Samsung’s app selection for its line of Gear smartwatches is still somewhat limited, but the company may be preparing to launch a stand-alone app store just for its wearable devices. The South Korean tech titan has been issued trademarks for a “Gear Store,” which appears to be a separate marketplace focused entirely on the line of Tizen-powered products.
Apps designed specifically for the Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are already available from Samsung’s official app store, but offering a standalone marketplace could pave the way for a larger selection of apps and maybe even a place where things like accessories can be purchased, too. A single store for all of the products could also help the company secure developer support, especially as Google and Apple are poised to offer their own wearable platforms, by allowing them to create apps for all of Samsung’s wearables to sell in one place.
Based on Samsung’s latest trademark with the U.S. Patent Office, the Gear Store will offer apps for both wearable devices and “handheld computers.” It will also include a search function, as well as customer reviews and the ability to buy and download games and services as well as accessories.