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Samsung Announces the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, Both Run Tizen Instead of Android

Samsung won’t announce the Galaxy S5 until Monday, but they took time out of their Saturday night to unveil their newest wearables, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Notice anything missing? That would be the “Galaxy” tag that was included in the original Gear. I guess you could say “it’s confirmed,” the Gear 2 and Gear 2 are separate from Samsung’s flagship line of phones, which also means they don’t run Android.

Say “Hello!” to the “first wearable powered by Tizen based wearable platform.” And that’s all we know about their relationship to Tizen for now, so let’s talk specs and features. 

Samsung is being pretty light on info for both products at this time, but they are giving us a specs list. You are looking at 1.63″ Super AMOLED displays, 1.0GHz dual-core processors, 2MP camera in the Gear 2 (N/A in the Neo), heart rate sensors, pedometers, music players, Bluetooth, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, and a 300mAh battery (2-3 day life). The camera has been moved from the strap and into the main body on the Gear 2, so no, you will no longer have a nipple on your wrist. Each device also has an IR blaster, so that you can control your TV through WatchON.

Both come with changeable straps, but the Gear 2’s color choices are Charcoal Black, Gold Brown, and Wild Orange, while the Gear 2 Neo will be available in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey, and Wild Orange.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo connect to a “wide variety of Samsung devices.” In other words, don’t get your hopes up on compatibility outside of their Galaxy line.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available “around the world” starting in April.


Gear 2

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Gear 2 Neo

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  • Display:  1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
  • AP: 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • OS:  Tizen based wearable platform
  • Camera:  Gear 2 : 2.0 Megapixel Auto Focus (1920×1080, 1080×1080, 1280×960)
  • Camera:  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
  • Camera Features: Auto Focus Camera, Sound & Shot, Location Tags, Signature
  • Fitness Features:  1.Heart Rate sensor, 2.Pedometer, 3.Exercise, 4.Sleep & Stress (Downloadable)
    • Standalone Modes: Running, Walking
    • Companion Modes: Cycling, Hiking
  • 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, Samsung Services
  • Samsung Apps
  • Connectivity:  Bluetooth® v4.0 LE, IrLED
  • Sensor:  Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate
  • Memory:  RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
  • Dimension:  Gear 2 : 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g; Gear 2 Neo : 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
  • Battery:  Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAh; Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days

Press Release

Samsung Offers Unmatched Freedom and Style with the Next Generation of Gear devices

February 23, 2014

The stylish Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo offer consumers increased connectivity, customization, and control

Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo designed to take the freedom, convenience and style of wearable technology to the next level. The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo offer consumers enhanced connectivity and a completely integrated approach for the most personal wearable experience.

“Samsung continues to lead innovation in the wearable market by creating devices that are completely integrated into the lives of consumers through extended connectivity features, stylish customization options and a robust application ecosystem,” Said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, we have enhanced everything consumers love about the Gear to offer unparalleled smart freedom in their everyday life.”

The next generation of mobile freedom
Samsung achieved a significant improvement as a leading smart wearable provider with Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Both devices offer a lightweight design with premium finishes that reflect modern trends.

A Camera is equipped to a main body instead to strap, making the Samsung Gear 2 a sleek and sharp smart companion. Consumers are now available to express their mood or coordinate with their outfit with modern and sophisticated strap color options including Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange for Gear2 and Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange for Gear2 Neo. The home screen background, clock face and font are also customizable to reflect their personal taste.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are essential companion devices, allow users to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, and providing instant notification options based on a user’s activity and habits.

Both devices act as an extension of a consumer’s daily life, offering users more control of their lives with standalone features, such as controlling electronic products such as TV, settop box through WatchON Remote application in their own home with an embedded IrLED sensor. The addition of a standalone music player with Bluetooth headset means people can leave their smartphone at home and still enjoy their music on the go.

Both devices also offer personal fitness coaching in real time, allowing users to develop a customizable fitness routine and monitor their heart rate in order to improve their overall well-being.

Finally, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo let users connect to a wide variety of Samsung devices and access an enriched application ecosystem as the first wearable powered by Tizen based wearable platform. Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are compatible with more than dozens of Samsung Galaxy smartphones at launch.

