Samsung Electronics has just announced today that Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) for Wearables 1.0.0 Beta1 is now available for download on Tizen Developer website. The SDK can be used to develop application for the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo smartwatches announced by Samsung at Mobile World Congress 2014.
The Tizen SDK for Wearable is comprised of tools to develop Tizen wearable applications, including the Tizen wearable IDE, an Emulator, a toolchain, sample applications, and documentation. This SDK is compatible with Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10 (32- or 64-bit), Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit) Service Pack 2 or later, Microsoft Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit), Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (64-bit), Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (64-bit), and Apple Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks (64-bit).
Samsung claims to have over 100 partnerships that will bring apps to their Tizen smartwatches. Existing apps including Atooma (tasks automation), Banjo (social networks), Dacadoo (health and fitness), Feedly (RSS), Focus TRAINR, iHeartRadio, Runtastic, and many more.
The SDK can be downloaded either via an install manager (~5MB), or as a full SDK image (~550MB). Alongside the common web framework (HTML5), there’s also a wearable framework that includes the “context manager” to control various sensors and context data via Motion Web API, and Samsung Accessory Protocol (SAP) communication stack to interact with various smart devices.
More information can be found on Tizen SDK for Wearables’ release notes.