Gear 2 Stories April 27, 2015

Samsung made a very bold attempt at entering the now-somewhat-established smartwatch space—long before the current market leaders—with the launch of their Galaxy Gear devices, but none of these wearables ever made very much of an impact. And since these devices came several months before Android Wear even existed, they ran Samsung’s proprietary Tizen operating system, which many users have agreed is notoriously clunky and unintuitive.

Now, a developer on the XDA-Developers forum has started work on porting Android Wear to the Galaxy Gear 2, and it looks like the OS is already partially functional… expand full story

Gear 2 Stories September 8, 2014

Samsung recently announced a new addition to its Tizen-based smartwatch lineup. The Gear S is a standalone smartwatch that will work without the need of a smartphone. It packs a cellular radio, accepts a SIM card, and is bulky enough to fit all of that inside…

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Gear 2 Stories April 25, 2014

Samsung partners with Iberia to bring boarding passes to the Gear 2

Samsung has partnered with Spanish airline, Iberia to bring boarding passes to the Gear 2. This new feature will come in the form of an update to the Iberia Android app, which will allow travelers to pair Samsung’s new smartwatch with a compatible Galaxy S handset to board their flights. While this is currently limited to only one airline, it should give hope to globetrotters who’ve invested in the Gear 2 that they may soon be able hop on a plane with the flick of their wrist. 

(via Iberia)

Gear 2 Stories April 9, 2014

See inside the Galaxy Gear 2 as iFixit gives it high repairability rating

iFixit has done a tear-down of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch, giving it a score of 8/10 for repairability. The company praised the ease of replacement of the watch-strap, and says that it’s easy to open the case and replace the battery.

The only bad news is that the display assembly is a fused unit, meaning any failure in its components would require the entire assembly to be replaced.

The Gear 2 ditched Android in favor of Tizen, and better power management means that the battery now lasts 2-3 days. The watch goes on sale on Friday, but pre-orders are available on Amazon.

Gear 2 Stories April 4, 2014

Samsung’s new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit wearables unveiled back in February recently went up for preorder through carrier partners and today have finally hit Amazon. The Tizen-based Samsung Gear 2 ($299) and Gear 2 Neo ($199), as well as the less expensive Gear Fit wearable ($199) recently went up for preorder through AT&T and other carrier partners alongside the Galaxy S5 with shipments expected sometime this month, but Amazon is currently listing a specific release date of April 11.

Both of the new Gear 2 devices take cues from Samsung’s previous Galaxy Gear smartwatch, with the big difference a switch to a Tizen-based OS rather than Android. Both of the new watches include a 1.63-inch touchscreen, 4Gb of internal storage, a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 300mAh battery and 512MB of RAM. The Gear 2 also features a 2MP camera with 720p video capabilities, while the Neo doesn’t include a camera at all. Gear Fit is a less expensive fitness tracker that doesn’t run Tizen or Android and offers limited functionality compared to the other smart watches.

Samsung Gear 2 ($299) and Gear 2 Neo ($199), and Gear Fit ($199) on Amazon.  expand full story

Gear 2 Stories March 20, 2014

Samsung has finally confirmed pricing for the Tizen-based Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches, though still no word on pricing for the camera-less Gear 2 Neo. The Gear 2 comes in at almost the same price as the original (and widely panned) Gear at $295, while the Gear Fit can be yours for $197 when both devices go on sale next month.

Samsung made SDKs available for the Gear 2 watches a few days ago in the hope that third-party apps will be available by the time the devices go on sale …  expand full story

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