Wearing the future on your wrist: What’s next for the Galaxy Watch and Wear OS?

By Patrick Chomet, EVP and Head of Customer Experience Office at Mobile eXperience Business, Samsung Electronics

Patrick Chomet, EVP and Head of Customer Experience Office at Mobile eXperience Business, Samsung Electronics

Just a year ago at Google I/O, I was privileged to be part of the announcement of a new unified Wear OS platform that brings together the best of Google with the wearable software and hardware expertise of Samsung Electronics. This was the culmination of the long-standing partnership between Samsung and Google.

The release of Wear OS Powered by Samsung on the galaxy watch4series was a momentous step for both companies and one that could only be achieved through a true partnership, driven by our shared goals. When we merged our proprietary Tizen-based software platform with Google’s operating system, we knew we could make massive improvements to the overall user experience through Wear OS. It was – and still is – to enable various features such as the Watch Face Studio, which allows both users and designers to easily and intuitively create their own watch faces.

Bringing out the best of our partnership, together we strive to create innovative experiences for Samsung Galaxy users. As such, Wear OS really exemplifies the value of our partnership. In fact, I think we can officially call Wear OS an undeniable success, as there are now more than three times as many active Wear OS devices as there were last year. We see this growth in our wearables as just the beginning of even bigger things to come.

A unified platform, focused on you

As a leader in the wearables market, Samsung understands the importance of unifying its wearables user experience with the wider Android community. As we develop these experiences, we listen to our users to make the improvements and upgrades that will improve their everyday lives. With the creation of Wear OS, Android developers could easily port code from their smartphone applications to create Wear OS apps. When Galaxy users download the Wear OS compatible app from the Google Play Store, they can choose to automatically install the same app on their Galaxy Watch as well.

Samsung Galaxy users were the first to receive the latest features and benefits of the partnership and platform, culminating in our most significant wearable release to date: Galaxy Watch4 Series† Our job is to ensure that our customers not only enjoy the Galaxy experience, but feel empowered to make the changes that improve their health and overall well-being. Health Connect, announced today, is the result of our continued efforts to deliver holistic health solutions for our users.

Expanding the Android ecosystem

As we celebrate a year of collaboration and success, we’re opening up the ecosystem even further by bringing new experiences and benefits to Galaxy Watch4 users. I’m excited to share this summer that Galaxy Watch4 users will be able to download Google Assistant to their device, with faster and more natural voice interactions, enabling quick responses and on-the-go help.

We also bring enhanced functionality to our third-party partners. Soon our users will be able to control Spotify with the Google Assistant and change songs using just their voice. But we don’t stop there. Later this year, even more Google apps and services will be optimized for Galaxy Watches, once again delivering the most comprehensive and seamless wearable device experience with Android smartphones.

We just uncovered the potential of our partnership with Google and what’s to come for our users. Galaxy Watch series devices are already loved by Android smartphone users thanks to our signature designs, rich watch face ecosystem and holistic health platform. I can’t wait to show you the next wave of innovations and ecosystem improvements we’ve been working on for the series. Stay tuned for more exciting news!

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