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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:22 AM   #1
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Samsung Unveils Line of Gear 2 Smart Watches Featuring 'Tizen' Mobile Operating System




Samsung today unveiled its new line of Gear 2 smart watches, which follows the release of its Galaxy Gear smart watch last year. Like its predecessor, the flagship Gear 2 features a 1.63-inch touchscreen, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, and mobile speakers, but also now contains a built-in IR blaster and a camera that has been moved from the wristband to the front of the device. Meanwhile, the cheaper Gear 2 Neo is lighter than its higher-end counterpart, and does not feature a camera.

Samsung's Gear 2 Neo (left) and Gear 2 (right) smart watches
Both watches are running Samsung's new Tizen mobile platform, which was developed in collaboration with Intel as well as multiple telecommunications companies. Samsung says that users can expect an "enriched application ecosystem" as well as compatibility with over a dozen Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch.

The Gear 2 is said to include a 300 mAh battery that provides anywhere from 2-3 days of typical usage, as well as a heart rate sensor and pedometer for fitness tracking.

The ability to monitor health-related metrics will reportedly be one of the main features of Apple's iWatch, which is in development and could be released later this year. Throughout the past year, Apple has hired a number of health experts in fields related to health metrics, and also is said to be developing a "Healthbook" app for iOS 8. It was also reported last week that Apple is interested in acquiring health wearable maker Basis, which currently integrates many advanced health-centric technologies into its current products.

Samsung will be releasing the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo in various colors, with both devices receiving Charcoal Black and Wild Orange options. Additionally, the Gear 2 will be released in a Gold Brown option while the Gear 2 Neo will be offered a Mocha Grey colorway.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available internationally starting April, with pricing to be announced soon. The company is also expected to unveil its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone at its Unpacked 2014 event during Mobile World Congress 2014 later this week, with recent reports suggesting that the device will feature an integrated fingerprint sensor.

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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:24 AM   #2
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Sometimes being first to the market doesn't equal success. Samsung better hope this one isn't a flop as well
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Sometimes being first to the market doesn't equal success. Samsung better hope this one isn't a flop as well
It appears they just keep releasing new products based on apple rumors. By late this year, we may have the S Watch 3 or 4 at the time the 1st "iWatch" is released.
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:30 AM   #5
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Still feels indifferent to their watches. I like your TVs and fridges better, Samsung.
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:32 AM   #6
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:32 AM   #7
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Wow, only 5 months after Gear 1!
Good luck with this one Samsung, but I am still not gonna buy one
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:34 AM   #8
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Doesn't Samsung know they're not going to make much money on this?
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:35 AM   #9
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Doesn't Samsung know they're not going to make much money on this?
But their Galaxy Camera was a huge success! /s
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:39 AM   #10
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And everyone that bought a galaxy gear hates Samsung even more now.
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:46 AM   #11
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I think I would be more excited if Samsung released an actual gear.
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:49 AM   #12
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Looks much better than the 1st model (those screws). I'm not hating at all.
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:56 AM   #13
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wait until Gear 3 look like an iWatch.
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 01:59 AM   #14
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Stop being a snob. It's interesting to see what other companies release. The way I see it this is a tech site, period.
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Like its predecessor, the flagship Gear 2 features a 1.63-inch touchscreen, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, and mobile speakers, but also now contains a built-in camera and IR blaster.
The original Gear had a camera. The new model just repositions it from the strap to the main watch body.
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 02:01 AM   #16
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This is very funny, thank you Samsung I needed cheering up.

The article says it now has a built in camera, the original one did and this looks just as crap. The display and ui will still be rubbish. An IR blaster ... So we're going back to the 90's.

Did I mention it still looks rubbish.

Also they havent said ifyou still need to do any replying off a phone making the watch pointless. Id rather a Pebble 2 than this.
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Wow, switched to Tizen... So does this mean even Samsung admits Android sucks? I say yes.
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AnIR blaster ... So we're going back to the 90's...
The IR blaster is presumably there so you can use it as a remote for TVs and other infrared-controlled devices.
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It appears they just keep releasing new products based on apple rumors.
Fitness bands are nothing new and were definately not inspired by Apple's iWatch rumors. Samsung designed a health-monitoring "smartwatch" because it'a pretty obvious idea to integrate fitness bands' features in it. Most likely even Apple "got inspired" by these already existing products: some of them are already used with iOS devices too.

Let's see if the iWatch is able to execute it better (if and when gets released).
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This looks a lot nicer than the first one, might give this one a shot!
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Fitness bands are nothing new and were definately not inspired by Apple's iWatch rumors. Samsung designed a health-monitoring "smartwatch" because it'a pretty obvious idea to integrate fitness bands' features in it. Most likely even Apple "got inspired" by these already existing products: some of them are already used with iOS devices too.

Let's see if the iWatch is able to execute it better (if and when gets released).
So obvious, exactly why it originally had these features in the first revision, and didn't just magically appear months after intense rumors of health being a primary focus for Apples wearable. :rollseyes:. I'm not saying Apple is novel in the idea of a health wearable, but come on, it's pretty obvious Samsung is obsessively chasing after Apples feet

Don't put it past Samsung. These guys are capable of completely switching courses and rapidly rushing something into production. I remember Samsung executives admitting as much in regards to the first Gear.
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Wow, switched to Tizen... So does this mean even Samsung admits Android sucks? I say yes.
Remember that Android is very successful: more than "Android sucks" I guess the rationale was "Android is in the hands of a competitor". Samsung most likely wants to build his own complete ecosystem and become less dependent from Google.
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Samsung today unveiled its new line of Gear 2 smart watches, which follows the release of its Galaxy Gear smart watch last year. Like its predecessor, the flagship Gear 2 features a 1.63-inch touchscreen, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, and mobile speakers, but also now contains a built-in camera and IR blaster. Meanwhile, the cheaper Gear 2 Neo is lighter than its higher-end counterpart, and does not feature a camera.

Samsung's Gear 2 (left) and Gear 2 Neo (right) smart watches
Both watches are running Samsung's new Tizen mobile platform, which was developed in collaboration with Intel as well as multiple telecommunications companies. Samsung says that users can expect an "enriched application ecosystem" as well as compatibility with over a dozen Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch.

The Gear 2 is said to include a 300 mAh battery that provides anywhere from 2-3 days of typical usage, as well as a heart rate sensor and pedometer for fitness tracking.

The ability to monitor to health-related metrics will reportedly be one of the main features of Apple's iWatch, which is in development and could be released later this year. Throughout the past year, Apple has hired a number of health experts in fields related to health metrics, and also is said to be developing a "Healthbook" app for iOS 8. It was also reported last week that Apple is interested in acquiring health wearable maker Basis, which currently integrates many advanced health-centric technologies into its current products.

Samsung will be releasing the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo in various colors, with both devices receiving Charcoal Black and Wild Orange options. Additionally, the Gear 2 will be released in a Gold Brown option while the Gear 2 Neo will be offered a Mocha Grey colorway.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available internationally starting April, with pricing to be announced soon. The company is also expected to unveil its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone at its Unpacked 2014 event during Mobile World Congress 2014 later this week, with recent reports suggesting that the device will feature an integrated fingerprint sensor.

Article Link: Samsung Unveils Line of Gear 2 Smart Watches Featuring 'Tizen' Mobile Operating System
The original Samsung Galaxy Gear also had a camera (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung..._Gear#Hardware)
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