MWC 2014 | Samsung announces new smartwatches powered by Tizen OS
Samsung has taken the wraps off their new line of smartwatches, replacing the Galaxy Gear which was introduced less than half a year ago. The South Korean company announced the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo today in Barcelona, getting rid of the Galaxy branding and Android in the process.
Both watches feature a 1.63" AMOLED display (320x320) to go along with a dual-core 1GHz CPU, and the only difference between the pair is the lack of a 2MP camera on the Gear 2 Neo. Both devices also come with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, and Samsung has improved battery life to last 2-3 days with typical usage.
Of course, the biggest change is that the watches will not be powered by Android, as Samsung has opted to use their own Tizen OS. The OS will still be compatible with S voice and various Samsung smartphones, and can also stream music directly to Bluetooth 4.0 headsets. The new Gear watches are also equipped with many Fitness applications, with a heart rate sensor and pedometer helping track calorie expenditure and other information.
Samsung has yet to announce a specific pricing scheme or release date for the watches, but they are expected sometime in April and will be on hand at MWC.