Samsung still uses Tizen OS to run many of its smart screens, but it also announced a large interactive display powered by Android 13 called WAD in partnership with Google.
Available in 65-inch, 75-inch, and 86-inch models, this display is aimed at educational institutions that combine an interactive classroom experience with a set of educational tools.
Because it runs Android, users can install apps through Google Play and access Google education services like Google Classroom and Google Drive. WAD also comes with a device management solution (DMS) and advanced messaging for remote monitoring and control of classroom displays, so you can use the displays to send messages across campus, classrooms, and public spaces.
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Samsung says the WAD series has enhanced protection against electrical surges, with a 500V (DC) capacitor to instantly absorb high voltages and a glass-type fuse to prevent damage.
WAD displays also incorporate moisture-proof adhesives in critical areas of the chipset to withstand humid conditions. This feature allows the device to be used effectively even in areas with high humidity or rainfall.
The series includes optionally attachable Wi-Fi and a 3-in-1 USB-C port that can charge connected devices at up to 65W. There's also an HDMI output, front stereo speakers, pen holder, and handle.
Scott Porter, Google's managing director of Android Chrome Enterprise Partnerships, says he believes this is just the beginning. He said: “Through our partnership with Samsung Electronics, we are excited to offer more Android EDLA certified devices, expanding the reach of Android beyond consumers and into schools and businesses. We look forward to our continued partnership with Samsung to provide innovative display solutions for other sectors.”
No pricing or availability has been announced for the WAD series at this time.