Although Google is expected to launch a wearables SDK for Android this month, Samsung beat it to the punch. The company announced its Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) for Wearables is available for download on Monday so that developers can build apps for the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo devices. The two wearables were announced at last month’s Mobile World Congress event as Samsung switched from Android to Tizen as the underlying software inside its smartwatches.
Samsung has created its own apps for the Gear line but with the SDK it hopes to offer a wide variety of apps that work on a wrist. The company says it already has more than 100 app partners and announced some of the first apps that will work on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Some examples from the Samsung press release include:
- Feedly: This web-based cloud reader brings RSS headlines and information to the Gear.
- Glympse: Traditionally used on a smartphone, Glypse offers real-time location sharing with friends or family.
- Runtastic: Tracks distance, speed, elevation, heart rate, pace, and calories burned during a workout.
- Sleep Genius: Monitors sleep and provides a sleep program to improve rest, waking you up through a Gear 2 at the most opportune time in your sleep cycle
- Vivino: Snap a pic of a wine label using the Gear 2 and Vivino sends ratings, pricing and more to your wrist.
Most of the apps that are ready for the Gear 2 devices revolve around health tracking, but clearly not all of them do. There is a place for wrist-based apps to provide small bits of information. The CNN app is perfect example, as it offers headlines of breaking news throughout the day to snack on. If you want a bigger meal, you then turn to a bigger screen — such as your phone or tablet — for the details.