Today Samsung has announced the awaited successor to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. You probably took notice of the fact that the word “Galaxy” was left out of the name, this is due to the fact that these new smartwatches do not run Android, instead Samsung has ditched Android for Tizen. Here is the official press release from Samsung:

February 23, 2014

 

The stylish Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo offer consumers increased connectivity, customization, and control 
Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo designed to take the freedom, convenience and style of wearable technology to the next level. The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo offer consumers enhanced connectivity and a completely integrated approach for the most personal wearable experience.
“Samsung continues to lead innovation in the wearable market by creating devices that are completely integrated into the lives of consumers through extended connectivity features, stylish customization options and a robust application ecosystem,” Said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, we have enhanced everything consumers love about the Gear to offer unparalleled smart freedom in their everyday life.”
The next generation of mobile freedom
Samsung achieved a significant improvement as a leading smart wearable provider with Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Both devices offer a lightweight design with premium finishes that reflect modern trends.
A Camera is equipped to a main body instead to strap, making the Samsung Gear 2 a sleek and sharp smart companion. Consumers are now available to express their mood or coordinate with their outfit with modern and sophisticated strap color options including Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange for Gear2 and Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange for Gear2 Neo. The home screen background, clock face and font are also customizable to reflect their personal taste.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are essential companion devices, allow users to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, and providing instant notification options based on a user’s activity and habits.
Both devices act as an extension of a consumer’s daily life, offering users more control of their lives with standalone features, such as controlling electronic products such as TV, settop box through WatchON Remote application in their own home with an embedded IrLED sensor. The addition of a standalone music player with Bluetooth headset means people can leave their smartphone at home and still enjoy their music on the go.
Both devices also offer personal fitness coaching in real-time, allowing users to develop a customizable fitness routine and monitor their heart rate in order to improve their overall well-being.
Finally, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo let users connect to a wide variety of Samsung devices and access an enriched application ecosystem as the first wearable powered by Tizen based wearable platform. Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are compatible with more than dozens of Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch.
Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available around the world starting from April. Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com or m.samsungmobilepress.com

When the original Galaxy Gear launched it was running a full build of Android 4.2.2, well this time around Samsung has thrown caution to the wind and launched the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo running builds of Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system. This comes as good news to some and bad news to others but right now it’s really too early to decide whether or not it’s good news for you personally unless you’re an Android fanboy. But regardless the watch is running Tizen which will be very interesting to see on account of it being the first mainstream product to come with Tizen.

Now what’s the difference between the two watches? Surprisingly not much at all, the only differences we can really tell at this point for the most part is one includes a camera and one does not, and color choices differ between the two. Here are the specs which apply to both devices as well as images of both devices:

  • 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Tizen OS
  • 2.0 Megapixel camera (Gear 2 only)
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of Storage
  • 300mAh battery (3-5 days)

Gear 2

Gear 2 Neo

These are definitely upgraded specs from the Galaxy Gear but lets go over what has changed physically about the watch. Well for starters Samsung has added their touch with the addition of a home button. Besides that the charging pins have been moved and no more speaker grille on the wristband. Not much has changed but the Gear 2 looks just different enough from the Galaxy Gear that you can tell them apart.

It’s really hard to put an opinion into this article because the Gear 2 runs Tizen, we will have to get some hands-on time with the device before we can post a solid opinion. Even so I can still say that I think this a great move because Android does not scale down well and maybe we will find out that Tizen makes a much better smartwatch operating system than Android does.

Source | Samsung

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
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