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Samsung released the Galaxy Gear a few short months ago, but the company has just made its second-generation smartwatches official. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have dropped more than the Galaxy branding – these devices aren't running Android at all. Samsung has made the jump to Tizen for its wearables.

Group_Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo look very similar with the new physical home buttons, but the latter lacks a camera sensor. The Neo looks like it has a plastic housing, whereas the Gear 2 is brushed metal. That makes the Neo a bit lighter (55g vs 68g) and also hopefully cheaper. The Neo will come in different colors than the Gear 2 as well. Here are the full specs from Samsung.

  • Display: 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
  • CPU: 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • OS: Tizen based wearable platform
  • Camera: Gear 2 – 2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920x1080, 1080x1080, 1280x960); Gear 2 Neo – N/A
  • Video: Codec: H.264, H.263, Format: 3GP, MP4, HD(720p, @30fps) Playback & Recording
  • Audio: Codec: MP3/AAC/AMR/Vorbis, Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
  • Fitness Features: Heart Rate sensor, Pedometer, Exercise (Standalone Modes: Running, Walking – Companion Modes: Cycling, Hiking), Sleep & Stress
  • Music Player with Bluetooth Headset and Speaker
  • WatchON Remote: Remote Controller via IrLED Sensor
  • Basic Features: Bluetooth Call, Camera, Notification(SMS, E-mail, Apps)
    Media Controller, Schedule, Smart Relay, S Voice, Stopwatch, Timer, Weather
  • More Features (Downloadable): Calculator, ChatON, Flashlight, Quick Settings, Voice Memo
  • Changeable Strap
  • Color Options: Gear 2 : Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange – Gear 2 Neo : Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange
  • IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v4.0 LE, IrLED
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate
  • Memory: RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
  • Dimensions: Gear 2 – 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g; Gear 2 Neo – 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
  • Battery: Li-ion 300mAh
  • Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days

Samsung didn't elaborate on the reason for switching to Tizen, but it's probably a question of battery life. A smartwatch simply needs to add value to the smartphone experience – it doesn't have to run Android itself to be useful. Sony's smartwatch and Pebble both run non-Android operating systems, for example.

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03 Gear 2 black 3 05 Gear 2 gold 2 Group_Gear 2

Gear 2

There are multiple fitness apps and sensors built into the new Gear devices, but they will also connect to a number of Samsung apps like WatchON. Samsung didn't elaborate on compatibility with other brands of smartphone, but did say the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo "are compatible with more than dozens [sic] of Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch." That's vague enough that it could go either way, but I'd still bet on it being Samsung-only.

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17 Gear 2 neo orange 3 Group_Gear 2 Neo 10 Gear 2 neo black 2

Gear 2 Neo

There are no prices available yet, but the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be for sale worldwide in April.

[Samsung]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • pespence

    I may actually be interested in the Neo if the price is right.

  • Jaime

    ZOMG!!!

  • smeddy

    I don't care/mind if it's Tizen as long as it operates flawlessly with Android

    • Justin W

      Including non-Samsung branded hardware would be nice, but I doubt that will happen.

      • hot_spare

        Doubt non-samsung part. They make use of Samsung apps like Chat on or s-voice.

  • Aaron

    $150-ish for the Neo and I might be in for one if I get an S5 with my upgrade in a couple months.

  • NemaCystX

    Looks like Tizen is going to be Sammys focus this year, why else remove the name "Galaxy" from title

    • apfelcake

      Because "Galaxy" is only for Samsung devices running Android

  • Fredy Nativi

    Like I said the Neo didn't have a camera sensor. So clearly android police was wrong. Happens every once in a while. Lol

  • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

    I don't think it is the OS that really matters. These smart watches still lack style.

    • Xan

      I want bezel-less smartwatch

    • Na

      Yeah true. Reminds me of the first electric cars.. but now you cant even tell. These watches are a few years out still and im excited about that

    • jesuguru

      I dunno, that gold/brown one looks decent enough.

    • Paul Tobeck

      and by the looks of the back, they're still using that awkward clamshell charger setup.

