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MWC: Samsung releases SDKs for Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 smartwatch

To bring a broader range of apps on board
Thu Feb 27 2014, 09:53

SAMSUNG HAS RELEASED software development kits (SDKs) for the Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear 2 smartwatches, which were unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

Samsung released the SDKs to bring on board as many diverse apps as possible following its latest flagship smartphone and smartwatch launches earlier this week.

As well as giving these SDKs to developers, Samsung also introduced a Gear Fit SDK that it hopes will "highlight the potential for wearable apps development".

Samsung president and head of its Media Solution Centre, Dr Won-Pyo Hong, said the release of the SDKs show how the firm will continue to provide more SDKs for its mobile devices while "maintaining collaborative relationships with development partners to present unique and unprecedented content and services to our customers".

Samsung also introduced an upgraded Samsung Mobile SDK 1.5 with finger-scanning technology and support for the motion detection function included in the Galaxy S5, as well as multi-screen technology for developing apps that can operate simultaneously on smart TV and mobile devices.

It also presented the S Health SDK to developer partners. S Health, Samsung's personalised app that uses health information accumulated through sensors, is available on various Samsung mobile devices.

Samsung unveiled the long anticipated Galaxy S5 at MWC on Monday, its latest flagship Android device that boasts a 5.1in HD display, a fingerprint scanner, a 16MP rear-facing camera and even a heart rate monitor.

It also announced two Gear smartwatches on Sunday. The Galaxy Gear 2 offers a number of improvements on the original Samsung Galaxy Gear. The first of these is Tizen, with Samsung dumping Google's Android mobile operating system in favour of its own open-source alternative. This should, according to the firm, make the latest Gear devices nippier than the original model.

Samsung's release of SDKs for these devices should see a number of apps appear to help distinguish them from rivals such as the Apple iPhone 5S and the Sony Smartwatch 2. µ


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