The Gear 2 is the second-generation offering from Samsung, a follow-up to the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Along with the Gear 2 Neo, the Gear 2 brings along many design elements from the original device but drops one important thing — Android. The Gear 2 and Gear Neo both run the open source OS, Tizen, becoming the first consumer devices to do so.
The Gear 2 is available in charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange and sports a 1.63" super AMOLED display, 1.0GHZ dual-core processor, notifications, Bluetooth, music controls, fitness tracking and more. Unlike the original Gear which had a camera on the band, the Gear 2 brings the 2MP camera to the watch face, making for a better looking design. As before, the Gear 2 will work only with a "wide variety" of Samsung devices and use platform-specific applications.
The Gear 2 will be available worldwide starting in April.
If you happened to pick up a shiny new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo or Gear Fit but you're using it with an older Samsung device, it may be time to upgrade your phone as well. The new Gear devices will work fine and dandy with previous devices, but don't you want the latest and greatest phone to maximize your potential? Of course you do — and the Samsung Galaxy S5 is just that device.Continue Reading →
PayPal has today announced the availability of their fingerprint-based authentication system in 25 countries. The system was first announced at MWC 2014 and is now ready for action on the Samsung Galaxy S5. With the app, users can simply swipe a finger over the home button on the S5 to authorize payments and perform other operations. This means you no longer have to login to PayPal with a username and password when using the mobile web, through apps or even in retail stores.
The S5 is also the first phone to incorporate the FIDO authentication standard that was developed by Google, Microsoft, MasterCard, and Lenovo.Continue Reading →
As tends to happen with the latest mobile gadgets, just as Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch is ready to go on sale it's already been subjected to a hardware teardown by the folks over at iFixit. The site's guide to disassembling Samsung's latest wearable is now live, showing how with a Torx screwdriver and a steady hand, you can get crack open the device and get to its innards.Continue Reading →
First announced at Mobile World Congress, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are Samsung's next line of wearable tech. At the time no pricing was announced but Samsung has now revealed these details. The Gear 2 will be priced at $295, not much lower than the original Gear when it first launched. The Gear Fit, Samsung's leap into fitness wear, will be priced at $197.Continue Reading →
If our own hands-on with the upcoming Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit wasn't enough to satisfy you, Samsung has done some video work of their own as well. They've posted up an official hands-on with the Gear 2 and Gear Fit, giving a near ten-minute look at the goods. There's nothing terribly new buried within, but we do get a good overview of the features and specs across all the devices.Continue Reading →
The popular music service 7Digital announced today they they will soon be bringing their music app to the new Tizen OS — including that on wearable devices. 7Digitial is already available across BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Android, iOS, Windows and Firefox. With the app, users of Tizen-powered Gear devices will be able to browse, purchase and play over 25 million tracks in 7Digital's catalog. The app will share features along the lines of the current iOS and Android apps. It's expected to be available in Q2 of 2014.Continue Reading →
While pretty much everyone was hoping that Samsung's new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit would be more affordable at launch than the $300+ Galaxy Gear, it looks like that may not be the case. SamMobile is saying that the Gear 2 Neo and Gear fit will ring in at €199 while the Gear 2 will be €299. The prices are said to be in the same ballpark for the US as well at $199 and $299 respectively.Continue Reading →
One of the big downsides for the Galaxy Gear was that there were limited applications and not just anyone could create an app for it. With new devices comes new change though, as Samsung has released an SDK for the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit devices. The SDK allows for developers to create apps that will run on both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, but for the Gear Fit there is an emulator and the ability to control the device through an app.Continue Reading →
Samsung has announced three new devices — the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. The first two are essentially the same (the Gear 2 Neo lacks a camera) but the Gear Fit is more of a fitness band than a watch. It does pack in some notification capabilities, but the real focus is on the health aspects.Continue Reading →
Samsung left a lot to be desired when they first rolled out the Galaxy Gear as reports of sales were low, and it was a bit limited in compatibility with devices. There have been a few rumors going around that Samsung was already working on a second generation of the Galaxy Gear, and that could definitely be the case. SamsungMobileUK has sent out a tweet that contains an image that definitely looks like a tease of an upcoming generation of the Galaxy Gear.Continue Reading →