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This article was published on March 17, 2014

Samsung releases Tizen SDK for wearables to attract new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo apps

Samsung releases Tizen SDK for wearables to attract new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo apps
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Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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.

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