February 26, 2014
Samsung Gear Fit runs on a severely locked OS which isn’t Android nor Tizen
Samsung has unveiled its new flagship smartphone Galaxy S5 and three new wearable devices – Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit – at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Spain. Though the Samsung Gear Fit is all new and stands alone on its own but the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have clearly evolved out of the previous generation smartwatch by Samsung. But the Korean company is taking a different route with the wearables this time; rather than running on an Android OS, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have a new open source operating system named Tizen. But the Gear Fit, which is a simple fitness wearable, doesn’t even run on Tizen or Android but has a more basic OS specially made for it.
Samsung hasn’t really confirmed the OS powering the Gear Fit, but the company says that the basic OS helps the device run smoother and gives it a better battery life. But it has serious drawbacks linked to it as the OS is severely locked down and there will be no API or SDK for it and Samsung will themselves make apps and update them. A locked down OS means no app ecosystem which really limits the capability of the device. What makes the things worse is that the Geat Fit standalone has very limited features and needs to be faired with a Galaxy smartphone. Now that’s a bummer for those who want to buy a Samsung Gear Fit or for that matter the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo but don’t want a galaxy device