Samsung Releases the Gear 2 Tizen SDK

March 17, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

As promised, Samsung has just released their Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo SDK, for those developers looking to develop some apps for the new wearables from Samsung, or just play around with the SDK. It is a Tizen SDK, so it’s a bit different than if it were running Android. You can also find it at the Tizen developer site, which is linked in the source down below. At Mobile World Congress last month, Samsung announced three new wearables. The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Effectively removing “Galaxy” from their name. So you probably still hear a lot of people saying “Galaxy Gear 2” out of force of habit. Which is understandable.

Samsung is calling this the Tizen SDK for Wearables. Samsung is also bragging about over 100 partnerships already, including apps like Atooma, Banjo, Dacadoo, EasilyDo, Feedly, Focus Trainer, Glympse, iHeartRadio, iwunta, Life360, Runtastic, Sleep Genius, Vivino, CNN, eBay, Flick Dat, Expedia, and many more.

The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit we’re expecting to be available alongside the Galaxy S5 next month. Which it will be available on 6 different carriers in the US. Including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, MetroPCS and US Cellular. And I’m sure a few more regional and prepaid carriers will jump on-board as the Galaxy S5 gets a bit older, and a bit cheaper. The only downside about all of Samsung’s wearables, is that they only are compatible with Samsung devices. So if you want to pick up the Gear Fit – Like myself – you’d also have to pick up a Galaxy S5 or another Samsung device, unfortunately.

How many of you are excited to see what kind of apps we see on these new Gear wearables from Samsung now that the SDK is available? I’d love to see things like Foursquare and Yelp available, it would be pretty awesome. Let us know in the comments below.