This is what Wear OS 3 with One UI Watch is like on the Samsung Galaxy Watch



Can I Install Wear OS on Samsung Galaxy Watch?


No. Currently, Samsung Galaxy Watch doesn’t support Wear OS on their wearabledevices. Samsung has plans to introduce Wear OS on their upcoming Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4.

How to Get Wear OS If Someone Wants to Make a Smartwatch as Manufacturer?


Android Wear is not an open-source ecosystem. In Android Wear, Android is the(open) source and wear is the (closed) framework, which is owned by Google.Building a smartwatch with Android Wear OS has some restrictions. Therefore,developing a Wear OS smartwatch needs an agreement with Google. By specifyinga proposal to Google, you can work on this project with them.If you are limited to the Hardware requirements, Google might reject yourproposal. That’s because Wear OS has an ecosystem that requires a certaincombination of hardware.Want to know the manufacturers around the world working with Google? VisitGoogle Developer’s Page.

Tizen v Wear OS: Smartwatches


Features and apps might sway your ultimate decision but your gut feeling onwhich smartwatch platform to choose will probably be based on the hardwareitself.And it feels a bit odd to describe these smartwatches as hardware these days,as on both sides tech companies are doing a much better job of disguising thetech as truly wearable accessories.Essential reading: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 reviewOn the Tizen side, you have Samsung’s current flagship wearables, the SamsungGalaxy Watch and the smaller Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. The OS is runningon a whole host of other Galaxy wearables too, stretching right back to theSamsung Gear S from 2014.This is a smartwatch operating system that’s been around for a while now, andthe same can be said about Wear OS, which started life as Android Wear in2014.The Fossil Gen 5 watches are among the most stylish on the market at themoment, including the brilliant new Skagen Falster 3. Elsewhere, Michael Korshave some excellent and stylish smartwatches, running the latest hardware.There’s a common theme – great hardware, but not very sport focused. WhileSamsung’s devices are much more ready for an active lifestyle. Away from theFossil Group, the Ticwatch E2 is a feature-rich smartwatches at low prices,although they’re no way as stylish.Winner: Draw. If you’re looking for choice, Wear OS is available on a widerrange of smartwatches. Tizen may run on just two smartwatches, but these twoare widely considered two of the best on the market.

Wear OS v Tizen: Apps


We’re not particularly blown away by either of the app selections for Tizen orWear OS, though there’s definitely more choice on the latter: the likes ofGmail, Google Maps and Google Calendar, that you’re no doubt already familiarwith, are available on Wear OS. When it comes to Tizen, you’re basically relying on Samsung’s own apps and avery small number of third-party options, including an Outlook app fromMicrosoft, an official Spotify app, and maps from Here. Samsung’s own apps might be all you need though — and you will getnotifications from every app on your Android phone, even if you can’t do muchin terms of interacting with them. You’re covered for the basics like acalendar, an alarm clock, reminders and music, you just don’t get much else(or any Google apps). Aside from Google’s own apps, the picture isn’t all that better on Wear OS,though there is more out there, including Spotify, Outlook, Dark Sky, Todoistand Uber. You’ll find gaps too: Google recently pulled its Nest app for WearOS, for example. Winner: Wear OS

