It looks like Sammy is preparing to take Tizen to the next level, with a “Gear Store” possibly in the future for their Gear smartwatches. With the Gear 2, Samsung made the move to make the operating system separate from Android and have it powered by their own Tizen OS, and they recently updated the original Galaxy Gear to Tizen OS from Android.
The launch of the Gear store will contain apps only available for their Tizen powered products, which include the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. A single store for these products could pave the way for better developer support and a wider array of apps and functions for Samsung’s smartwatches.
Samsung’s latest patent in the U.S. Patent Office claims that the store will contain apps and games for not only Samsung’s wearables, but “handheld computers” too, meaning smartphones and tablets I would assume. All of this is further evidence that Samsung wants to keep breaking away from Android and Google Play so that apps revenue can go right to them. It’ll be interesting to see if Samsung also offers a watch based on Google’s new Android Wear operating system at this year’s Google I/O event.
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