It seems Samsung is changing gears when it comes to its choice of operating system for its wearables. Earlier on Thursday, Samsung was rumoured to soon release its alleged Google Glass competitor
, believed to be dubbed Gear Glass, based on the Tizen OS, much like the second generation Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wearable devices
announced this year.
Now, a Samsung spokesperson has confirmed to TechRadar that the Android OS in the company's first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, will be stripped off and will be reloaded with Tizen. Unfortunately, the South Korean giant did not share any details about the schedule of the update release.
In addition, Sammobile has posted images of the Samsung Galaxy Gear running Tizen OS from a test build for the smartwatch.
According to Sammobile, the Galaxy Gear post the Tizen OS update will be able to track sleep patterns of the users, while using the Sleep mode, while it can also track workouts in Exercise mode. Samsung is also said to add a standalone music player.
It's worth noting that Samsung recently in an attempt to lure developers, offered a $1.25 million prize for its Gear App Challenge.
For those unaware, the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo come with heart rate sensors, pedometers and various tools to measure exercise, sleep and stress levels.
The Samsung Gear 2 features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, a 2-megapixel autofocus camera and sports a metal body. The Gear 2 is dust and water resistant (IP67 certified). The Samsung Gear 2 Neo, like the Gear 2, features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display. It does not come with a camera.