SAMSUNG TRIES GALAXY GEAR WATCHES NOW WITH TIZEN $FB $TSG $INTC $FB $GOOG $AAPL

On Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung announced the release of two new smart watches called Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.  Unlike their predecessor smart watch from Samsung, which was powered by Android, these new models use the Tizen operating system.

To date most of Samsung’s mobile devices have been powered by Android.  Tizen is a way for Samsung to reduce its dependence on Google.  Tizen operating system is based on Linux and is governed by a Technical Steering Group (TSG) in which Samsung (SSNLF) and Intel (INTC) are the major influencers.

Consumers will not notice the switch from Android to Tizen.  The biggest outward change is that the new watch straps are interchangeable, no longer integrated into the hardware.  The concept is very similar to highly successful Swatch watches from Switzerland when they debuted in the 1980s…Read more at Forbes
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