Google’s new Pixel ecosystem should look to Samsung for inspiration

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Opinion post by
Calvin Wankhede

From taking an ECG reading to measuring your blood pressure, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch lineup can do a lot more than most other Wear OS devices. But there’s a big catch — you can’t use these features without a Samsung smartphone. This isn’t just a one-off; it’s the same story everywhere you look in Samsung’s ecosystem.

Take Samsung’s Buds, for instance. Features like 360 Audio and the proprietary Scalable audio codec are exclusive to Samsung smartphones. The list extends to software too — Samsung Pay no longer works on third-party Android smartphones, and you can’t track down a SmartTag on non-Galaxy devices either.

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