Rumors of Samsung replacing Tizen with Wear OS for its next Galaxy Watch certainly came out of nowhere. For years, the company had been pretty adamant about proving that it didn’t need to rely on Google for everything. Samsung made the switch from Google’s software to its own Tizen-based OS back in 2014 and hasn’t looked back… until now, it seems.
A developer known as ivan_meler spoke to XDA Developers about what he believes is code that references Samsung’s upcoming Wear OS Galaxy Watch. It was discovered in source code for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Exynos version, and references the device which is reportedly known internally as “Merlot”: