Samsung’s Cellular World Congress presser was, as soon as once more, all about wearables. The large news at this night’s (or afternoon’s, timezone dependent) occasion was our best look yet at a redesigned interface for the corporate’s line of Galaxy Watches.
One UI Watch – which takes its identify from the Galaxy mobile interface — will share a design language with the one discovered on the corporate’s line of Galaxy telephones. The upcoming One UI Watch will debut at an upcoming Unpacked occasion later this summer season, sporting the new UI, in addition to the forthcoming joint Samsung/Google platform.
It was first teased at I/O last month that the 2 expertise powerhouses could be teaming up on a wearables undertaking. We nonetheless have little in the way in which of details about it, nonetheless, – together with what it should truly be referred to as.
The partnership was initially introduced as a “unified platform” that might enable builders to create a single app for each Google’s Put on OS and Tizen, the open-source working system Samsung has lengthy relied on for its personal smartwatches. As we famous on the time, third-party app growth has confirmed a substantial hurdle for each firms as they give the impression of being to take on Apple’s dominance of the area.
Among the many advantages of the partnerships is that when a watch-compatible app has been downloaded on a linked smartphone, it should even be downloaded to the watch. Together with first-party Google apps like Maps and YouTube Music, the checklist contains Spotify (naturally), Calm, Strava, Adidas Working and Sleep Cycle.
“Samsung and Google have a protracted historical past of collaboration, and every time we’ve labored collectively, the expertise for our customers has been dramatically higher for everybody,” Google SVP Sameer Samat stated in a launch tied to the news. “That definitely holds true for this new, unified platform, which shall be rolling out for the primary time on Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch. In collaboration with Samsung, we’re thrilled to carry longer battery life, sooner performance, and a variety of apps, together with many from Google to a complete new wearable expertise.”
Such a partnership appears odd at first blush – Samsung way back eschewed Google’s wearable working system in favor of its personal closely personalized version of Tizen. In the end, nonetheless, it appears the 2 are united towards the monolith that's Apple – which presently enjoys someplace within the neighborhood of 40% of the worldwide market. Samsung is in second, however even with Fitbit underneath its wing, Google’s nonetheless acquired a methods to go.
Samsung can even be exhibiting off improved growth instruments that make it simpler to create issues like watch faces for the platform.
Source : TechCrunch