That Samsung Wear OS smartwatch? It might not happen after all

But there's still a glimmer of hope
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Just a few days ago, we reported on word that some Samsung employees had been spotted wearing Samsung Gear smartwatches loaded with Google's Wear OS. These days, Samsung runs its own Tizen operating system on its watches, so cue speculation that a Samsung Wear OS watch was headed our way.

As it turns out, that's probably not the case. Evan Blass, who revealed the above news, has now come back with an update: those watches were one-offs made for a few employees.

So despite hopes that Samsung was in the midst of testing Wear OS on its own hardware, it appears that wasn't the case. So as you were? Well not entirely.

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The plot thickens a little here because Blass wasn't the only one whipping up speculation of a Wear OS Gear watch. In fact, before Blass tweeted, Chinese tech leaker Ice Universe claimed that Samsung is working on a Wear OS smartwatch for the second half of 2018.

So yes, it could still be on the cards. Our take? With rumors of a Google Pixel smartwatch popping up later in the year, and Google's tendency to lean on other hardware makers to help build its devices, it would be no surprise if Samsung is somehow involved.

Or maybe Samsung is just going to launch a Wear OS-running watch of its own. Save for the 2014 Gear Live, it's steered away from Google's platform. We can't see it ditching Tizen - it's really good on smartwatches - but it's feasible it could offer a Wear OS option alongside.

Samsung's holding an event for the Note 9 smartphone on 9 August, so keep your eyes peeled then. Otherwise, all focus is on IFA later that month.

That Samsung Wear OS smartwatch? It might not happen after all

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Hugh Langley


Now at Business Insider, Hugh originally joined Wareable from TechRadar where he’d been writing news, features, reviews and just about everything else you can think of for three years.

Hugh is now a correspondent at Business Insider.

Prior to Wareable, Hugh freelanced while studying, writing about bad indie bands and slightly better movies. He found his way into tech journalism at the beginning of the wearables boom, when everyone was talking about Google Glass and the Oculus Rift was merely a Kickstarter campaign - and has been fascinated ever since.

He’s particularly interested in VR and any fitness tech that will help him (eventually) get back into shape. Hugh has also written for T3, Wired, Total Film, Little White Lies and China Daily.

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