We’ve known since the initial announcement of Android Wear that Samsung was an Android Wear ecosystem partner, however we haven’t heard any official statements coming from the South Korean company on the matter since. Other OEMs such as Motorola and LG have made their plans known publicly, Motorola with their upcoming Moto 360 and LG with their G Watch.
According to CNET, Samsung is set to launch an Android Wear powered smartwatch next week at Google I/O along with Motorola and LG. CNET’s sources tell us that two models are being developed, one with Samsung’s own processor and one with a Qualcomm processor – only one of the two will be on display in a matter of days.
We know that Samsung was recently pursuing a trademark on the name Galaxy Wear. Additionally, a slightly smaller smartwatch from Samsung recently passed through the FCC bearing the model number SM-R382. According to FCC documents, this smartwatch comes equipped Bluetooth, WiFi, and is 13mm shorter than the Gear 2, which is 37.9mm x 58.8mm in size. This unannounced device could be Samsung’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch.
Of course, the above could all be wrong and Samsung could announce some sort of retrofitted Gear 2 running Android Wear instead of Tizen. Thankfully Google IO is just around the corner to set us straight.
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