A year ago at Google I/O, I had the opportunity to be part of the announcement of the new Wear OS platform – a platform that combines Google’s capabilities with Samsung’s software and hardware expertise. This was the next step in the long-standing partnership between Google and Samsung.
Both companies have taken a big step with the release of Wear OS Powered by Samsung for the Galaxy Watch4 series; a step that was only possible because both partners were driven by the same goals. Even before merging our Tizen-based software with Wear OS, it was clear that we wanted to make improvements in the overall user experience. It still enables a wide range of features, such as the Watch Face Studio, which can support both users and designers in creating their own watch faces easily and intuitively.
Now we want to further advance the best of our partnership and strive together to create smart experiences for Samsung Galaxy users. Wear OS serves as a great example of the value of our partnership. I don’t think it’s presumptuous to call Wear OS a success – after all, there are currently significantly more Wear OS devices than last year.
A unified platform for individual preferences
As a leader in wearables, Samsung understands the importance of merging the wearable user experience with the broader Android community. As we develop our user experiences, we actively collect feedback from our community to implement changes designed to improve users’ everyday lives. Thanks to Wear OS, Android developers can now transfer app code from the smartphone and thus develop Wear OS compatible apps. When users download a Wear OS compatible app from the Google Play Store, they have the option to install that app directly on their Galaxy Watch as well.
Samsung Galaxy users were the first to experience our latest features and platform. This resulted in our most important wearable release to date: the Galaxy Watch4 series. Our goal is to enable users to not only enjoy their wearables; They should also be empowered and encouraged to make changes that can have a positive impact on their overall well-being. Health Connect is the result of our pursuit of a holistic approach to offer our users solutions for this.
The expansion of the Android ecosystem
As we celebrate the first anniversary of our strong partnership, we are once again expanding our ecosystem to include additional experiences for Galaxy Watch4 users. I am pleased to announce that Galaxy Watch4 users can now add the Google Assistant to their device. This enables even faster and more intuitive language situations. Quick answers and help are easily possible.
We are also adapting the functionality of our third-party partners. Users will soon be able to use the Spotify app with voice commands and thus be able to switch back and forth between their favorite songs. But that’s not all: In the course of the year we plan to adapt further apps and services for the use of the Galaxy Watches in order to continue to enable an all-round successful user experience of wearables with Android devices.
We’ve just scratched the surface of what’s possible thanks to the partnership with Google and what we want to offer users in the future. Galaxy Watch series devices are already loved by Android smartphone users thanks to our design, rich Watch Face ecosystem and holistic approach to their own well-being. I can’t wait to bring you the next wave of ecosystem features we’re working on for the series. Look forward to upcoming, exciting news!
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