As promised, Samsung has released a new software development kit (SDK) for its Tizen-based wearables, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Available to download right now, it gives developers the ability to build apps for its upcoming pair of smartwatches.
The release is notable because, as Engadget notes, Samsung didn’t release a public SDK for its original Android-based Galaxy Gear. Instead, it offered access to select partners which may have ensured a high standard of software, but ultimately limited the number of apps available for the device.
With the new Tizen SDK for wearables, Samsung is making a stronger push to attract developers. Now that Pebble has launched its appstore across both iOS and Android, and with fresh rumors of Apple and Google smartwatches circulating, this is a crucial window for Samsung right now.