In general, there are quite a number of things we already now regarding Samsung’s new Gear S2 smartwatch. One such detail is the existence of rotating bezel on the watch which is used to interact with it alongside a separate Home and Back button. However, we don’t really know how that looks it real life until the Gear S2 showcase that took place in Berlin just a short while ago.
Referred to as Circular UX, the rotating bezel allows users to quickly move from one notifications or widgets to another on the watch’s main screen. It also can be used to choose apps on the App Tray screen, scroll through list or long e-mails, zooming in and out on a map, and between screens within an app.
In a way, the rotating bezels generally solves the problem where user’s finger is blocking the view or too big to pinch and zoom on the display. It also seems easier to hold due to its size as opposed to the smaller size controller like Apple Watch’s Digital Crown.
In terms of personalization, Samsung is open to users having their own watch faces on Gear S2 even though the watch does come with its own set of watch faces from Samsung. Since the Gear S2 is built with NFC, users are able to utilize Samsung Pay through the watch at outlets that supports the payment system.
Not surprisingly, Samsung are working with plenty of renowned companies such as ebay, Twitter, Line, ESPN, CNN, Nike, Uber, Volkswagen, and more to come out with their own app for Gear S2. In fact, the company has publically released the Gear S2’s SDK for any developers out there that are interesting in developing apps for the watch.
Meanwhile, the Gear S2 will also support non-Samsung devices. That being said, such devices must run on Android 4.4 and above as well as have at least 1.5 GB of RAM. As for pricing, Samsung still has yet to reveal the price tags for either Gear S2 or Gear S2 classic but users can still expect to see them in the market starting from this coming October.
Of course, we’ll keep you posted once Samsung Malaysia is ready to announce them for our market.