Samsung has announced its next generation of ‘smart watch’ devices: the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. They follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy Gear, which was launched last September.
Both are based on the Tizen operating system although they’re compatible with Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy smartphones.
Although the screen size is the same as the previous model - 1.63 inches - the new wearable devices are equipped with a faster dual-core 1GHz processor. The Gear 2 Neo doesn’t have a camera but the Gear 2 does - and unlike its predecessor, it has the camera within the watch body rather then embedded in the strap.
They can be used to answer or reject calls, for message notifications, to provide fitness coaching and to control some TV set-top boxes. In addition, they’re a stand-alone music player and can provide notifications from other smartphone apps where this functionality is enabled.
JK Shin, CEO and President of the IT & Mobile Division of Samsung Electronics, said “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. 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.”
Availability is expected from April.