HARDWARE MAKER Samsung has announced that the Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches is now available.
The SDK is available for download from the Tizen Developer website, providing tools for a variety of applications to be developed for Samsung wearable devices by the active Tizen app developer community.
Samsung Gear 2 apps that are available already include Atooma, Banjo, Dacadoo, EasilyDo, Feedly, Focus TRAINR, Glympse, iHeartRadio, iwunta Life360, Runtastic, Sleep Genius, Spritz, Strava, Vivino, as well as better known services like CNN, Conde Nast, eBay and Expedia.
Samsung announced the Gear 2 software development kit at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February along with SDKs for its Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone and the Gear Fit.
At the time, Samsung president and head of its Media Solution Centre, Dr Won-Pyo Hong, said the release of the SDKs showed 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 unveiled the Gear 2 and the cheaper Gear 2 Neo smartwatches ahead of MWC as the sequels to its original Galaxy Gear smartwatch that struggled to impress us due to its poor battery life and bulky design. Samsung hopes to have fixed those problems with the Gear 2, and the firm has tarted up the wearable's design, added some new features such as an upgraded screen and repositioned camera.
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