"It's not over 'til it's over." Surely you've heard this saying before, right? Well this week has brought one of these types of situations before us.
In a statement to Fast Company, Korean giant Samsung was quoted as saying that the company has no Android Wear smartwatches in development: "Samsung executives told *Fast Company today that no more Samsung Android Wear devices are in development or being planned. The executives said Samsung's own Tizen OS, used in almost all the company's wearables now, is far more battery-efficient than Android Wear. Also, Tizen is becoming the standard OS on other Samsung products from TVs to refrigerators, the executives said."* One other reason why Samsung said it wouldn't make any more Android Wear smartwatches pertains to the fact that Tizen's battery life is better-performing than battery life in Android. And that is true: my Gear S2 lasts 2-4 days on a single charge; try getting anything in the ballpark of 36 hours with an Android Wear smartwatch. If you do, a miracle made it possible.
Now, though, after the tech press has had a day to spread the claim far and wide, Samsung wrote Fast Company to update its statement, with the claim that "Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms."
Well, the response from Samsung is certainly an interesting one. The company has said that it has made no announcement about Android Wear -- but where are the representatives who said there are no devices in development? If there are no devices in development, with the Gear Live being about 2 years old at this point, it doesn't look as though Samsung intends to make any more. Samsung has had some large measure of success with its circular Gear S2 smartwatch that runs Tizen and has not only updated the smartwatch with new features but has even planned Samsung Pay integration later this year for it.
What do you think? Is Samsung done with Android Wear smartwatches? Would you like to see Samsung release another Android Wear smartwatch, or are you happy with your Gear S2 running Tizen and could care less about Android Wear? We'd love to know your thoughts.