It looks like the LG G Watch might not be the only Android Wear smartwatch that will make its debut (and possibly be given away to attendees) at Google I/O next week. According to a report published by CNET, Samsung is also preparing to launch its own take on a smartwatch running Android Wear rather than its own in-house OS Tizen at Google’s developer conference, which is set to kick off on June 25th.
CNET mentions that while details on the smartwatch are scarce, Samsung has developed variants with both its own Exynos and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip underneath, though it’s unclear which of the two variants will be shown off at I/O. A possible Android Wear smartwatch from Samsung, sporting model number SM-R382, visited the FCC recently, and a reveal at Google I/O would certainly be a good move for the company – it will be able to show that it’s still committed to the Android ecosystem, while also getting to launch the watch at an event that it doesn’t have to pay for out of its pocket.
Of course, there’s no guarantee Samsung will launch the Android Wear smartwatch so soon, especially with the Gear 2 having launched less than three months ago. We will just have to wait and see what happens, and whether we really will get to see both Korean companies reveal their watches at the same venue.