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Samsung releases Gear G2 SDK

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Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced the public release of its Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) for the recently unveiled Samsung Gear S2 wearable device.
As smart technology becomes more commonplace, the uses for wearables in the workplace are ever-evolving. Samsung is continuously investing in its partner ecosystem to develop innovations for purpose-built applications and vertical industry solutions. The Gear S2 provides capabilities that can redefine the mobile experiences and streamline existing workflows while opening up possibilities for new, state-of-the-art business practices.
“The Gear S2 represents a great opportunity for enterprise app developers,” explains Paulo Ferreira, director of enterprise mobility at Samsung SA. “Wearable technology offers something that businesses have wanted for years from their mobile devices: at-a-glance access to actionable data and greater hands-free functionality. We are excited to be providing developers with the tools in order to take this functionality to the next level.”
Thanks to the early access programme, over a thousand applications for the Samsung Gear S2 are already available to users. This is in addition to the five thousand apps already available to Samsung Gear users.
A Gear S2 seller site has been opened for developers and partners to start registering their Gear S2 applications.
The Samsung Gear S2 SDK offers the following advantages:
* Enhanced Standalone Features: Enhanced standalone Samsung Gear S2 apps can be created with network, call and location-based application program interfaces (APIs) with the freedom to connect to 3G networks without a smartphone.
* Web and Native Apps: Furthermore, developers can build both Web and Native apps with the new SDK. Tizen Native APIs enable them to build fast, light-weight, beautiful apps with EFL (Enlightenment Foundation Libraries).
* Support for Android: Connect to Android phones*, including but not limited to Samsung models. Wider device coverage will help to reach more users.
“Wearables can vividly raise the productivity level of “desk-less” employees1 and with our SDKs, developers can help businesses to realise the full potential of the Gear S2 within the enterprise environment,” Ferreira says.