Google’s Smartwatch Programme Is a Mess, and a Name Change Won’t Fix That

Recently, Google announced it would rename its four-year-old smartwatch operating system from Android Wear to Wear OS. Ostensibly, the purpose of this rebranding is to prevent scaring off iPhone owners from purchasing smartwatches running Android Wear, which for a long time has supported pairing with both Android and iOS devices. As Google puts it, Wear OS is “a wearables operating system for everyone.” Read More >>

Samsung’s Gear Sport Is Easier to Use Than the Apple Watch, But Where Are my Damn Apps?

The Apple Watch might be the most popular smartwatch, but its controls and interface don’t hold a candle to what you get on Samsung’s watches. The problem is that because Samsung has been trying to start its own watch ecosystem with Tizen OS, its watches never received the rabid support that Apple’s got from day one. But with new partnerships with some of the biggest workout app makers around and a tighter focus on fitness, it feels like Samsung and the new Gear Sport could be inching its way towards a critical mass. Read More >>

The New Gear S2 Doesn’t Sound Like an Apple Watch Killer

In a wearable preamble to the gadget onslaught that will flood Berlin this week, Samsung’s just outed its latest attempt to win over your wrist-puter heart. It’s the Gear S2, an update to last year’s Galaxy Gear S, which was just too weird to love. Read More >>

Overkill Alert: Samsung’s Next Smartwatch Might Have an Eight-Core Processor

As a device intended to supplement a smartphone, you'd be right in thinking a smartwatch doesn't need to be all that powerful to get its job done. It seems Samsung didn't get the memo though: according to Sammobile, it's popping the very same processor that you'd find in its new Samsung Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone inside its next smartwatch. Read More >>

This is Samsung’s First Tizen Phone

After many promises and false starts, Samsung has finally created its first smartphone to run Tizen, which is an open-source Linux-based operating system, still in its relative infancy. Say hello to the Z1, which goes on sale today (in, err, India). Read More >>

Samsung Chooses Tizen to Power its 2015 Smart TVs

Samsung has announced that all of its forthcoming smart TVs will run on a version of Tizen, the smartphone OS it's entirely coincidentally had quite a large hand in developing. Read More >>

Samsung’s First Tizen Telephone Looks Tepid

We've waited what feels like an eternity for Samsung to finally put out its long-gestating first Tizen phone. Its own operating system (and a chance for the company's phone division to no longer need to be beholden to Google and Android) it's now looking likely that January will see the release of the company's first homegrown hardware/platform double whammy. Read More >>

Specs Suggest Samsung’s Next Tizen Phone is a Low-Spec Clunker

Some tech specs supposedly from Samsung's second Tizen smartphone have appeared, suggesting it's going to be some sort of budget model for, ahem, developing markets, rather than a high-end Galaxy rival. Read More >>

Opera Mini Browser Wants to Make the Internet Work on Samsung’s Gear S

Owners of Samsung's most recent attempt at doing a smartwatch will soon have access to a full web browser, thanks to Opera putting together a version of its mobile-themed Opera Mini browser for the device's Tizen OS -- and releasing it exclusively via Samsung's own app store. Read More >>

Samsung’s Gear S Smartwatch Has its Own 3G Connection for Tizen-Powered Notifications

Your usual smartwatches are all fine and dandy, but separate them from a paired smartphone and they're only as useful as a standard wristwatch with a couple of hours battery. Few have their own cellular connection with which to pull in data and notifications, making them all but useless without a phone to support them. Samsung's latest wearable effort, the Gear S, bucks that trend by having its own 3G connection. Read More >>

Samsung Has Finally Pushed its Tizen Phone Out of the Door

Samsung's been playing with its Tizen operating system for some time now, looking for a way to break free of the Google ties it relies on for its Android Galaxy smartphone successes. The OS recently wormed its way into the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch, and now, after a long development period, there's a Tizen phone too -- the Samsung Z. Read More >>

What is Tizen?

This year, Samsung will sell (at least) two phones and a watch that don't run Android. Instead, they'll run something called Tizen. That's a major departure for such an important player in the smartphone game. But what is Tizen? And will you actually want to use it? Read More >>

Samsung’s Android Escape Plan, and What it Means for You

On the surface, there's not a whole lot that's new about Samsung's Galaxy Gear 2. It's very much take two of a product that wasn't that great on the first go-round. But underneath, the Gear 2 isn't just another gadget; it's a defiant shot across Google's bow; a trial run where Samsung can practice seceding from the world of Android. Read More >>

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Samsung Knows its Mobile Software is “Not as Good” as its Hardware

Samsung's CEO Kwon Oh-hyun has acknowledged what smartphone users have been saying for years, accepting that Samsung's software efforts don't really match up to the leading-edge hardware it produces. Read More >>