Reasons for a Wear OS-powered Galaxy Watch


Jimmy Westenberg / Android AuthoritySamsung’s current flagship watch, the Galaxy Watch 3, is one of our favoritesmartwatches you can get for your Android phone. But it’s not perfect.Building an operating system is difficult, and garnering a thriving appecosystem is one of the main difficulties for young platforms. We’ve seenFitbit, Garmin, and especially Samsung struggle in this area. Boot up your newGalaxy Watch, head to the app store, and you’ll notice a surprising lack ofquality apps to download for your smartwatch. The essentials might be there,but good luck finding many decent third-party apps that you’d actually want touse.Wear OS is far ahead of Tizen in this area. It’s not as comprehensive as, say,Apple’s WatchOS (more on this later), but it’s no doubt in a better spot. IfSamsung used Wear OS, it wouldn’t need to focus so much on its lacking appecosystem; that’s now Google’s problem.This is one of the main reasons why Apple has seen so much success with theApple Watch. If you own an iPhone (which you should if you’re buying an AppleWatch), odds are nearly all of your smartphone app mainstays will be availableon your Apple Watch too. It’s an important part of smartwatches that caneasily be taken for granted.”A move to Wear OS means Google would handle the dirty work, while Samsungcould focus some of its resources elsewhere.”But Samsung has been working on Tizen for years. Why would it want to call itquits now? That’s precisely why it would thrive with a Wear OS watch. Samsunghas been using Tizen in its watches since 2013. It’s learned a lot ofimportant lessons since then, which it could bring to Google’s platform. Whatif Samsung launched a Wear OS device with not-horrible battery life and uniquehardware features like a rotatable bezel? That would surely attract somepeople to the platform.We’ve seen other companies develop new features on top of Wear OS. TakeFossil, which was unhappy with the battery limitations on Wear OS. Inpartnership with Google, it developed custom battery modes to help peopleextend their watches’ battery life. Mobvoi has launched numerous Wear OSwatches with secondary power-saving displays. Suunto launched a Wear OS watchwith more fitness features than any other Wear OS watch to date. I’m simplysaying it’s possible for Samsung to continue developing new features eventhough it doesn’t fully control the OS.Related: The best Wear OS watches: Mobvoi, Suunto, and moreBut because it doesn’t control the OS, Samsung needs to use some workaroundsto make its Tizen-powered watches function the way we all want them to. Ifyou’re pairing a Galaxy Watch with a non-Samsung smartphone, you need toinstall the Galaxy Wearable app (how you control your watch settings andfeatures), Galaxy Watch 3 Plugin (or the relevant Galaxy Watch plugin for yourdevice), Samsung Accessory Service app (used for file transfers), and SamsungHealth for your fitness data. With Wear OS watches, you install the Wear OSapp. That’s it. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Wear OS watches just workbetter with Android phones.

Reasons why Samsung should stick with Tizen


Jimmy Westenberg / Android AuthorityI don’t want to use this as a platform to keep hammering away at the fact thatGoogle doesn’t put as much effort into Wear OS as it needs to, or that theGoogle-Fitbit deal might completely squash Wear OS for good, or that Wear OSis constantly out-developed by other smartwatch platforms, or that… you getthe picture.Samsung should know that the state of Wear OS is a dire one. If the companywere to join the Wear OS ecosystem now, it’d be joining at one of the worsttimes in the platform’s history. It’s neglected and its future is uncertain.Even if Samsung continued to launch Galaxy Watch devices with the issueslisted above, that would certainly be better than launching a smartwatch wherethe core OS is almost completely out of its control, right? Samsung would needto answer for Google’s software problems, and that’s probably not somethingany company would want to do.This brings us back to one of our earlier arguments: Samsung controls Tizen,so it needs to do the extra work to make it a comprehensive OS. But that alsomeans Samsung can add or remove anything it wants from the operating system.This includes important elements like Samsung Pay — the company’s contactlesspayment system — which would be absent from its Wear OS device and replacedwith Google Pay.”Right now, Samsung has full control over what does (and does not) go into itssmartwatch OS. It would lose some of that freedom with Wear OS.”We can’t forget about hardware, either. Samsung is currently able to controlthe hardware that powers its Galaxy Watch devices. If it switched to Wear OS,it would be far more limited in regards to the SoC choice and other importanthardware components.Limited hardware choices could negatively impact battery life, too. Samsung’sTizen-powered watches can easily last over a day on a single charge,oftentimes lasting into the second or third day. Again, Samsung controlsTizen, so it can fine-tune the OS to help battery life last longer. Out of allthe Wear OS watches we’ve tested — even the ones with custom battery modes andthe latest processors — it’s rare to see one last over a day on a charge.Simply put, Wear OS has battery problems, and Samsung would be throwing itselfinto the deep end. (What’s with all the boat analogies today?)From what I’ve heard from Wear OS watchmakers, Google is totally willing tosupport OEMs that have good feature ideas for Wear OS. Google wants to improvethe platform. But because Google owns the software and third-party companieshandle the hardware, it’s much more difficult to bring new, innovative ideasto market in a timely manner. Even if a watchmaker wanted to build a certainfeature into its Wear OS watch, it would need to work closely with Google tobuild a solution into the software. It’s a lot of back and forth that acompany like Samsung doesn’t need to worry about since it handles both sidesof the development process. If Samsung moved to Wear OS, it would slow downits ability to innovate in a timely manner.I wouldn’t blame you for being on either side of this argument. Personally, Ithink moving to Wear OS would be a foolish move for really any company at themoment — especially a company that already has a thriving smartwatch platform.However, there may be much more going on behind the scenes that we’re just notprivy to.If Samsung does decide to make the move, though, it would certainly cause arift in its user base. People like Samsung Galaxy Watches, and I think farfewer people would like a Samsung Galaxy Watch with Google’s software.Next: The best smartwatch deals we could findOne UI Watch on Galaxy Watch 4 is a whole lot like Tizen

