Google I/O 2021: Google Announces Partnership With Samsung For Wearable Platforms

Google announced its partnership with Samsung for wearable platforms.

GOOGLE I/O 2021 — Google officially announced its partnership with Samsung for wearable platforms at the Google developer conference in California.

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Logo of Google (left) and Samsung (right)

According to Google and Samsung, they’re teaming up on a joint software platform for smartwatches and other wearable platforms in a move ramping up competition with Apple.

The said move means that Samsung will use Google’s WearOS for its upcoming Galaxy smartwatches instead of its own Tizen platform.

In a statement, Google Wear project director Bjorn Kilburn said that Google and Samsung were bringing the best of Tizen and Wear into a single and unified platform.

We’re bringing the best of Wear and Tizen into a single, unified platform. By working together we have been able to take strengths of each and combine them into an experience that has faster performance, longer battery life, and more of the apps you love available for the watch,” Kilburn said.

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The combination will then allow all device markets to use the said platform, creating an ecosystem that could challenge Apple as Google integrated its newly-acquired wearables maker Fitbit.

In a separate statement, Samsung Vice President Janghyun Yoon said that the South Korean company constantly pursued new ways in order to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers, adding that the company decided to team up with Google in order to “bring the best of our platforms together into one unified experience.”

The said announcement came at Google’s annual Google I/O developer conference held online for a second consecutive year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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