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The Gear S2 is great – now Samsung’s big IoT challenge begins

The Gear S2 is great – now Samsung’s big IoT challenge begins

Samsung is off to a great start with the Gear S2 smartwatch, with its great UX and broad Android compatibility, but its challenge is only just beginning. The circular-screen wearable is prompting broadly positive first-impressions - from ourselves included - with its discrete design and well-crafted interface, and Samsung has feathered it with a number of high profile apps out of the gate.

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Gear S2 SDK released, opening doors for developers everywhere

Gear S2 SDK released, opening doors for developers everywhere

This morning Samsung revealed their Gear S2 smartwatch with Tizen, the company's own software operating system. This afternoon they've released a public software developer kit (SDK) for creators of apps and software experiences. This means that in addition to the apps already connected with the device, developers everywhere will have the opportunity to create for Tizen on the smartwatch. In addition to this SDK, Samsung has opened their Gear S2 seller site for developers and partners to register their Gear S2 applications.

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Samsung Gear S2 details released in full [UPDATE: more images]

Samsung Gear S2 details released in full [UPDATE: more images]

Three versions of Samsung's newest smartwatch, the Gear S2, have been revealed today. Each of the three, the Samsung Gear S2, Gear S2 classic, and Gear S2 3G will come with round faces and Tizen for their software platform. While the Gear S2 and S2 classic will come with Wi-fi connectivity, a Gear S2 3G version will also be released with the same specifications save a slot for a 3G SIM card. Each of these devices will also come with Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC, and will be released likely by the end of the year.

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Even Samsung’s exec is now teasing the Gear S2

Even Samsung’s exec is now teasing the Gear S2

When you have a product that could very well be taken to be a high point in the industry, you might as well flaunt it around, right? That might exactly be the line of reasoning in running in Dennis Miloseski's mind when he posted on Instagram a snapshot of him wearing the upcoming Samsung Gear S2. Miloseski, being VP of Samsung Design America and head of Samsung Mobile UXCA, is so far the highest ranking Samsung suit to give the public a taste of what's to come next week at IFA 2015.

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Samsung Gear 2 in final testing

Samsung Gear 2 in final testing

Today the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch has been shown off "in the wild" - still on the arm of a Samsung employee, but in a candid shot nonetheless. This device was shown on the arm of vice president, head of study, Samsung Design America Dennis Miloseski. This fellow is also the head of Samsung Mobile UXCA, overseeing strategy, design UX, industrial design, and engineering operations in North America for Samsung. Normally Miloseski is the sort of person to wear far more expensive watches. Normally he's rolling with high fashion.

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Samsung Gear S2 detailed in full video teaser

Samsung Gear S2 detailed in full video teaser

Samsung reveals the teaser video for their next big smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2. This device will challenge the likes of the Apple Watch with its own TIZEN-based operating system onboard with a unique hardware look that includes a fully round smartwatch face. This is the first round smartwatch from Samsung, coming with a watch OS that's not yet been fully revealed. We first saw this device last week at Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 event.

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Samsung Gear S2 revealed in teaser video at Note 5 event

Samsung Gear S2 revealed in teaser video at Note 5 event

This morning Samsung revealed the Samsung Gear S2, the company's first round-faced smartwatch. While the details on this device are scant, we can show you what it looks like. This device's specifications and release dates and pricing will be shown at IFA 2015 in Berlin at a Samsung event that'll take place on 9/3/2015. Until then we can have a peek at what's inside this device - software and some basic details on how the device will function.

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Samsung Pay lands on the most unlikely of devices: TVs

Samsung Pay lands on the most unlikely of devices: TVs

Technically, Samsung Pay has actually to officially roll out to business and users, but that's definitely not going to stop Samsung from dreaming big. While it's still busy actually preparing the system for merchants and smartphones, it is announcing that the payment service will also come to your living room. Samsung Pay on Samsung Smart TVs. No, it's not going to make it easier to buy that doohickey you saw on the home shopping channel. It will, instead, let you easily pay for digital content that is coming to the Smart TVs.

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The Gear A will have a rotating bezel, Samsung confirms

The Gear A will have a rotating bezel, Samsung confirms

While all eyes are on the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ for next month's Samsung event, there is one little guy that will also be vying for the spotlight. And by little, we mean smartwatch size. Yes, the Gear A/Orbis might also be making a debut in two weeks time and it might be Samsung's most significant smartwatch yet. Unless you consider its other smartwatches significant. And no, it won't be because of the stubborn Tizen OS inside. This time, it's all about the bezels.

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Samsung Gear A round smartwatch details revealed

Samsung Gear A round smartwatch details revealed

Samsung's first round smartwatch's details arrive in the form of early developer specifications. What we're looking at here is more than just the first wave of software specs - here we've got a set of hardware specs as well. The resting conglomeration of details has us understanding more about this smartwatch than we usually are able to glean from a smartwatch that's just been launched. It's expected that this "Samsung Gear A" will be launched directly alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

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Samsung Z3 tipped for 5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen

Samsung Z3 tipped for 5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen

Samsung is tipped to be working on a new smartphone that will be powered by the Tizen operating system. The very first smartphone that Samsung launched running its Tizen OS was the Samsung Z1, which was an entry-level device that wanted to compete with basic entry-level Windows and Android devices. Rumors are now swirling that Samsung is working on a replacement for that device called the Samsung Z3.

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