This is what Wear OS 3 with One UI Watch is like on the Samsung Galaxy Watch


4Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Watch 4 series, which might be themost significant wearable device Samsung has ever released. The company hasgiven up on its home-grown Tizen software platform (except on TVs), and hasnow teamed up with Google to develop Wear OS 3. This partnership could makethe Galaxy Watch 4 a stronger competitor than ever against the Apple WatchSeries 6.In fact, the Galaxy Watch 4 will likely be the only Wear OS 3 watch for awhile — unless a surprise Pixel Watch shows up soon. The next watch to get theupdate will be Mobvoi’s TicWatch 3 Pro in the “mid to second half of 2022.” Ifyou want to try the latest and greatest from Google and Samsung, your onlyoption for the foreseeable future is a Galaxy Watch 4 (and if you’re buyingone, we have some band suggestions).The version number isn’t the only important factor here. For the first timeever, Google is allowing watchmakers to customize the appearance of itswearable platform, which means Samsung can release Wear OS watches that don’tlook or feel much like Wear OS. In fact, the Galaxy Watch is missing manytypical Google apps out of the box, and some functionality isn’t available atall right now.We’re working on reviews of the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, but thechanges in Samsung’s flavor of Wear OS are so substantial that they’re worthyof their own separate coverage. In this article, we’ll showcase how Wear OS 3with One UI is different than the Wear OS we’ve all been used to for the pastfew years.In many ways, Wear OS 3 with One UI Watch is more like Tizen than Wear OS.Tizen is dead, long live Tizen.

Fewer Google services


Samsung made it clear before the Galaxy Watch 4 was fully revealed that itwould customize Wear OS to fit in better with its own software ecosystem.However, with One UI Watch, Samsung has seemingly changed Wear OS moresignificantly than it changed Android on its smartphones.The only Google apps and services installed on the Galaxy Watch 4 out of thebox are Google Maps and the Play Store — that’s it. Samsung Pay is the defaultpayment option instead of Google Pay, Samsung Messages is installed instead ofGoogle Messages, and Samsung Health is used for health tracking instead ofGoogle Fit.You can still download Google’s apps from the watch’s Play Store and set themas the defaults if you want. However, there’s one omission that can’t be fixedright now — Google Assistant. Bixby is the default voice assistant, andthere’s no way to install Google Assistant. Samsung is currently “workingclosely with Google” to bring Assistant and other functionality to its versionof Wear OS, but at least for the moment, you’re stuck with Bixby.

Lots of Samsung apps


Samsung’s Android phones are defined by all the custom applications that are(mostly) not available on phones from other companies, and the same is nowtrue for its Wear OS devices. The Galaxy Watch 4 has several applicationsdeveloped by Samsung, and most of them are similar (if not identical) to appsfound on previous Galaxy Watches.Some of the apps mirror the functionality of Google’s usual Wear OS apps, likethe phone dialer, Contacts app, and Calendar apps. However, all of them havedifferent designs that match Samsung’s One UI, and some have extra featurescompared to the stock versions. This should sound familiar if you’ve bought anon-stock Android phone at any point — manufacturers love creating their ownalternative apps and services. Phone Recents Compass Weather Calendar Bixby Alarm CameraBesides the previously-mentioned Samsung Pay, Messages, Bixby, and SamsungHealth, there’s also a Gallery (mostly for viewing screenshots), Compass,Weather, Calendar, Find my Phone, Clock, Timer, Alarms, Camera (a viewfinderfor the camera on Galaxy phones), Media Controls, Voice Recorder, and aCalculator. Spotify and Microsoft Outlook are also pre-installed. Spotify onmy review unit is the same basic remote control app that’s been on Wear OS foryears, but the promised update with offline playback support is slowly rollingout.My favorite custom Samsung app is Music, which works exactly the same as theMusic app on previous Galaxy Watches. It allows you to copy music files fromyour phone to the watch (using the Galaxy Wearable app) without the need for asubscription service like Spotify or YouTube Music. I keep some music storedon a personal Plex server, and it doesn’t take much work to transfer thosetracks to the watch.

