Samsung begins its bid to dominate the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) by launching its new range of Galaxy Gear smartwatches.
The Galaxy Gear was first launched at last year’s IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin to mixed response; users complained about the device’s bulky appearance, poor battery life and lack of compatibility with Samsung smartphones.
However, Samsung has proven that the Galaxy Gear is here to stay, with not one but two new smartwatches hitting the market this year.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 is in many ways just an updated version of the original gear; it features an identical 1.63-inch screen on top of an upgraded 1GHz dual core processor.
The bulky camera lens which is located on the Gear’s strap has been moved to the Gear 2’s screen after criticism from users. The camera has also been enhanced from 1.2 megapixels to a 2 megapixel lens.
Samsung has also unveiled a second smartwatch just one day before MWC, in the form of the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo.
The Gear 2 Neo is a slightly cheaper device than the Gear 2 and sports similar features to the Gear, with the exception of a camera.
One interesting point to note is that both devices run Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen, with no Android in sight.
There has been word of Samsung introducing Tizen to the Galaxy S range of flagship smartphones, so perhaps the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are Samsung’s trial devices for the new software.
Despite the gear 2 and Gear Neo running Tizen, Samsung has confirmed that all of the familiar Samsung apps will be available to users.
The launch of these two smartwatches just days before MWC demonstrates that Samsung has a lot more to come over the coming days in Barcelona, with the Galaxy S5 launch occurring on Monday evening.
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