It is rumored that Samsung is making two versions of its Android Wear smartwatch: One with chips developed in-house, and another with Qualcomm’s chips (This is similar to how Samsung’s Galaxy phones come in Exynos, which is Samsung’s own and Qualcomm variants). It isn’t known which variant will be showcased at I/O.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise as Samsung already has its own line of smartwatches (Galaxy Gear, anyone), where it has ditched Android in favor of Tizen as the preferred Operating System. It seems that Samsung wants a piece of the Android Wear pie and so is exploring with it.
Samsung is joining Motorola and LG in the list of the known Android Wear partners. It is possible that more partners will be announced at Google I/O.
Android Wear is Google’s Android optimized for Wearables, with an emphasis on context based notifications, Google Now-esque. It gives you the right information in the form of cards, at the right place at the right time.