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Launching Tizen on Samsung's newest smartwatch could help the company avoid the app and carrier problems that often plague new operating systems.
The Opera browser will let you surf the web from the smartwatch and has finger-friendly features that should work well on smaller screens.
Samsung's connected home tech will shortly be getting a boost, the South Korean tech giant has promised, with a software development kit due later this year.
After launching the smartwatch last year using Google's Android, Samsung makes its own OS available for the device.
Google's Android Wear software is being used to power the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, available for order today, and the Moto 360 due later in the summer.
The wearable will be one of several new devices built around Google software, sources tell CNET. LG and Motorola are also expected to show off new gadgets.
Company has been pushing the open-source OS -- an Android alternative -- in everything from wearables to TVs.
The Korean electronics giant will show the phone at the Tizen Developer Conference, taking place this week in San Francisco.
A new software update for the first-generation Samsung smartwatch removes all traces of Android in favor of the company's in-house OS.
Samsung may have a fully stand-alone smartwatch-phone ready by the summer, joining its existing family of Gears.