Samsung’s return to an Android-based operating system for its smartwatches is coming later this year, with Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Active set to run Wear OS instead of Samsung Tizen OS, and Samsung he now wants owners of his first Android watch to switch to Tizen as he moves to Wear OS.
So, as it moves to Wear OS, Samsung wants owners of its first Android watch to move to Tizen, and that move will, among other things, bring much-needed access to a wider selection of apps for Samsung’s smartwatches, but the company won’t switch from existing watches running Tizen to the Wear OS, a move that has drawn criticism from some of its diehard fans.
There are no more apps to continue using Android on your Galaxy Gear, and this is in stark contrast to what Samsung did when it switched from Android to Tizen for its smartwatches. The first Galaxy smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, which ran a custom version of Android, received an update from Tizen.
And, well, Samsung thinks customers who still have that watch have had enough time to switch their operating system, and will require them to upgrade their watch to Tizen in order to continue using the Galaxy Store to download applications, and at the same time, it will return to Android with its new clocks.
On Aug. 5, Samsung will no longer support the Galaxy Store on Galaxy Gear, meaning apps and other services will no longer be active. However, Samsung says customers can upgrade to Tizen to continue using the Galaxy Store. It’s hard to say how many people will still be using a Galaxy Gear – which came out in 2013 – and haven’t installed the Tizen OS update over all these years, but the number is clearly not zero or Samsung wouldn’t be making this announcement, all those years later.
If you have a Galaxy Gear and update it to Tizen, your watch will reset and all your data removed, so if you took any secret photos or videos with your camera, you may need to back them up before performing the update. Some apps will also not be available or will work after installing Tizen, which is one of the main reasons why Samsung is returning to Android in the first place.