    • jpd514

      Look at this video, this Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch is having a lot off class and style.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEHABt2QQyI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

      The class and style will depend of the charisma of the owner, like everything wish class and style.

      To my wrist and to the wrist of million of man and woman in April, the Gear 2 will have class and style.

      Sorry if it don't fit too you...

      • Al McDowall

        That's all well and good, but is it going to add class and style?

  • Lynx

    I was really hoping for one with a nice classy design, almost like the Pebble... It looks just as cartoony as the first one. So disappointed, especially since I was waiting to buy one. I guess the the Pebble for me...

  • _ThaNerd_

    Specs seems worth investing however price is still to be unveiled to make it official.

  • Guest

    I don't think it is the OS that really matters. These smart watches still lack style.

  • Marsg

    I will buy the gear 2 if the price is right, the camera/ flashlight/ and call features could come in handy. I also really like the fitness features. + I work in a lab and were not aloud to use cell phones due to bacteria and stuff so it would be very useful to just glance at my wrist for notifications.

    • Dmitri Smirnov

      I don't see how any regulation against smartphones wouldn't apply to smartwatches.

      • Marsg

        Well with a smartphone you would have to actually touch it to view notifications and there's a lot of bacteria on our screen. With the gear you just glance at your wrist With out having to touch it.

  • b00sted

    I still wish it had android on it, be nice to just sideload any apk's that would want and be good to go.

    • Jephri

      Yeah angry birds on my watch! Wait... Why would I want this?

      • b00sted

        who said anything about angry birds? hangouts? google keep? evernote? the 1000's of others I use for work daily but can't think of after reading such a stupid comment.

        • Dmitri Smirnov

          Oh, yes, because all I ever wanted, was to type on a 1.5" screen. FFS, just make a watch that will work with any smartphone (open the SDK and step away, please), run a week on a single battery charge, throw in a bunch of sensors, BT LE and a decent charger (Qi would be really nice) and you've got a hit.

          But no, Samsung has to make this stuff exclusive for Samsung phones, run a single day on a charge, cram a smarphone OS inside and come up with a proprietary charger.

          • b00sted

            it has a mic for voice to txt and camera for vid chat for such as hangouts. But for the other stuff I agree.

  • Aki

    Personally, I wouldn't buy a smart watch if it doesn't have always on display (showing time). Also I like direction of pebble than Samsung's 'cram all the features you can' approach.

    • Aki I.

      Weird, I don't remember posting this

      • Mkvarner

        Androidpolice rape?

      • godutch

        too drunk too remember yesterday?

      • mustafa

        Same thing happened to me once, my name was greyed out on the post too

  • jpd514

    Smartwatch very nice. Fair, classy and style design, for him and she. Very useful and a lot of interesting features and software. Will continue to be the top Smartwatch on the market.

    Will be a success. Do you want bet?

    • Jephri

      For him and she huh... You must be a Korean covert Samsung employee trying to stir up good will on the blog comment boards.

      • jpd514

        Canadian. French Canadian. And not racist at all.

        Do I make it clear enough to be understand.

        Yes! and that's the goal.

        • Jephri

          Mes excuses. Je ne voulais pas vous offenser. Votre équipe de hockey a très bien joué!

    • danishdhanshe

      Him and she! LOL!

      • DeciduousSprue

        Hey! Just because somebody doesn't have English as a first language, there's no need to take the p!ss.
        At least he (or her) is making an effort. :)

        • mustafa

          He or she*

          • DeciduousSprue

            Did that rustle your hair at all when it whooshed right over your head?

          • Jack Jennings

            I don't think the language is as much of an issue as the blatent fake praise...

    • jesuguru

      So nice...such useful, much classy! Very agree!

      • Forget_you

        lolll

    • Forget_you

      llol. are you one of those people samsung pays to leave that crap?

  • supremekizzle

    Fucking home button on a watch. Are you kidding me Samsung?! Leave that shit behind. No need to copy Apple's singular home button design.

    • abobobilly

      Hey that home button has Round corners. Oh Sammy, Law Suits ... incomin' Yo!

