Would you buy a Galaxy Watch running Wear OS?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (Image credit: Hayato Huseman / Android Central)

2021 could prove to be a pretty interesting year for smartwatches. A rumor from Samsung leaker Ice Universe has suggested that Samsung's next wearable will ditch the company's own Tizen operating system in favor of Google's Wear OS.

A move like this would be massive for Android smartwatches. Wear OS certainly has the upper-hand when it comes to things like app support and its Google Assistant integration, but there are still plenty of things that Tizen continues to be better at.

Some of our AC forum members recently shared their thoughts on this news, saying:

Just read the rumour that Samsung's next smartwatch is going to be running Android Wear OS! it's been tweeted by IceUniverse and reported on SamMobile! Hope this doesn't mean they ditch us Samsung Watch 3 owners and at least let us update to Wear OS or that will be me done with Samsung!


Samsung has had Wear OS (Watch Live) and the Galaxy Gear out at the same time. It might just be to satisfy that part of the market that wants an Android watch.


I would have loved a Samsung Android watch. In the end I didn't find what I needed and bought an Apple Watch Series 6

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I'm waiting on delivery of GW3 I ordered on 2/13, delayed due to weather. Not sure what effect this news will have, guess it's a wait and see. Personally, I'd prefer they get rid of Tizen as well as all the bloatware.


This got us wondering — Would you buy a Galaxy Watch running Wear OS?

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Not sure how many people realize that for Android smartwatches, Tizen = speed, responsiveness and battery life. I'm not willing to give any of those up for Android Wear. My GWA2 does everything I need it to, and it's a joy to use.
  • Tizen or Exynos? The main thing holding wear OS back is Qualcomm.
  • And Google.....
    Wear os is stagnated.
  • Good point. Tizen AND Exynos 😉
  • I get 2 1/2 days on my GWA2 from a single charge. My Wear os watches, lucky to get 8 hours...
  • Nope, I had The First huawei with wear Os and it was nice but the pain in the ass to recharge every night. I Bought the Huawei GT2 , half the price 14 days worth of battery and does everything I use to do with the wear OS. So HELL NO
  • The answer is NO, wear OS is horrible compared to Tizen. I will be done and move on to something else or just wear old Samsung watches or Fitbit.
  • If is has always-on and great battery then it’s a must. Google and Samsung has to figure out a way to do this.