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Google bringing another threat to Samsung and it’s not the foldable phone

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Google is reportedly bringing another threat to Samsung in the form of its next wearable device. Instead of Fitbit’s two-year refresh policy, Google is preparing to launch the Pixel Watch 2 along with the Pixel 8 series later this year, which could eat sales of Samsung smartwatches.

As per 9to5Google, Google Pixel Watch 2 is currently scheduled to launch alongside the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, which will rival Samsung 2023 smartwatch lineup. It took several years of Google to officially introduce the Pixel Watch’s first generation, while the Pixel Watch 2 is not delaying such long.

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Samsung, on the other hand, is scheduled to unveil the Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic in late July. Alongside the new watches, the company will unveil its next-gen foldable smartphones – Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5.

Notably, Google is also joining the race in the foldable segment by launching its first product – Pixel Fold. This phone is inspired by all the current foldable phones in the market such as Oppo Find N2 for design and Galaxy Z Fold 4 for technologies and innovations.

Google Pixel Watch

During I/O 2023 on May 10, Google may tease the Pixel 8 series smartphones, and there’s a little possibility of the Pixel Watch 2. The design is likely to remain the same as the current smartwatch, while the company may focus on upgrading hardware elements and software experience.

Pixel Watch runs Wear OS and Google continues to improve the experience with better support for apps and the addition of new features to the wearable platform. It also benefits the Galaxy Watch launched after 2021 as they are also equipped with Wear OS-based One UI Watch.

Also read | Samsung launches One UI 5 Watch for Galaxy smartwatches with new features

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Google launches Wear OS 5 Developer Preview, new Watch Face Format

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Google today launched Wear OS 5 Developer Preview and more related updates.

Upcoming Samsung Galaxy smartwatches will be shipped with the Wear OS 5-based One UI Watch operating system. The company is also developing this new OS for current eligible models such as the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic.

Google released the Developer Preview of Wear OS 5. The company also confirmed that the next version of its smartwatch platform is powered by the latest Android 14 and is scheduled to arrive later this year.

Wear OS 5 brings performance improvements over Wear OS 4. Tracking your workout is now more efficient; for example, running a marathon consumes up to 20% less power on Wear OS 5 than on Wear OS 4.

Google Wear OS 5

Watch Face Format

Debuted with Wear OS 4 last year, the Watch Face Format is also upgrading with Wear OS 5. The company also teased some changes to existing watch face development using Jetpack Watch Face APIs.

Google is restricting complications for watch faces built with AndroidX or the Wearable Support Library that will apply to some data sources besides Google Play publishing limitations to new watch faces built with these libraries.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch FE WiFi, LTE coming in hot

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Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy Watch FE in the near future. Earlier, the LTE version’s existence was confirmed in the software database. Now, the WiFi version’s software listing confirmed that Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy Watch FE in two versions.

Folks over at AndroidHeadlines discovered Galaxy Watch FE WiFi software on the Samsung OTA server. The OTA database confirmed that the affordable smartwatch will be launched in at least South Korean, European, and Turkish markets apart from the US.

The company will likely follow the same launch strategy as regular variants. The cheaper smartwatch model will also be available in both LTE (cellular) and Bluetooth + WiFi-only variants. It is said to share most of the hardware specs with the Galaxy Watch 4.

Samsung Galaxy Watch FE Wi-Fi

As a refresh, Samsung may bring it to the market with the chipset used in the Galaxy Watch 5. The latest iteration of Wear OS-based One UI Watch will also likely be employed. Meanwhile, the company hasn’t officially confirmed the launch of the new wearable.

Apart from this, the Galaxy Watch 7 series will most likely launch in July 2024. The Korean tech giant is preparing to hold a mega Unpacked event on July 10 to introduce new foldable smartphones, new smartwatches, a new kind of wearable – Galaxy Ring, and more.

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Roaring HarmonyOS watch growth is potential threat to Wear OS, Samsung!

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Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

Huawei’s HarmonyOS smartwatch is growing quite fast in China. Counterpoint Research, in its latest report, predicts that Huawei smartwatch sales will further grow in the country, seizing a whopping 61% market share in 2024, up from 48% last year.

Whenever Huawei grows, it comes as a red alert for global tech titans like Apple and Samsung. As the company now has its own operating system, Google is also on the list of affected vendors. HarmonyOS is also aiming to cross China’s boundaries right after reaching the app ecosystem milestone.

Samsung and Google’s collaboration continues to benefit the Wear OS ecosystem. Whether it’s Watch OS Format or third-party app support, both companies are effectively investing in the ecosystem. Meanwhile, Huawei’s growth in Europe would hurt Samsung, Apple and Google too.

Huawei’s HarmonyOS-powered smartwatches are popular in China. Local consumers who don’t prefer Apple’s watchOS opt for HarmonyOS watch rather than Google’s Wear OS. Apart from innovations, this growth is powered by the sentiments of Chinese citizens.

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

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Last year, the overall HarmonyOS shipments grew almost 2x, surpassing Apple’s WatchOS. HarmonyOS’ shipment share is further estimated to reach 61% in China in 2024, up from 48% in 2023, Counterpoint Research report highlights.

The report predicts growth for the entire smartwatch ecosystem including Wear OS and WatchOS. However, Huawei’s resurgence is a potential threat to Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Galaxy Watch segment – the same way as HarmonyOS Vs Android smartphones.

Huawei is pushing the boundaries of innovation with next-gen features in wearables. The company’s recent smartwatch offers a satellite SOS feature, which is one of its kind in the industry. At the same time, HarmonyOS is smart, smooth, and fluid that readily attracts users.

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