Samsung releases its own Tizen wearable SDK

Samsung releases its own Tizen wearable SDK
Obviously, today was all about Android Wear, but there's another major player in the mobile sphere that has a wearables platform. Samsung actually swapped out Android for Tizen on its new smartwatches, and it wants to get developers to make some apps for those smartwatches, so Samsung has released an SDK of its own.

Interestingly, the Tizen wearables SDK only includes settings for two of the three new Samsung wearables that will be running Tizen. The SDK supports the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, but not the Gear Fit. Samsung has said that the original Galaxy Gear would up "updated" to Tizen at some point, so we assume apps built for the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo would also work on the original Samsung smartwatch. 

It may seem as if Samsung is cutting it a bit close with this SDK, given that the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are planned for release along with the Samsung Galaxy S5 in less than one month. But, Tizen on smartwatches just uses HTML5 apps, which are relatively easy to build. Still, we wouldn't expect there to be a huge amount of apps available for Samsung's devices at launch, especially with developers turning their attention to Android Wear. 

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11 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

What exactly is Tizen? An OS for wearables?

6. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

An operating system like any other you know. They can't just jump into the Smartphone OS market after seeing their Bada OS failure so Sammy and the Linux Foundation is starting small with these wearables. Later this year, Tizen will be applied to Smart TV's and other household appliances. Some NX cameras already are Tizen running.

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

interesting. I like that they are trying out new things.

2. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Android wear > all Galaxy Gear craps

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Come back when you can actually buy 'Wear' devices in the store near you. I have heard a lot about Glass too in last 1 year. Still a vapourware product.

5. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

u do realize android wear is just an os for smart watch, its not an actual smartwatch or was you trying to say that android wear is better than tizen on the galaxy gear ???

7. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

No. It's simple really, until you have a product on the store for consumers, a product is vapourware. I will wait till we have product that I can purchase running Wear.

8. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I was talking to Dude2014 sorry

9. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

np :)

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

@Phonearena: Obviously the SDK *only* supports Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. This is beacuse Gear Fit doesn't run Tizen, it runs on a RTOS. And you can't have standalone independent apps for Gear Fit.

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