MWC: 1st Tizen powered wearable devices launched by Samsung

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo watches run an OS you thought was dead

Just ahead of the official opening of MWC Barcelona 2014, Samsung has released details of two new smartwatches – the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Samsung claims it continues to lead in the wearable technology market with innovative, creative devices. An obvious dig at the lack of any iWatch from Apple. Significantly, however, these new devices are are the first wearable devices powered by a Tizen based wearable platform. Those with long memories will recall that Tizen is the result of co-operating with Intel. The watches work with a “wider range of devices” but still only Samsung’s own hardware.

In reality, GoMo News is struggling to spot anything radically new about these watches which are still really peripherals rather than standalone devices.

The only exception here being a standalone music player- with Bluetooth headset support, which  means that even with no smartphone you can still listen to your music.

In line with current trends the watches offer offer personal fitness coaching in real time, so users can develop a customised fitness routine and monitor their heart rates.

This bit is puzzling us … through a ‘WatchON’ remote app along with an embedded IrLED sensor, it’s possible to control electronic products in your home, such as your TV and set-top box.

Does that only apply to Samsung based hardware , too? Who has a Samsung made set-top box in the UK, GoMo News wonders?

Simon Stanford, vp for the IT & mobile division with Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, commented,  “Offering extended connectivity features, stylish customisation options and a robust application network, we have enhanced everything that people love about the original Samsung Gear to create a second generation of wearable devices.”

We don’t think Apple will be too bothered by this announcement.

Incidentally, the original Press blurb added the popular Samsung brand ‘Galaxy’ to these devices probably out of force of habit. The term has now been quietly dropped.

Tech spec: Gear 2 & Gear 2 Neo

Display 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
AP 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
OS Tizen based wearable platform
Camera Gear 2 : 2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920×1080, 1080×1080, 1280×960)
Gear 2 Neo : N/A
Video Codec: H.264, H.263

Format: 3GP, MP4

HD(720p, @30fps) Playback & Recording

Audio Codec: MP3/AAC/AMR/Vorbis

Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG

Camera

Features

Auto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature
Additional

Features

Fitness Features:

1.       Heart Rate sensor

2.       Pedometer

3.       Exercise

Standalone Modes: Running, Walking

Companion Modes: Cycling, Hiking

4.       Sleep & Stress (Downloadable)

Music Player with Bluetooth® Headset and Speaker
WatchON Remote: Remote Controller via IrLED Sensor
Basic Features:

-    Bluetooth Call, Camera, Notification(SMS, E-mail, Apps)

Media Controller, Schedule, Smart Relay, S Voice, Stopwatch, Timer, Weather

More Features(Downloadable):

-    Calculator, ChatON, Flashlight, Quick Settings, Voice Memo

Changeable Strap

Colour Options:

-    Gear 2 : Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange

-    Gear 2 Neo : Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange

IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, Noise Cancellation
Featured App Banjo, BMW, CNN , Conde Nast, Expedia, eBay, Evernote, Feedly, GARMIN, Glympse,

GM (Onstar 4GLTE), iControl, Line, Path, Paypal, RUNTASTIC, Volkswagen, Weather Channel, Under Armour(Map my fitness)

Samsung Services Samsung Apps
Connectivity Bluetooth® v4.0 LE, IrLED
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate
Memory* RAM: 512MB

Storage: 4GB Internal Memory

* Memory options may be varied by product model or available regions

Dimension Gear 2 : 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g
Gear 2 Neo : 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
Battery Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAh

Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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