Samsung Electronics’ new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2, combines a touchscreen with an innovative hardware bezel and buttons for a completely new and unique user experience. Now, Samsung are reminding us that as well as outstanding hardware, devices also need a strong list of partners that take it to the next level.
The S2 also comes with a range of watch faces that lets you check the latest trends on Twitter, or see stock updates on Bloomberg, or sports scores on ESPN. There are many apps that will be available soon such as: Nike+ Running, Twitter Trends, Line, Yelp, Volkswagen, SmartThings, Kevo by UniKey, and Voxer.
“We made sure to put in as much time as needed to optimize the applications for the new circular design and UX,” said Joohyung Jeong of Product Planning Team of IT & Mobile Communications Business division. “We wanted to offer a great variety of useful applications to the users at the time of launch, which was made possible with the early announcement of the SDK.”
For the first time ever Samsung gave early access to the Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Gear S2 back in April, months before the official unveil at IFA 2015 in Berlin in September. This gave partners the chance to begin creating apps that took advantage of the new user experience of the S2, and now more partners are joining.