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Leaked Galaxy Watch screenshots show device running Samsung Altius / Altios OS, not Android

Leaked images of a Samsung smartwatch - the Galaxy Watch? - have been leaked showing the device running a non-Android OS.
February 14, 2013

After having talked about an unconfirmed Galaxy S4 family member yesterday, supposedly a Samsung smartwatch (the Galaxy Watch?), we now have the first set of leaked images of the device, or better said of its OS.

While we don’t have any official confirmation that Samsung is working on such a product, and there’s no product name for it either – although Galaxy Watch does make some sense – there’s plenty of chatter around smartwatches at this time of year, with Apple being one of the companies that are reportedly also working on such a project.

Interestingly, today’s leak seems to suggest that the Galaxy Watch will have its own custom OS which doesn’t appear to be Android. In fact, from the looks of it, we’re reminded more of a Windows Phone Metro UI experience than of anything else.

The device apparently runs AltiusOS or Altios, depending what image you’re looking at, and we’re definitely interested to know more about it, in case these images aren’t just figments of a creative imagination. In case you didn’t know it already, rumor has it that Altius the internal code name of the Galaxy S4, so color us puzzled.

When it comes to the things this device will do, the Galaxy Watch is apparently supposed to offer carrier connectivity support, access to music, and email and/or messages. It’s not clear how the device will connect to smartphones and/or tablets, and we have no images of the thing at this time.

We’ll be holding on to our crate of salt for the time being, but we’ll definitely keep tabs on this particular rumor.

Anyone looking forward to see more smartwatches in stores?