If you are, have no fear. Despite the merging of the Wear OS and Tizen OS smartwatch platforms into a single unified OS, Samsung has announced that it will provide “at least” three years’ worth of software support after the “product launch”.
This is good news for the owners of Galaxy Watches that run on the Tizen OS, after all, no one wants their recently bought smartwatch to turn into a paperweight. Three years of software updates mean that the Galaxy Watch 2 has around a year’s worth of support left, and the Galaxy Watch 3 has 2 years. The original Galaxy Watch will turn three in August which means that it may well be cut off from further major updates to the Tizen OS.
“Our hope is that this platform will ignite innovation in spaces like the Galaxy Watch Studio and inspire third party development, bringing a bigger and better network of apps to benefit Galaxy users around the world. This is the chance for developers to take advantage of Samsung’s powerful network of connected devices and the growing set of global Galaxy smartwatch fans.”
One thing that won’t be happening is a similar scenario as what happened when Samsung switched from Android Wear to Tizen OS for its smartwatches, with the Korean company saying that it will not update current devices to the unified platform that is tentatively called ‘Wear’. And, in case you were wondering, the fitness tracking will be handled by Google Fit and not the Samsung Health app.