Samsung has Released the SDK for Next-gen Round Smartwatch


A few weeks ago we reported that Samsung is working on a round smartwatch for their next Gear project. We also mentioned that they would be releasing the SDK for that watch to the developer community before the watch becomes available to the public. The SDK contains some sample apps sample apps and platform images, which give us a bit of insight into how the watch may look.


We found out that Samsung is ditching the rectangular and curved designs of the Gear 2 and Gear S for a rounded face on the next watch. I am personally happy to see Samsung release this SDK so that we can have more apps available when the watch launches, something that did not happen with the Gear S. In terms of specifications, the device will feature 1.65″ display, with a resolution of 360 x 360. The smartwatch should feature 2G connectivity, GPS, a heartbeat sensor, gyro sensor, acceleration sensor, pressure sensor, and magnetic sensor.

Samsung looks to gain traction for their Tizen OS for wearables. From the photos, it seems a rotating bezel is quite important to basic navigation and functionality. Apparently, you can twist the bezel to change  screens, like music, emails, and news. Check out a few of the leaked pictures below.

The watch may come with a preloaded gallery app, allowing users to view photos, and also zoom in and out using the bezel. This feature seems pretty similar to what Apple offers with the digital crown and gallery on the Apple Watch. Some people will no doubt mention this as another example of Samsung mimicking Apple. There are also a few watch faces, but these are definitely not set in stone just yet. I am interested in this watch, but I will miss the big screen on my Gear S. What does everyone else think?

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Jeff Springer

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