Samsung is ditching Tizen on its watches
Do you like your Samsung Galaxy Watch and thin them for their long battery life and the smooth interface of the Tizen system on which they are based? Then take care of your devices and wear them as long as possible, because the time of Tizen in Samsung watches is coming to an end. And since Samsung is – as far as I know – the only manufacturer basing smartwatches on Tizen, so in general the time of Tizen in watches is coming to an end. Samsung officially announced, in cooperation with Google, that the next lines of smartwatches from the Galaxy line will be equipped with Google WearOS (modified Android for watches) with Samsung’s OneUI overlay.
The reasons for this decision were not specified, but for any observer of the consumer electronics market they are clear – the mobile payment system. Samsung has failed to break through with its own Samsung Pay payment system, while Google has the widespread and popular Google Pay. So if you have a smartwatch app only for Tizen, the conclusion is simple – it’s time to develop a version for WearOS if you care about growing your user base. And there is something to fight for – Tizen in the wearable version was one of the most popular operating systems in the smartwatch market. Currently, the largest share has watchOS (Apple Watch) – 40% of the market – and just Tizen (Samsung watches) – 25-30% of the market. Watches with WearOS are only about 5% of the market. Thanks to Samsung’s move it should be assumed that the share of WearOS will increase significantly, although probably some users will switch to Apple devices.
Tizen, of course, will continue to reign on the TV market. In the case of Smart TV it is in first place – it has 50% of the market, followed by Android TV – 25%. So when planning an app for your TV you can’t ignore both systems, but Tizen TV remains the first choice.