Samsung teases upcoming round-faced smartwatch


Samsung on Friday rolled out teasing pictures of its round faced next-generation smartwatch.

The South Korean tech giant updated its developer portal to show off a giant, circular watch face with the tag line, “Get ready for the next Gear.”

Underneath is a series of smaller watch faces, all circles, showing different functions of the gear, like notifications, Google Maps, news, time and date and so forth.

Samsung’s new teaser shows a handful of big names on board including CNN, Yelp, Baidu, FidMe, and Apposter.

“We are collaborating with our global partners to provide a better Samsung Gear experience for users,” the new teaser poster reads.

“We welcome more developers to join us on this journey.”

The tech giant also announced that it will give developers early access to its development tools, so they can build new apps for the upcoming Gear device. This will be the first time that Samsung has released wearable software development kits to third parties before an official product announcement.

“Samsung has actively adapted its approach to wearable device development as the leader of the rapidly developing category,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

“Through meaningful and progressive innovation, Samsung welcomes to developers and industry leaders to join this open collaboration effort to enrich and create unique user experiences for a new smart mobile life.”

To join the program, developers will be required to submit an application on Samsung’s developer website. They’ll then be notified via email when the development resources are available. Sign-ups begin Friday.

Samsung is yet to announce more details on the new Gear smartwatch, such as its release date or pricing details.