Samsung has announced the followup to its Gear Fit fitness tracker, and new wireless earbuds aimed at the fitness crowd. The Gear Fit2 expands on the functions of the predecessor by adding features like GPS tracking and a media player; while the IconX earbuds offer a fitness tracker attached to one’s ears instead.
The Gear Fit2 maintains a profile similar to that of the original Gear Fit, although it has upgraded internals. A GPS tracker allows the Gear Fit2 to operate independently of a smartphone; although the health data can still be shared with fitness apps like Samsung’s S Health.
It also features a new Auto Activity Tracking feature, that allows the smartband to automatically activate when the wearer begins working out. The tracker is able to determine the type of activity being conducted, and will turn on the appropriate tracking app.
It also packs 4GB of storage, and includes a media player. This doesn’t exactly mean that there is 4GB of space for music, as the Tizen OS and other built in apps will likely eat into a chunk of the memory. Despite this, it is a massive improvement over the 16MB storage in the original Gear Fit.
On the other hand, the Samsung IconX is a pair of fitness earbuds. It also includes a built in media player controlled by tapping or swiping on the earbuds themselves. The built in fitness tracker is said to provide audible updates about the wearers progress; but that just sounds like it will end up interrupting the music.