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Galaxy Watch announcement expected on August 9, 2018

Samsung Galaxy UNPACKED date 09.08.2018
Andy Makarevych

Be prepared to be blown away by the Galaxy Watch, Samsung’s coming Gear S3 successor.

It looks like the long wait will be over very soon, in about a month. All the official and leaked evidence point to this: Samsung will follow it’s release pattern and announce Galaxy Watch in August, followed by the official release two months later. The most probable date is 2018-08-09 on the Samsung event called Galaxy UNPACKED. The event will be streamed online starting at 11 AM EST, sing up here (scroll to page bottom): https://www.samsung.com/us/

Here is what we expect Galaxy Watch to be

1. New name
Confirmed by the newly leaked logo pictures showing the “Samsung Galaxy Watch” name:

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch logo

2. Wear OS, no more Tizen

Well Tizen, it was nice knowing you. If the leaked bootloader pictures are real, Samsung decided in favor of Wear OS, against Tizen. The move is not new, Samsung experimented with Android Wear in its Gear Live model about 4 years ago. And the recent Android Go news confirm that Samsung abandoned plans to replace Google software with it’s own.

3. S Voice replaced by Bixby
According to the SamMobile information, Samsung ditches its S Voice in favor of Bixby. To be honest, S Voice never worked well for me. It reacted to the wrong keywords and had problems recognizing me as soon as any background noise was present. Let’s hope Bixby will do a better job!

4. Better battery
The battery rumored to have about 100mAh more capacity.

There are many more rumors and supposed leaks floating around the net right now, but they sound more like speculations to us.

And before we see our beloved smartwatch losing its Gear part, lets take a look back and remember all the Gears Samsung released in the last five years.

Samsung Gear Timeline

Samsung Galaxy Gear
Announced/Released: 2013-09
OS: Android (Tizen-Upgrade available)
RAM/Storage: 512MB / 4GB

Samsung Gear 2
Samsung Gear 2 Neo
Announced/Released: 2014-02 / 2014-04
OS: Tizen
RAM/Storage: 512MB / 4GB

Samsung Gear Fit
Announced/Released: 2014-04
OS: Custom real-time OS
RAM/Storage: 512MB / 4GB

Samsung Gear Live
Announced/Released: 2014-06
OS: Android Wear
RAM/Storage: 512MB / 4GB

Samsung Gear S
Announced/Released: 2014-08 / 2014-11
OS: Tizen
RAM/Storage: 512MB / 4GB

Samsung Gear S2
Announced/Released: 2015-10
OS: Tizen
RAM/Storage: 512MB / 4GB

Samsung Gear Fit 2
Announced/Released: 2016-06
OS: Custom real-time OS
RAM/Storage: 512MB / 4GB

Samsung Gear S3 Classic
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
Announced/Released: 2016-08 / 2016-11
OS: Tizen
RAM/Storage: 768MB / 4GB

Samsung Gear Sport
Announced/Released: 2017-08 / 2017-10
OS: Tizen
RAM/Storage: 768MB / 4GB

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
Announced/Released: 2017-08 / 2017-10
OS: Tizen
RAM/Storage: 512MB / 4GB


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