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April 23, 2015

Next Samsung Gear smartwatch to feature round display, refreshed user interface

by John_A


Select developers are receiving early access to the software development kit (SDK) for Samsung’s next Gear smartwatch. The company issued a press release today that reveals developers are already working with the technology. Also, Samsung has global partners working on creating unique experiences for the unannounced device. CNN, Yelp, Baidu, FidMe, and Apposter are all working with Samsung.

The real piece of news, though, is that the next Gear smartwatch will feature a round display and refreshed user interface. The teaser image attached to the press release shows a round display with a watch face showing weather hour-by-hour. While Samsung does not seem to be committing to Android Wear full-time, this shows that the company cares about improving its experiences for users.

Hit the break for the teaser image and the full press release.


Samsung to Release SDK for Next Generation Gear

April 24, 2015

Developers receive invitation to help build next Samsung wearable prior to the product launch

Seoul, Korea – April 24, 2015 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced that members of global developer community can get an early access to the Software Development Kit (SDK) of the company’s next generation of the Gear device. The new wearable device will be the 7th generation of Samsung Gear with a wrist watch type. This is the first time that Samsung has released its wearable SDK to third-party developers before the official product announcement.

“Samsung has actively adapted its approach to wearable device development as the leader of the rapidly developing category,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “Through meaningful and progressive innovation, Samsung welcomes to developers and industry leaders to join this open collaboration effort to enrich and create unique user experiences for a new smart mobile life.”

To join the program, developers can become a member of the community by submitting an application at the Samsung Developer’s website. The applicants will be later notified through email along with the development resources. They will be among the first to get an up-close look into the SDK and build apps for the next Gear.

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