Samsung Electronics had launched the Gear S2 line of smartwatches last year at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany. While only three variants were launched initially, the company went on to launch a couple of interesting new models later on. The one remarkable aspect of Samsung’s Gear smartwatches launched over the years is that most of these devices run on Tizen, barring the Gear Live smartwatch, which was launched by the South Korean company with Android Wear back in 2014. Apart from that singular attempt at embracing Google’s wearables platform, Tizen has been Samsung’s preferred choice for its Gear line of smartwatches, which typically come with the open source operating system based on the Linux kernel and is a product of the Tizen Association, which counts among its members global tech companies, such as Samsung, Intel, Huawei, Panasonic, NEC Casio, NTT Docomo, Sprint and Vodafone.
Obviously, not running either of the two popular wearables platforms from Google or Apple comes with its own set of issues, and chief amongst them is the comparatively lower numbers of apps available right from the start. In the case of the Gear S2 line, the problem was compounded by the fact that these were the first-ever smartwatches from Samsung to feature circular displays, meaning the apps that already existed had to be tweaked by their respective developers to work perfectly with the newer form-factor. However, with the Gear S2 devices starting to become more popular, Samsung now says that the “number of apps dedicated to the unique circular design and the UX of Gear S2 has increased over 4 times”, when compared to the number of applications available at September last year, which is when the devices were made official by Samsung.
According to the press release from Samsung, some of the most widely-used apps on the Gear S2 smartwatches are the ones that offer personalization options, including unique watch faces from designers like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeremyville and Burton Morris. Other popular software include fitness apps like S-Health, sports apps like Golf Navi, ride-hailing apps like Uber and travel apps like Iberia and KLM. Of course, along with all that, Samsung says that games like Bubble Bash are also fairly popular on its Gear S2 line of smartwatches.