Samsung announced that it will open the SDK for their next smartwatch before the watch is actually unveiled and sold to consumers. This is particularly interesting because the preview Samsung released shows some screenshots with a circular watch face. Thus far Samsung has offered for rectangular or curve displays for their Gear watches, a circular face would be a departure from this design language but would allow them to compete with the LG Watch Urbane and the next version of the Moto 360.
The press release mentions that this is the first time that Samsung has released the SDK for their watch before the announcement. This is understandable since developers will need time to optimize their apps for a circular screen. The preview image for the watch SDK also shows off some circular app layouts for third party partners CNN, Yelp, Baidu, FidMe and Apposter. Unfortunately the press release does not give any idea of release date or even a timeframe, but considering the pending update to Android Wear, we expect to see it soon enough. We also know that Samsung likes to release a new watch pretty frequently, and the Gear S is now about 6 months old. If you are a developer and want to get the SDK preview, go to developer.samsung.com/wearable to sign up.
I’m currently wearing my Gear S as my everyday smart watch and I really love it. I will definitely look to pick up another Samsung release if it has some cool features and a new form factor. I am a bit concerned that with a round face the large screen size I love on the Gear S will be lost. Stay here at HOA for more updates on all of Samsung’s products, especially this new watch!
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