We've told you in an earlier post that the Tizen Developer Conference (TDC) this year would bring a free device giveaway, but we didn't have more information in place at the time. Now, a trusted source has provided an insider tip about the TDC: the free device giveaway prize for 2017 will be a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch. As for whether the prize is the Gear S3 Frontier or Gear S3 Classic, we do not know - so you could be looking at an LTE-capable smartwatch (Gear S3 Frontier or Gear S3 Classic LTE) or a WiFi-only model (Gear S3 Classic, non-LTE), but the smart money is probably on the WiFi only model. There could be a choice involved with this free device giveaway, but we'll have to wait for more details to confirm.
Both Gear S3 smartwatches, the Frontier and Classic, feature 1.3-inch Super AMOLED displays as opposed to the 1.2-inch Gear S2 display from last year, in addition to small improvements with hardware. Samsung has increased the capabilities of its Gear lineup, though, with the Gear S3 featuring a Color Always-On Display that remains Always On. This was a pain point with the Gear S2, but the Gear S3 gets it right. Samsung has brought a more unique, distinct style to the Gear S3 that helps it stand apart from the pack. Battery life, a key standout strength of the Gear S2, makes a return in the Gear S3
The Gear S3 is a solid device for Tizen app developers to horn in their developing skills for Tizen wearable devices. The free device giveaway for the TDC comes in addition to a number of lucky drawings where you can win new Samsung devices such as a 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, Samsung DeX, and a Samsung Serif TV.
A new mobile device could make its way to TDC 2017, not to mention a hands-on IoT Lab and a Gaming Zone. Be sure to sign up for the conference if you plan to attend and, above all, be sure to come over and visit the Tizen Experts team, as we will be available on-site for the conference. We look forward to seeing you there!