Samsung took a second stab at the wearables market last month when it introduced three new devices for your wrist. Today the company is opening up its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches up to third-party developers with a new SDK based on its Tizen operating system.
If you’re looking to develop Gear apps of your own, now’s your chance. The Tizen SDK is available for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu, and comes in at just 5MB. If you’re planning on picking up one of Samsung’s new smartwatches this means hopefully there will be plenty of new apps available for the devices when they launch beyond the usual pre-installed features.
Samsung also takes the opportunity to point to some of the apps already included with the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo thanks to more than 100 partnerships covering everything from health to music to social media. The devices come with RSS aggregator Feedly and iHeartRadio’s music streaming service. You also gets specialized apps from CNN, Condé Nast, eBay and even Expedia for sending your flight information right to your wrist.
Despite all these apps however, whether the new Gear devices succeed or fail is really up to third-party developers. With Samsung’s new Tizen SDK in hand maybe we’ll see something interesting and new that can turn the smartwatch from a gimmick into a product we just can’t live without.