Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Samsung Galaxy SmartWatch Gear 2 uses Tizen instead of Android -

The second generation of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear SmartWatch runs allegedly with the in-house operating system Tizen and not with Google’s Android . The USA Today reports citing several sources familiar with the plans of the Korean electronics company claims to be. Thus Samsung , the second generation of its intelligent clock will present in Barcelona next week on the Mobile World Congress .


According to the sources Samsung will present there also a work based on Tizen smartphone. More Tizen devices will follow in the first half. Samsung’s flagship product on the MWC but is the Android flagship Galaxy S 5, which will be presented on Monday the public. The company also working on other devices in the field of wearable computing as a fitness bracelet that it might show up on the Mobile World Congress.

Samsung wants to break away from its hardware focus and strengthened develop their own software and services to stay ahead of its competitors. Your own mobile OS Tizen is intended to help the company to reduce its dependence on Google . However, the development of the OS has so far not smoothly. The Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo recently put also his plans for a Tizen Smartphone on ice.

originally wanted to bring a high-end smartphone with Tizen on the market until September 2013 Samsung. After that it postponed the release for the fourth quarter and finally until February 2014. Most recently, the Koreans kept a low profile about Tizen, was therefore speculated whether they want to hold on to or actually Tizen instead strengthen its partnership with Google.

OS first introduce a SmartWatch, seems to be a wise decision. Users could familiarize themselves with Tizen, especially as the operating system of the first-generation Gear is hardly recognizable as Android. His tile menu is more reminiscent of Microsoft’s Windows Phone . Other SmartWatch providers such as Pebble also use their own software on their devices, which can be still use with Android products easily.

limited app offering for Tizen should also represent only a minor problem with a Smart Watch. Also for the first gear, there were few applications. You have to be specially adapted to the SmartWatch and are only available in Samsung’s own App Store. Therefore, it is also in this area is little difference between a Tizen-based and Android-based smart watch.

Samsung declined to comment to a Tizen-SmartWatch on demand from CNET. It merely stated to not comment on rumors or speculation.

[with material from Shara Tibken,]

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