Samsung's Gear S2 is its first round faced wearable and Samsung is attempting to boost its prospects through the holiday season with a sweeping and extensive update. The smartwatch will be competing against the likes of the Apple Watch, Moto 360, and Huawei Watch this Christmas, and with Apple likely to lead the pack Samsung is competing for best of the rest.
Samsung received some huge news today as it was revealed the company's own Tizen platform as overtaken BlackBerry as the fourth largest mobile platform on the market. That is according to Strategy Analytics (which is always right by the way), with Samsung's OS apparently surpassing BlackBerry during the third quarter running June 1 through September 30.
Samsung has expanded its own Tizen platform hardware with the release of a new smartphone, the Samsung Z3. Like previous Tizen handsets, the Z3 sports entry level hardware and is targeted for emerging markets, including in India, where the smartphone is landing as an exclusive device. The official launch of the Samsung Z3 today means the Tizen platform now has two smartphones, with the Z1 already available.
As promised, Samsung has released its Gear S2 smartwatch in the United States, with the wearable going on sale in the country on Friday (Oct 2). Those of you interested in getting one of them may be disappointed to see that Samsung has only made the Dark Grey variant so far, of course if Dark Grey is your thing then you're set.
Samsung has unveiled its wearable ahead of IFA in Berlin and like the company's smartphone output of late, there is a premium edge to the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic.
Samsung has not been too ambitious with its Tizen based smartphone so far, but the company certainly has huge plans for its own platform in the long term. The Z1 launched in India and so far is Samsung's only Tizen smartphone (the company's wearables also run the OS), but the Korean giant is going to spread Tizen's wings and may even launch a new smartphone in the process.
Samsung launched its first Tizen based smartphone, the Z1, earlier in the year and the device has enjoyed solid sales in India. Now the South Korean company is going to expand its own platform further by launching a sequel which will be called (surprise, surprise) the Z2. The new handset is going to apparently launch during the first half of this year, although that would mean it should land in the next two months.
Samsung was one of the first major smartphone brands (along with Sony) to put a smartwatch on the market, a couple of years earlier than most of its rivals. However, the Apple Watch has swept in and stolen the limelight and will probably steal the sales too, so while Samsung's previous smartwatch efforts have been solid, it is probably time for the company to knuckle down and deliver spectacular.
Samsung does not like to hang around and the company has already said that it plans to launch numerous smartphones (and indeed products) carrying its Tizen platform this year. The first Tizen based smartphone, the Samsung Z1, launched back in January and reports suggest that the Korean company is already planning a follow up.
Samsung launched the Z1, the company's first ever Tizen based smartphone, earlier this month and there are some contrasting reports about how it's doing. Just last week, Reuters said that the handset was struggling to find its feet in India, where it is exclusively available at the moment. A new report this week from Business Korea is contradicting that and saying the Samsung Z1 is actually doing well.