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Samsung Tizen SDK released for Gear 2 and Gear Neo

Samsung has now officially released the first version of its Tizen wearable SDK to all interested developers.
March 17, 2014
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Samsung has now released their first SDK for the Gear 2 and Gear Neo, alongside more information about the apps that will run on the device from day-one.

In addition to upgraded hardware and the lack of Galaxy branding, one of the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo’s biggest changes over the first-gen hardware has to do with the OS running inside of it. No longer does the Gear series rely on the power of Android, and instead the Neo and Gear 2 utilize the Samsung-backed Tizen OS.

The new OS promises improved battery life and overall better performance on a smartwatch than Android was able to offer. Of course, it also means quite a few changes for developers, as Tizen is a different animal from Android.

One of the weaknesses of the original Gear was a lack of apps, so can the Tizen-based smartwatches bring in a wider level of developer support? Although this remains unseen, it’s worth noting that over 23 apps will reportedly be up and running on the Gear 2 from the get-go including some of the following: iHeartRadio, Focus TRAINR, Feedly, Banjo, Expedia and Ebay.

This is certainly a good start, but to help further the effort Samsung has now officially released the first version of its Tizen wearable SDK to all developers. The SDK has versions that work on Windows, Mac and Linux (Ubuntu is specifically mentioned).

For more details on the SDK, you’ll want to check out Samsung’s official SDK guide. For end-users simply looking to learn more about the Samsung Gear 2, be sure to check out our first impressions of the device.

What do you think, does the Tizen-based Gear 2 have a chance of making a bigger impact on the wearable market than the first-gen model? Let us know what you think in the comments below!