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be available around the world starting from April. Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com or m.samsungmobilepress.com.

  • chris_johns

    Still…cant understand….why you would ever….i mean ever….need a camera on your wrist…like…come on

  • chris_johns

    even their watch has the home button now lmaoo…take that apple!

  • rdoib

    Samsung wants to copy apple again and have its own OS, you know why ? because it wants to make more money, none should complaint every company exists to make money.

  • crazed_z06

    The refinements look good. I hope the android and tizen gears can run the same apps and such.

    It’ll be a real scumbag move on Samsung’s part if the gear1 becomes abandoned

    • wmsco1

      You bring up a good point. Wearables how long will they continue to update? Will they follow the 18 mth. agreement? What are the term’s?

  • Vantius

    While I would never buy a smart watch in their current state, I would if there was one made in partnership with one of the major watchmakers. I do see the Gear 2/Neo failing with it being locked to only Samsung phones.

    I don’t see people being all up in arms with it running Tizen. The Gear 2 is a watch, so I can see Tizen’s place in the wearable market. If Samsung plays their cards right, they could make Tizen into the OS that runs on their appliances (the Gear, TV, fridge, washer and dryers). This might not be a bad thing. Appliances and wearables do not need a plethora of apps to function. In the case of the Gear it functions as an extension of your Samsung phone. I see it as something that could be versatile to fit into these different appliances. So if it is on a fridge, it would be tooled to function better for a fridge.

  • p0k3y

    So why do we bother with this on Droid-Life, when it no longer runs Droid?

    • chris_johns

      get em!

  • SMD79

    Love the improved specs and sleeker design but the one reason my wife returned her Gear 1 was bluetooth range. She couldn’t leave the room where her phone was when at home and walk to another room 20 feet away without dropping signal.

    IR = awesome.
    Battery life = much better
    Water resistance = about time
    New design = very welcome changes


    Bluetooth Range = limited when at home and you want to not have your phone with you. Wish all these smart watches had a 100 foot range.

    Charging port = Doh! Not the cradle again.

    Price = not sure yet but these things should be $199 or less, not $299.

    These were my experiences any way.

  • wmsco1

    So is it compatible with playstore and will the Android community support Tizen. I don’t know how I feel about this? I need my psychiatrist, RON>>>RON……Ron Help “Need more input” RON…LOL

  • Intellectua1

    We’ll see how this goes, personally I’m still waiting on the Razer Nabu

  • kobi brooks
  • mule0331

    My initial question would be, since I use hangouts for all my messaging, and this doesnt run Android, will it still deliver my messages to the watch?

  • Tony Byatt

    I don’t understand some folks’ outrage about this Tizen…

    Does the OS matter on the Pebble?


    • The Narrator

      Because it’s obvious that they want to move away from Android, regardless of what people say.

      • Adrynalyne

        I say let them.

        • The Narrator

          It’s not good for Google. With Samsung’s large fanbase, they’ll buy whatever they put out and not take a second look at what OS it’s running. (Besides the smart ones who do)

          • Adrynalyne

            It will bring new flavor to the market too. I am sure someone will chime in soon and say Samsung made Android what it is, and that Android will die without them. Completely ignoring the fact that Android gave Samsung the opportunity to succeed, and without it, they wouldn’t be where they are.

          • chris_johns

            id say 90%

          • Tim242

            If they do, they would surely return it when they can’t find their apps. You are silly.

          • The Narrator

            They didn’t do that when they switched from ios.

          • Tim242

            What are you talking about? Android has around 1,000,000 apps. Tizen has about 5. Not to mention, they would be without Google services. Take the foil hat off already.

          • chris_johns

            are you high? or just stupid…nobody went from iso to android until recently when android was an actual competitor in the feild of apps…nobody went oh ima drop my iphone for a galaxy s or a moto backflip lol

          • chris_johns

            for maybe the first quarter…thene veryone will realize they cant get 95% of their favorite apps becasue their all ON ANDROID NOT TIZEN…theyll flock back

          • Jim Davis

            You misuse “their” in every comment that you’ve posted. I’m not normally a grammar nazi, but it’s really distracting.

