Samsung might be pushing for the adoption of its own mobile and wearable operating system Tizen, but it’s also hoping to convince developers to unify the form factor and work together to build a better wearable future.
Highlighting that the reason PCs boomed so much in the 90s and 2000s, was because of common component sizes and form factors, Samsung said wearable developers should push for the same thing, that way startups and giant corporations can compete on a more even playing field. It also makes it easier for consumers who can interchange products more easily.It called for everything from physical wrist bands, to the operating system, to data collection principles to be standardised.
While the former two would make things easier for consumers, the third might be better for third party app developers as well in the long run, as it would allow them to draw consumers in based on their app’s quality, rather than need to find a way to make people want to start all over again with their data collection. If a user can simply bring their data with them when they switch, it would encourage people to move to wherever the best service is, rather than just stick with what they know.
Doing what every other developer that has ever called for a new standard has done, Samsung is hoping to begin the trend by using its own products as the new standard. Amidst calls for this levelling of the field, it’s also showing off early version so fits new Simband wristband and SAMI data services later this year.
No doubt it will also try and standardise its Tizen operating system as the one used by all wearable developers. If it were to help third parties utilise its more powerful features or give them free development licenses, then perhaps it could begin to set its own platform up as the one of choice, but it’s dicey. Google’s Android is already plenty powerful and has many, many supporting apps and developers, so it seems likely that apart from Apple’s own proprietary wearable products, Android will be the platform of choice.
Of course Samsung could try leading the way with its more open approach and remove some of its wearable restrictions. For example, it’s own smartwatches only work with Samsung phones. In comparison, Sony’s fitness band works with many different android devices.
If it wants to see a more standard, open future, Samsung will need to relinquish it’s hold over its own products first. Lead by example.[Cheers TopTechNews]