Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear smart watches may not run the exciting new Android Wear platform made by Google, but they still get the job done. Samsung seems intent on busting any misconceptions that their smart watches don’t have any apps as they’ve posted a pretty convincing infographic to show just how big their ecosystem has gotten.
Samsung says over 1,000 apps made specifically for their Gear watches have been made available, from fitness aids like Drink Water and Runtastic to other miscellaneous needs such as babysitting (and, of course, all the other geeky stuff you can dream of in between). Increasing awareness of their ecosystem is quite important for the growth of their platform, especially now that they have the might of the Google Play Store to contend with.
Samsung’s benefited from a pretty big head start in that regard, but it won’t be long before Android Wear catches up and developers are building functionality into the apps we already use. Of course, Samsung wouldn’t mind considering they have an Android Wear product of their own on the market, but whether they’ll make any others remains to be seen. Be sure to head through to the source link for the full infographic if you’re interested.
[via Samsung Tomorrow]
Android Wear or gtfo, Samsung.
Word, no point in getting locked into a single hardware makers store and software. If I wanted that I would have gone apple.
990 of those apps are watchfaces and wallpaper.
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This will probably be the case for AndroidWear as well. Smartwatches are in their infancy. Just think of the early darker days of Android,
The store UI is absolutely awful to use, you can’t see reviews anymore, the categories are an absolute mess (a lot of overlap), and the general selection (as mentioned) is mostly just watch faces and wallpapers. The big companies that announced their apps to bring over when the Gear 2 was unveiled, only a handful have followed through.
I wish Samsung would just stop forcing people into their bloatware and that Google would allow a dedicated section in the Play Store for Gear 2 apps. I’ve installed and kept only 1 app from Samsung’s Gear 2 store. I tried endomodo but after a day of being told every 30 minutes to 1 hour that endomodo is now connected to Gear, I removed it. For now, it’s just Fleksy in the rare times I would find it useful.
Do the Samsung Gear watches still only work with Samsung phones? Is so, that’s a big disadvantage compared to Android Wear-based watches.
Yes it is still the case.
Over 1000 apps and no twitter
square watches are fugly