  • Jephri

    Still requires a funky charger I see. That's a bummer

  • lolosoyeah

    Tizen :O

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Bwahaha, told ya they were running Tizen. Galaxy branding drop was not done for nothing

  • http://shywim.fr/ Matthieu Harlé

    1GHz Dual Core = Overkill.

    • Gabriel Hellsing

      The Galaxy Gear has a 1.6GHz Dual Core... Sure, you don't get both cores active by default, and Samsung locked the clock to 800MHz, but with a change of kernel, you can get it all.
      I've unlocked my second core. My watch lasts longer now than it did before i unlocked it. Overkill? Nah.

  • Thomas’

    Even Google's own Android smartwatch will probably not run a full version of Android. So yeah...

  • godutch

    I really don't get the point of these watches, I am so happy my phone freed me from having to wear a watch around my wrist.

    • ins0mn1a

      the thing is that about ten years after freeing me from having to wear a watch, my cellphone also freed me from carrying around physical books, maps, and a laptop, which kind of pushed it into 5"+ territory. not really practical for checking time.

    • Aki I.

      I can understand them for the sensors. Like heart and pedometer ect. .. But otherwise, real, stylish watches are more appealing to me.

      • godutch

        Supposedly the wrist is not the best place to put these sensors (the better heart rate sensor all go on your chest) and the rest of these functions are kind of unnecessary, make the watch bulky and expensive, have low standby.

        I guess it would be cool if you could have runkeeper or strava on your wrist but otherwise it's just overkill

  • ins0mn1a

    36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm? no.

  • Paul Tobeck

    Samsung tends not to learn lessons quickly, so I'm not expecting these to be a huge improvement. Restricting to Samsung phones will still hurt sales. Battery life may be improved, but it looks like it still uses that clamshell charger. The Neo may come in at a more reasonable price, but I doubt it'll hit that magic $150 number, based on the way Samsung has been currently overpricing everything.
    I'm holding off until I see Google's effort, hopefully at I/O. If they can drop controls, notifications and Google Now on my wrist for a reasonable price, I'm in.

  • mike

    I have a Samsung wave running bad a, and its stand by time is Much more than that of both my nexus 5 (like a week, versus about 2 days) and Samsung Galaxy s1 (running similar specs). Stand by time could be a factor

  • Tony Byatt

    I don't understand some folks' outrage about this Tizen...

    Does the OS matter on the Pebble?

    smh.....

  • MarkG54321

    How comes this is even getting coverage on ANDROIDpolice, if it's not Android...

    Lame, really lame. Guess Samsung gifted you aload.

    • BozzyB

      because it's compatible with Android phones...

  • Deeco

    No thanks. Hit me up when the Google Smartwatch is released!

  • Forget_you

    garbage. not only does it look ugly but the damn thing runs tizen? lol. and get over the home button crap. seriously let it go. leave that crap to apple phones. it is not going to make iphone people want your stupid watch

  • saltyzip

    I won't buy one as Samsung is testing the water with Tizen. If the watches sell well then they will try and swap out android for Tizen in the phones next and that won't help take the fight to Apple. It's going to cause a bloody mess.

  • Gunnar Forsgren

    Feels like they are going to continue the invite only ISV partner app development for the watches with Tizen as well and not let third parties develop watch solutions. The Gear continues to be a Galaxy accessory locked to boosting sales for that phone series.

  • OniKyanAE86

    Samsung lost me at Tizen with the Galaxy Gear 2....... but seriously, I have Samsung Galaxy Gear, I installed the custom "_null" rom with the included Triangulum kernel which unlocks the second core and restores the original frequency tables to the CPU. This means the first Galaxy Gear runs at 1.6Ghz dual core (it has the Exynos 4212 processor and Mali-400 GPU). I'm able to run almost any app on this watch. The only thing that would have really sold me on the Gear 2 is more internal memory and/or memory card slot and a bit bigger battery..... and Android OS......

  • sa

    Available Worldwide. Thanks, Samsung. Pay attention Google. There are other countries on earth.

  • nirob

    can i connect with Samsung grand duos with Samsung gear 2 neo