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MWC 2014: Samsung switches Tizen for Android in Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatches

Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch

Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch

Samsung has dropped Android from its Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatches. They will, instead, be powered by the company’s own Tizen operating system, reports The Verge.

Vlad Savov writes:

The Korean company doesn’t detail why it’s making the switch — nor what it will mean for app compatibility between the first- and second-generation platforms — but it does say that the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be compatible with “dozens” of Samsung devices right from launch. That’s not as broad as Sony’s SmartWatch 2, which works with any Android 4.0 device, but it’s a significant step up from what the Galaxy Gear initially offered. Among the first apps for the new Gears will be software from BMW, CNN, Garmin, Line, and Path.

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Tags: Galaxy Gear, Samsung, Smart Watch, Tizen

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