Back in May this year, reputed tipster Evan Blass shared that Gear smartwatches running Wear OS were spotted on the wrists of Samsung employees. This fueled rumors of Samsung turning to Google’s platform for its future smartwatches.
However, a few weeks later, Blass updated that the wearables spotted earlier were just one-offs made by Google, effectively pouring cold water on speculations.
However now, it looks like Samsung may have Wear OS plans for its smartwatches after all. According to Ice Universe (who has a solid track record when it comes to Samsung-related leaks), the device will likely carry the ‘Galaxy Watch’ moniker.
About Gear S4 (probably called Galaxy Watch) Based on Android Wear, 470mAh battery, PLP package, it is expected to have new UX interaction and blood pressure measurement.
Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 6, 2018
The naming convention falls inline with Samsung’s use of ‘Galaxy’ moniker with its Android-powered devices. The leakster further reveals the watch is expected to feature blood pressure measurement (the company already has a patent for blood pressure tracking on smartwatch.)
The tweet also mentions PLP package. For starters, PLP stands for Panel Level Package, and is a technology aimed at making processor slimmer and cheaper. Other features the tipster revealed include new UX interaction and 470mAh battery.
If you remember, there were rumors last month that the Gear S4 will feature PLP, and will pack in a significant larger battery than its predecessor. So it’s likely – and as Ice Universe’s tweet also says – that it’s the upcoming Gear S4 that will be Wear OS-powered.
Needless to say, none of this is officially confirmed yet, so take it with a pinch of salt. As for availability, the Gear S4 is said to be arriving along with Note9 on August 9.