Samsung Android Wear Smartwatch To Be Unveiled At Google I/O, According To Report

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jun 22, 2014 07:45 PM EDT
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Reports of a new Samsung wearable have surfaced, suggesting that an Android Wear smartwatch will be unveiled at Google I/O.

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The news comes from CNET, who cites sources familiar with the plans. Android Wear is Google's operating system for wearable devices, and would represent a shift from Samsung using its own software.

The sources say Samsung is working on two models: one using its own chips, and another with Qualcomm processors, though it's unclear which would be unveiled at I/O. Samsung have already pushed into the smartwatch market several times with different devices, such as the Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear Fit.

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LG is also expected to reveal an Android Wear device at the event, and it is speculated that Motorola could debut its first wearable as well. Google I/O is the company's annual event for developers, expected to draw a crowd of around 6,000 when it kicks off on June 25 in San Francisco. CNET states that one source said attendees may even be given Samsung's Android Wear device.

Samsung has deployed both its own software, Tizen, and the non-wearable-specific Android mobile operating system for its past devices. None have truly taken off commercially, and this change to Android Wear will allow the company to see if one OS is preferred by consumers over another. It's difficult to ascertain, as the hardware and marketing will play a large role in the success, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Android Wear became a standard moving forward.

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