            They’re == They are
            Their == Belongs to them

          • chris_johns

            Lol u know what bothers me…typing more then i need to to get my point across… I care about what bothers me much more then what does you…if fact im being nice i honestly dont care one bit what bothers u…Im very well versed in correct grammar and have an extensive vocabulary…i apologize if it brothers you i dont choose to use it bc Im lazy n just dont care

          • Jim Davis

            More THAN you need to get your point across. I think you just made my point for me. THEN and THAN– same number of letters, but only one is grammatically correct. You misused it twice.

          • chris_johns

            Not sure wear your going with this…mist be bored or just like me

        • chris_johns

          might be one the first times ive liked your comment…..but i wholeheartedly agree…let them move away and let Moto(lenovo) LG or HTC even Sony fight for the top spot of the android kingdom…and i can stand n laugh as i watch samsung mobile fail thinking their apple

      • Tony Byatt

        I must have missed that announcement stating Samsung is moving away from Android…


        • The Narrator

          Buying into a totally different OS is nothing? Yeah no I guess they wanted to throw money cause they have it. Believe what you want. I’m just calling it now.

          • Adrynalyne

            Don’t forget they have done this before with Bada.

        • Stone Cold

          Making their own OS for if Android was to ever fall out of favor with the masses. Unless Tizen is going to be only released in China it may do well but true brand loyalty is a thing of the past as the thing that made people love the experience of the device in the past may eventually drive a people from it.

      • Tim242

        I guess a 10 year signed agreement with Google isn’t enough to convince you otherwise. I already explained to you why they can’t move away from Android. It would be financial suicide. This is a watch, nothing more, nothing less.

      • chris_johns

        so?…id be so happy to see samsung leave….let Moto(lenovo) LG or HTC get way more love….would be a good thing let samsung fail thinking their apple

        • Beavis



          • chris_johns

            You must be a really stupid person in person if you have to make yourself feel smart by correcting someones grammer while posting in a message board or comment section w.e u wanna call it…especially when that person is absolutely way smarter then u are and can give two flying shits about their grammer bc they are tyling fast at work…but keep doing you guy

  • flosserelli

    This will be another giveaway item in 6 months. Buy a Samsung TV/washer/dryer/laptop and get a free Gear 2.

  • Dan Churco

    Still missing GPS…. so close though. Tizen is ok if it works well.

  • Wyveryx

    Perhaps off topic here, but seeing as this isn’t running a version of android had me thinking about the different aspects of Android….So…

    When are you guys going to bring back Custom Rom Fridays? That’s one of the best things about Android, is the extreme customizability, even in stock form.

  • ChristianPasquariello

    Butt ugly

  • JoeTi

    Next up, the all Tizen GS5! Way to go Sammy! Face palm!

    • Tim242

      I hope you are being sarcastic…

      • ObsidianGT

        I guess “face palm” wasn’t evident enough of it.

        • Tim242

          Since when does face palm = sarcasm?

      • The Narrator

        I wouldn’t be surprised. Samsung is out for themselves at this point.

        • Tim242

          There is so much wrong with that comment. Samsung, like any company, is always out for themselves. That’s the reason they are in business, and how they stay there. Android on a watch makes no sense. Smart watches themselves make no sense, but I digress. Tizen is a lighter OS, which gives them better battery life. Android is overkill on a watch. Samsung will not put Tizen on flagship phones. Android and Google services is why they are where they are. They aren’t about to give that up.

          • The Narrator

            Lol, we’ll see.

    • xpyroxcorex

      No g just s5. Tizen won’t be galaxy.

  • Alex Boro

    So the only difference is it’s running tizen and better specs? Still useless.

    • crazed_z06

      How is it “useless”?

  • Daniel Renfroe

    No GPS?

    • flosserelli

      GPS would drain that 315 mAh battery faster than a fat kid eats cake.

    • crazed_z06

      No need for the watch to have its own GPS receiver. Would eat too much battery.

