We knew Samsung was keen about using Tizen in different form factors and today before Mobile World Congress they announced the Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch, which will be running Tizen underneath the hood and will replace the cut down Android OS before it. We now have two models, the Samsung Gear 2 and the Samsung Gear 2 Neo which is a camera-less model. Both models are expected to ship in April this year.
One of the major issues of the previous model was its short batterly life of 25 hours, but with Tizen Samsung expects a battery life of 2-3 days, which shows you what can be achieved by using a pure Linux based Operating System. We also have the addition of a heart rate sensor and IP67 certification for water and dust resistance.
There have also been changes to the design of the product, not as sweeping as some would of hoped but its definitely more sleeker now and not as chunky. The camera is positioned at the front of the watch alongside the IR blaster. Mic has been moved from the wrist band to the watch body itself and now allows you to be able to change the wrist bands.
Keep tuned for more information ......