Even in an industry known for evolving at an impossibly quick pace, it’s rare for a product to be replaced in just five months. If you’ve read our review of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, however, it probably makes sense why the manufacturer would want to antiquate it as soon as possible — while an interesting concept, the wearable was clearly half-baked. This morning, Samsung is starting off Mobile World Congress by announcing the Gear 2 (shown above, right) and the camera-less Gear 2 Neo (above, left), both of which (the company hopes) will address most of its predecessor’s pain points when it arrives in stores worldwide this April.
The absence of Galaxy branding is no typo, by the way; the new Gear will run on the Tizen operating system, a platform which Samsung has been investing large amounts of money and resources into. It’s not the company’s first device running that OS — that honor goes to the NX300M camera — but regardless, it’s hard to know exactly how different the user experience will be on a Tizen-powered smartwatch instead of an Android-based one. According to Samsung, we can expect a battery life of 2-3 days (two to three times better than the first Gear’s one-day life), an “enriched application ecosystem” and some sweeping changes to the external design. Check out the gallery below and join us after the break for more details. by engadget