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Samsung gushes about the Gear S2’s timeless partners

The Gear S2 is Samsung’s first round smartwatch and it has certainly excited the wearable device industry, the smartwatch touts good hardware and an impressive suite of features which as Samsung points out is complimented by “timeless partners” that provide apps and services to maximize usability and functionality. Samsung emphasized the importance of having great partners pretty early on, it even released the Gear S2’s Software Development Kit before the product was announced.

Joohyung Jeong of Samsung’s Product Planning Team of IT & Mobile Communications Business division said: “We made sure to put in as much time as needed to optimize the applications for the new circular design and UX.” Samsung aided its partners by providing all design resources that they needed given that the new device’s shape requires all apps to be redesigned. The end result is that there are hundreds of apps available for the Gear S2 already but today Samsung is highlighting eight of the most popular. These include Nike+ Running, Twitter Trends, Line messenger, Yelp for Gear, Volkswagen, SmartThings for IoT-enabled smart devices, Kevo by Unikey and Voxer.

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nkolsen
nkolsen

Didnt they say 1000 at the announcement? Something tells me they arent 100% honest……………Im starting to look at alternatives samsung…..

kronicle
kronicle

Yes they did say 1000’s and there is actually closer to 1500 already. Many developers simply ported their Moto360 Apps from Wear using Linux Foundation Open Source Tools and Samsung’s own conversion tools. Watch Faces do need to be customized for Tizen more advanced features and some upgrade of pixel density is required by developers, but some of them have to be complete rewrites too. Apps? Tizen is Open Standards based and can already get Android APK’s even…. converted quite easy. In fact Samsung has highlighted both these facts repeatedly, yet nobody seems to be listening! lol….. Look how many… Read more »

nkolsen
nkolsen

If there is 1500, why are people then reporting as few as 25-30 apps?

Amiskka
Amiskka

The alternatives for smartwatches are OEMs with Android Wear, Apple Watch, Microsoft Band 2, and the gimmicky POS Pebble Watches (it’s more like a stupidwatch). For ME I think the Samsung Gear S2 3G is the best smartwatch at the moment, cause it has 3G for it to be standalone and make phone calls, GPS for navigation, round face because I don’t like the design of the old Japanese styled digital watches from the 90s. Other pluses is the battery life, the amoled screen, and the rotating bezel which is more intuitive than the Apple Crown. In terms of apps,… Read more »