Samsung releases Gear SDK to developers for upcoming Smartwatch

Samsung has released the SDK for its upcoming Gear smartwatch to the developers who signed up for the early access program.

Developers can now download the Tizen SDK 2.3.1 RC7 for Mac (64-bit), Ubuntu (32- and 64-bit), and Windows (32- and 64-bit) platforms. Samsung has also provided comprehensive documentation to help developers understand the new Tizen UI, which is specifically designed for smartwatches.

The SDK contains an install manager, IDE, development assisting tools, documentation, sample apps, and platform images.

The documentation also mentions the rotating bezel for the upcoming Gear smartwatch, and there is a comprehensive explanation of using it for page navigation inside apps and for device controls.

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According to the documents, Samsung’s internal name for the device is Project Orbis. It currently features a 1.65-inch 360 x 360 resolution (305 ppi) resolution touchscreen display.

Additionally, it also seems that Samsung will release Orbis with both WiFi and cellular connectivity, as well as a GPS chip, an accelerometer, a heart rate monitor and an assortment of pressure and magnetic sensors.

It will run on Tizen, and it will feature a circular Super AMOLED display, a rotating bezel, Exynos processor, Wi-Fi, cellular connectivity, Bluetooth, and calling support.

Users can use the rotating bezel to get to a desired item in a list.