      The watch uses GPS from the phone. It works well for running and fitness apps.

  • Feed Jake

    I see they added a heart rate monitor. That’s a plus for those who are looking for a fitness band. Seems like a missing feature on many of the current ones out there. I may be wrong but I haven’t noticed it listed as an option on others.

  • Radgatt

    The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo connect to a “wide variety of Samsung devices.”

    Once I read this there was no need to continue. Man if Pebble, fitbit, and jawbone can make smart watches/fitness bands that will work with any phone then why can’t Samsung? Even Nike with the fuel band will eventually be out on Android. This could have had numerous people buying it but Samsung must not know of everyone that doesn’t have a Galaxy phone.

    • Cael

      Because Samsung wants you to buy Samsung.

    • opustv

      Just returned my Fitbit Force in the recall. Good time for someone to unleash a replacement with better tech and usefulness.

  • Josh Jones

    Here to chime in with yet another battery gripe: 300Mah. The Gear 1 has pretty bad battery life and it’s got a 315MaH Battery and a less powerful processor. Maybe Tizen is super well optimized (i sincerely doubt it given their inability to optimize Touchwiz for the past few years.) and works some wonders we’re not aware of- But both battery-related components have been taken down a notch in terms of endurance and they’re still quoting the same 2-3 days of use? Don’t pull my chain, Samsung.

    At least it has a better resistance rating for water and dust. thanks for listening to at least one complaint, samsung.

    • crazed_z06

      Do you have one?

      Depending on usage, I get 3 days on mine.

    • Tomek G

      That’s why I love my pebble, it is low end crude device but does exactly what I needed it to do. Plus it lasts over a week

  • b00sted

    So this sucks balls but since built on open source maybe kernel will be open and can have android port? I may be talking out my ass too.. lol

  • The question is will be they talking about Tizen as much as they talk about their Galaxy series running Android? 🙂

    • CoreRooted

      They have been talking Tizen for years now. It’s been known for at least two years now that they would prefer to ship devices with Tizen instead of Android. I’m not surprised at all that they would try it first with a smartwatch.

  • dizel123

    I run Tizen too. So I should be able to plug the phone into the USB port behind my ear. Yippee

  • Trevor

    If these are the exact same thing except for the Neo not having a camera, why is the Neo larger?

  • Chris VanAnden

    I’m getting really tired of apples proprietary devices….gr…I mean samsungs…whatever.

  • Brent Cooper

    Does this have an always on display? If my memory is right, im thinkimg the galaxy gear was not an always on display, like the Pebble is.

  • tu3218

    Does it still require Samsung phones to work?

  • Brian Wolfman

    And once again, why would I buy this when I have a LG G2?

    • CHRIS42060

      because the LG G2 would look pretty goofy on your wrist. Honestly though you are right. Samsung needs to realize that these will not sell well until they expand them outside of Samsung phones.

    • Cael

      Samsung wants you to ditch your G2.

  • The Narrator
    • Chris

      Google will do what ever they want when they see fit

      • The Narrator

        Nah, i expect them to go all Hitler and shut down a whole company and burn it to the ground/ s

  • Don’t know if I read the press release wrong, but I don’t see any difference between the Gear2 and Gear2 Neo -_-

    Edit: never mind, it’s the camera

    • Hockeypuck55

      Colors available and the Neo does not have a camera

      • Yup, just saw that. Thanks.

  • Hey

    No word on compatibility?

    • Sorry, added that. Says compatible with Galaxy devices, that’s it.

      • ToddAwesome


  • Jeremy Wray

    And thus the failure that will be Tizen begins……

  • S9779

    So they can no longer be used to make calls. Or use speech to send text messages. Sounds like a step backwards to me.

    • The Narrator

      “The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are essential companion devices, allow users to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, and providing instant notification options based on a user’s activity and habits.”
      Nothing about sending messages. Maybe more info later.

    • hot_spare

      Where is that mentioned??
      Article says “allow users to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages..”

      • S9779

        I don’t see any mention of a speaker it was on the band before. But after rereading it does say noise cancellation and s voice. So it might still be there.