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Samsung announces successors to Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Published on Apr 5, 2014 5:46 AM

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS - Six months after it launched the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the Korean giant is making another attempt at the wearable gadget market with not one, but three new wearable devices, announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress technology conference in Barcelona.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are successors to last year’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Both have a 1.63-inch Super Amoled display, and are powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor. Unlike the original Galaxy Gear, both Gear 2 devices are not running on the Android operating system, but are using Samsung’s own Tizen based platform.

This explains the lack of the Galaxy name in the new watches, as that is a monicker reserved for Android powered devices. The key difference between the two is that the Neo lacks the metal build of the Gear 2, and does not have a 2MP camera.

Given that the biggest criticism of the original Galaxy Gear was its reliance on being paired to a smartphone for most of its features to work, Samsung has fitted the Gear 2 devices with several built-in features, like a heart rate monitor, fitness tracker and 4GB of internal storage, so that the smartwatch can be used as a standalone music player when paired with a bluetooth speaker or headset.

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