August 9, 2022
Google I/O 2021: Google, Samsung Team Up Combination of Wear OS and Tizen for Smartwatch OS

Google and Samsung said they are working on a joint software platform for smartwatches and other wearables, increasing competition with market leader Apple.

The move, announced at the Google Developer Conference in California, means Samsung will be using Google’s Wear OS instead of its own Tizen platform for its upcoming Galaxy smartwatches.

“We’re bringing the best of Wear and Tizen together into a single, unified platform,” said Google Wear project director Bjorn Kilburn.

“Working together we have been able to take the strengths of each and combine them into an experience that features faster performance, longer battery life and your favorite apps for the watch.”

The combination will allow all device markets to use the platform, creating an ecosystem that could challenge Apple, which is the market leader in the smartwatch segment by nearly a third, as Google rebrands its newly acquired wearable maker Fitbit. integrates.

Samsung vice president Janghyun Yoon said in a separate statement that the South Korean firm “continues to innovate to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers,” adding, “That’s why we decided to team up with Google… our platforms together in one unified experience.”

The announcement came at Google’s annual developer conference, which was held online for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At the event, Google unveiled a series of updates and upgrades to its services, including Maps, Search, Shopping and Photos, giving a preview of its ongoing research projects.

Google offered a glimpse of its planned AI search tool, which aims to deploy more complex functions in multiple languages.

With the so-called multitask unified model, “we are able to better understand much more complex queries and needs,” said senior vice president Prabhakar Raghavan, noting that it can be used “in 75 different languages ​​and many different tasks simultaneously.” is trained, allowing it to develop a more comprehensive understanding of information and world knowledge than previous models.”

Google released a trial version of Android 12, updating the mobile system used by some three billion devices, with increased privacy controls and personalization.

The tech giant also unveiled its new Quantum AI campus in Santa Barbara, California that will conduct research in the emerging field of quantum computing and develop its own quantum processor chips.

Chief Executive Sundar Pichai announced an emphasis on geothermal energy as part of Google’s continuing efforts. This will include the installation of a geothermal-powered data center in Nevada and the “largest geothermal stacking system in North America” ​​at its new California campus.

“We need to go beyond wind and solar and tap into sources of on-demand obvious energy, such as geothermal,” Pichai said.

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