So here’s where we’re at with the Gear S2: it’s a well designed, easy to use smartwatch that makes a good complement to your Android smartphone. If checking notifications, tracking the basics of your physical activity, controlling music, and getting small bits of info are all you want from a smartwatch, the S2 fills all of those needs.
But if you look at smartwatches as an entirely new medium for which developers have yet to fully exploit, the S2 should give you pause. It’s entirely possible, likely even, that Samsung â€‹won’t get the developer support it needs to strengthen the S2’s platform. Pebble has been able to do that to a limited extent, but history tells us the odds of that happening again are arguably low.
Harsh, but true. The Gear S2 looks like a decent smartwatch with an interesting and useful interaction model, but we all know the likelihood of any serious developer support for Tizen is small, at best.
And there are plenty of ‘apps’ for it. None really that I can think of that are missing. Sure the ones it does have could probably use some improvements, and some of the watch faces seem to miss the mark on functionality. But all around it’s pretty decent as far as application support for it.
I think the real problem is brought up in the question of, do we really need a smart watch? Besides telling time, a quick question / answer thing, or maybe even using it on a run with headphones attached. What else would you really need it to do? Maybe if they can get them so that they can handle deep underwater pressures you could use it as a diving watch.
I think it’s kind of the same thing as when Smart phones came along though, I mean really when they first released there wasn’t a whole lot of use for them. I rather like Tizen, though I haven’t really played with Android Wear, I’m hoping at some point we get something like the Tizen app store that will work across all Tizen based devices. Then the same Netflix app you run on your Samsung TV would run on your wrist as well.