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Samsung Gear S2 hands-on: getting cozy with Android

Samsung was one of the first to jump into the smartwatch scene with its custom Android-based Galaxy Gear. Back then, not many paid attention to what many labeled as a fad that would disappear in a few months. Now almost two years later, the smartwatch market remains and Samsung is unveiling yet another wearable innovation in the Gear S2 and its rotating bezel control. But before you go knocking this smartwatch because it isn't running Android Wear, perhaps you might want to take a second look. This time, Samsung is making it work with any modern Android smartphone.

Officially official: Samsung Gear S2 Tizen OS-powered smartwatch

We've only been waiting for this and finally, Samsung has unveiled the Gear S2. The new smartwatch is the second-gen Tizen OS-powered wearable from the South Korean giant, ready to rival the Apple Watch and the numerous Android Wear watches in the market. The device was teased less than a couple of weeks ago, with Samsung promising a more fun, personalized, and enhanced smartwatch experience.

Samsung releases full teaser for upcoming Gear S2 smartwatch

At the end of last week’s launch of Samsung’s new phablets, they pulled off a kind of “wait, there’s one more thing” moment when they revealed the teaser video for their next smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2. Obviously since it’s a teaser, not much was revealed, aside from the fact that it’s the OEMs first round smartwatch and that it has a more vibrant display than previous offerings. It also looks serious in taking on rivals Apple Watch and the likes.

Android Wear for Samsung Gear S project now started at XDA

If you’re an owner of one of Samsung’s first curved display devices, a wearable called Samsung Gear S, you might have wondered how it would be to have Android Wear installed on the smartwatch. You see, if you didn’t realize it, the Samsung Gear S smartwatch runs on the proprietary Tizen platform. We won’t try to say anything bad about that, but we can all agree that Android Wear is relatively more universal and as such will have more apps you can use.

Someone got Android Wear (kinda) running on Tizen smartwatches

While Tizen seems to be a pretty decent smartwatch platform, compared to Android Wear, it still seems light years away. And it looks like Samsung, aside from its Gear Live, has no intention of coming out further with wearables that will run on Google's platform and will stick it out with their own. But a developer doesn't want to give up, taking four long months to try and port Android Wear into the Samsung Gear 2, and it looks like finally, he has succeeded.

Samsung Gear S coming to American mobile carriers

We’ve covered the Samsung Gear S from the time it was leaked to its announcement at the IFA 2014 in Berlin – and this is one unique wearable that has its own SIM card and hence, its own data connection. It’s not overly reliant on an Android smartphone for usage, although you can use it with that as well. Good news from Samsung is, starting early November, the Samsung Gear S will be available with major US mobile carriers.

Samsung Gear S smartwatch gets full Opera Mini browser

If you ever looked down at your wrist and wished that your smartwatch could surf the web, Opera has a new browser for you. The new browser is a full-web browser that is designed specifically to run on the Samsung Gear S smartwatch running Tizen. The browser is a version of Opera Mini.

Samsung Gear S arriving this fall in the United States

The latest Samsung wearable will be available in the U.S. this fall but AT&T will add the Samsung Gear S to its current lineup ahead of other carriers. The new smartwatch from Samsung will be ready by September 26, Friday, courtesy of AT&T. The wearable runs its own Tizen wearable OS and comes complete with a curved display, voice support, messaging, and data connectivity.

Fleksy partners with Samsung Gear S smartwatch

Virtual keyboard Fleksy has announced that it is partnering with an OEM for the first time ever and now they are integrated with the new Samsung Gear S. They are the exclusive third-party keyboard to the newest smartwatch from the Korean brand which runs not on the expected Android Wear but on the Tizen platform.

Hands-on with Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch

Is a smartwatch even smarter when it can get online itself? Samsung believes so, hence the new Samsung Gear S, which we've been playing with at Samsung Unpacked at IFA 2014. Pairing a curved 2.2-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 3G modem, the Tizen-toting wearable only plays nice with Samsung's Galaxy range, however.
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