just speculation for now.
USA Today reports that the new Gear (no mention of multiple versions) will run Tizen, the Linux-based operating system that Samsung is developing together with Intel and many of the world’s largest carriers, including Japan’s SoftBank and its US subsidiary Sprint.
Samsung has confirmed through one of its top executives that it’s planning to release a second generation of the Gear smartwatch alongside the flagship Galaxy S5, after the original device was received with predominantly negative reviews and unclear sales popularity. But this is the first time we hear of a Tizen version of the device. Samsung has scheduled a Tizen event on Sunday evening where the first commercial devices running the new OS will be introduced. Much like Android, Tizen can power a wide range of devices, from wearables, to smartphones, to smart TVs. Many have questioned its chances of success, especially since Samsung has presumably become more closed to Google following a massive cross-licensing patent deal signed last month.
Samsung will unveil the new Galaxy S5 and the successor(s) to the Gear 2 on Monday evening at its Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona. Stay tuned for more.