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    Releasing a smartwatch in this day and age is a massive undertaking. You can't just throw together some hardware, have it pull notifications from your phone over Bluetooth, and call it a day; maybe that flew in years past, but today's smartwatch users demands a much more fleshed-out experience. Maybe more than anything, we want apps. Samsung switched platforms from Android to Tizen with the release of the Gear 2 (and Gear 2 Neo), and while that gives the company a bit of a fresh start, it also means that we're starting from square one when it comes to software. Today, Samsung takes the ...

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    Samsung introduced its second-gen Galaxy Gear – this time shortened to simply the “Gear 2” - over a week ago. News of the smartwatch arrived alongside that of the camera-less Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit fitness tracker. Samsung shared details about software features, product specs, and even confirmed that sales of these models would begin sometime in April; really, we had everything we could hope to know except for pricing. While we still haven't seen any official numbers, some figures have managed to leak out this week, and assuming they're in the right ballpark, it looks like this ...

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    Forty-four videos and untold news stories later, MWC 2014 is finally on the cusp of winding down - but there's still more to "unpack" from Monday's Samsung event. After yesterday's editorials on the ups and downs of the company's recent moves with its flagship smartphone, today's agenda starts with something much smaller: the Gear Fit, and how it might save Samsung from smart watch mediocrity. First some background: I was standing outside the entrance to Samsung's Galaxy Studio in New York City on Monday, waiting to be let in for the Unpacked press event, when a familiar person sighted me ...

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    When we asked a Samsung rep to clarify the differences between the Gear 2 Neo and its simply named (but better-endowed) sibling at today's Unpacked event, we were surprised to learn just how shallow those differences were. The Neo drops the camera, leaving the IR port to fend for itself in its tiny porthole up top, but aside from the accompanying reduction in size and mass, the watches are essentially identical. That means the Gear 2 Neo packs the same Tizen OS, the same heart rate sensor around back, the same 4GB of local storage, and the same tightened hardware build that allows for ...

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    When a company churns out its first smart watch after less than a year's development, then follows it up with a sequel less than six months later, there's something funky going on. So what does it mean when a company releases not one, but two sequels to its half-baked initial offering, announcing them alongside a funky fitness bracelet and the headlining Android smartphone for 2014? It says the company is determined to make a meaningful splash in the wearables space before its competitors get the chance, and it's taking a typical Samsung approach to getting there. To be sure, the Gear 2 ...

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    Samsung's Unpacked event is now a wrap, having introduced us to the Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, and reacquainting us with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Those represent the major devices we were hoping to see, but there have been a few notable no-shows from Samsung so far at MWC: what about those non-PRO Tab 4 models? What about a long-overdue Tizen phone? Despite Tizen being the new platform for the Gear 2 smartwatches, its future with smartphones gets dealt another setback today, with Samsung CEO J.K. Shin saying that it's still “too early for a smartphone with Tizen.” In a story that's ...

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    No, you didn't accidentally sleep through the weekend and it's Monday already, when Samsung will be throwing its Unpacked 5 event. While we've still got another day to go before we expect Samsung to take the lid off the Galaxy S 5, one of the other big announcements we were looking forward to from the company's MWC showcase has gone official just a little prematurely, and overnight Samsung confirmed its latest smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo That's right: no more “Galaxy” this time around – just the Gear 2 (or 2 Neo). So what's new about these smartwatches, and what has ...

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    Getting a little sick and tired of MWC-rumor-this and MWC-rumor-that? Do you crave answers and official product announcements? Well, get yourself ready for a few days' worth of redemption, as MWC events start kicking off this weekend, bringing you hard news of all these products that have otherwise been so darn nebulous. We've got Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the ground in Barcelona, and the Pocketnow team back home will be supporting them, bringing you news of all the latest MWC developments while they go in search of getting you hands-on looks at this flood of new hardware. There's ...

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    Something needs to change with the Galaxy Gear. Samsung's aware of this, and for a while now we've been expecting the company to prepare a second-gen Galaxy Gear for this spring, hoping to correct some of the missteps the first smartwatch made. But what, exactly, could Samsung be hoping to change? Would it finally open the watch up to operation with non-Samsung Androids? Could it significantly improve the watch's battery life? What about doing something about that big camera bulge on the strap? As we wait for answers, an unexpected theory crosses our desk, with the suggestion that Samsung ...

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    So much of our Tizen coverage is focused on Samsung that's it's easy to forget that this is not some one-man show. Up front, we've got Samsung and Intel in the lead, but there are a number of other companies involved as members and partners of the Tizen Association. Those include OEMs like Huawei, as well as carriers and software firms. This week, a whole bunch of new names join the effort, including a couple you should recognize. Out of the 15 new Tizen Association members, the most interesting may be ZTE. Along with Huawei, it represents one of the more prominent OEMs to get involved ...

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    The idea that Samsung could deliver the Galaxy S 5 in multiple hardware configurations with differences more profound than simply SoC choice and radio support is one with a fair amount of support behind it – it may not be a certainty, but no one would be surprised should something like that end up being confirmed. But while trying to suss-out the meaning behind all those GS5 model numbers may be a full-time job in and of itself, the phone is far from the only hardware in Samsung's pipeline, and today we hear a little about a couple new models from different families, a new “Value ...

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    We're all familiar with Samsung's Tizen efforts, and how the phone-maker is trying to somehow either compete with Android and iOS, or secure a position of survival should its Android plans, at one point, fail. However, that's a very brave hypothesis as Samsung is currently the most successful Android OEM, and the company has recently signed a ten-year cross-licensing agreement with Google (though Mountain View is trying to limit Samsung's customization of Android lately). The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung's Tizen plans are hitting some roadblocks though, in the form of carriers ...

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    As we gear up in anticipation of Tizen's inevitable commercial launch, we've been having more and more chances lately to check out some of the platform's hardware. On Monday we had that render, followed by an in-the-wild shot on Tuesday. The latter we were told showed Samsung's model SM-Z9005, and that's the very hardware we return to focus on today, upon the discovery of an eBay listing for the Tizen smartphone. A little confused at what you see? That's understandable, because we've witnessed two distinct looks for hardware claiming to be model SM-Z9005. Last fall, we learned about ...

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    "Welcome to the Tizen Association, an industry consortium dedicated to providing in-market support and actively shaping the industry presence of Tizen." That's the message which appears when you visit tizenassociation.org. And I want to focus on the latter half of that sentence: "… dedicated to providing in-market support and actively shaping the industry presence of Tizen." In 2013, Tizen was mentioned here and there, devices were rumored, and we got a few glimpses at what to expect on the software side of things. The unofficial progress reports showed the platform growing and ...

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    Last year, we were lucky to hear about developments in the Tizen world maybe once or twice a month. But the arrival of 2014 has really seen Tizen taking on a higher profile, and as we anticipate the coming launch of its first commercial hardware, more and more Tizen news has been coming out of the woodwork. Yesterday we checked out a possible render of a Tizen handset, though we had a few reservations about just how legitimate it might be. Today we follow that up with an in-the-wild shot of some more Tizen hardware, and this time with a lot more certainty that we're looking at the real ...

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