This is what Wear OS 3 with One UI Watch is like on the Samsung Galaxy Watch


4Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Watch 4 series, which might be themost significant wearable device Samsung has ever released. The company hasgiven up on its home-grown Tizen software platform (except on TVs), and hasnow teamed up with Google to develop Wear OS 3. This partnership could makethe Galaxy Watch 4 a stronger competitor than ever against the Apple WatchSeries 6.In fact, the Galaxy Watch 4 will likely be the only Wear OS 3 watch for awhile — unless a surprise Pixel Watch shows up soon. The next watch to get theupdate will be Mobvoi’s TicWatch 3 Pro in the “mid to second half of 2022.” Ifyou want to try the latest and greatest from Google and Samsung, your onlyoption for the foreseeable future is a Galaxy Watch 4 (and if you’re buyingone, we have some band suggestions).The version number isn’t the only important factor here. For the first timeever, Google is allowing watchmakers to customize the appearance of itswearable platform, which means Samsung can release Wear OS watches that don’tlook or feel much like Wear OS. In fact, the Galaxy Watch is missing manytypical Google apps out of the box, and some functionality isn’t available atall right now.We’re working on reviews of the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, but thechanges in Samsung’s flavor of Wear OS are so substantial that they’re worthyof their own separate coverage. In this article, we’ll showcase how Wear OS 3with One UI is different than the Wear OS we’ve all been used to for the pastfew years.In many ways, Wear OS 3 with One UI Watch is more like Tizen than Wear OS.Tizen is dead, long live Tizen.

Fewer Google services


Samsung made it clear before the Galaxy Watch 4 was fully revealed that itwould customize Wear OS to fit in better with its own software ecosystem.However, with One UI Watch, Samsung has seemingly changed Wear OS moresignificantly than it changed Android on its smartphones.The only Google apps and services installed on the Galaxy Watch 4 out of thebox are Google Maps and the Play Store — that’s it. Samsung Pay is the defaultpayment option instead of Google Pay, Samsung Messages is installed instead ofGoogle Messages, and Samsung Health is used for health tracking instead ofGoogle Fit.You can still download Google’s apps from the watch’s Play Store and set themas the defaults if you want. However, there’s one omission that can’t be fixedright now — Google Assistant. Bixby is the default voice assistant, andthere’s no way to install Google Assistant. Samsung is currently “workingclosely with Google” to bring Assistant and other functionality to its versionof Wear OS, but at least for the moment, you’re stuck with Bixby.

Lots of Samsung apps


Samsung’s Android phones are defined by all the custom applications that are(mostly) not available on phones from other companies, and the same is nowtrue for its Wear OS devices. The Galaxy Watch 4 has several applicationsdeveloped by Samsung, and most of them are similar (if not identical) to appsfound on previous Galaxy Watches.Some of the apps mirror the functionality of Google’s usual Wear OS apps, likethe phone dialer, Contacts app, and Calendar apps. However, all of them havedifferent designs that match Samsung’s One UI, and some have extra featurescompared to the stock versions. This should sound familiar if you’ve bought anon-stock Android phone at any point — manufacturers love creating their ownalternative apps and services. Phone Recents Compass Weather Calendar Bixby Alarm CameraBesides the previously-mentioned Samsung Pay, Messages, Bixby, and SamsungHealth, there’s also a Gallery (mostly for viewing screenshots), Compass,Weather, Calendar, Find my Phone, Clock, Timer, Alarms, Camera (a viewfinderfor the camera on Galaxy phones), Media Controls, Voice Recorder, and aCalculator. Spotify and Microsoft Outlook are also pre-installed. Spotify onmy review unit is the same basic remote control app that’s been on Wear OS foryears, but the promised update with offline playback support is slowly rollingout.My favorite custom Samsung app is Music, which works exactly the same as theMusic app on previous Galaxy Watches. It allows you to copy music files fromyour phone to the watch (using the Galaxy Wearable app) without the need for asubscription service like Spotify or YouTube Music. I keep some music storedon a personal Plex server, and it doesn’t take much work to transfer thosetracks to the watch.”

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