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#MWC14: Samsung launches new smart watch, Gear 2

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2/Gear 2 Neo

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Samsung launched Sunday a new smart watch, the Gear 2, after a first version won over few critics, adding new features and ditching Google's Android in favour of its own operating system.

The South Korean electronics giant revealed the new watch in an unexpected announcement on the eve of the February 24-27 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung is unveiling on Monday its new flagship smartphone, almost certainly the Galaxy S5, and it had been expected to show off the new watch at the same time.

Besides an array of features including sports tracking software and a heart rate monitor, the Gear 2 marks an important and widely rumoured step towards independence from Android. The watch, available in two models—the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo, which has no camera—will be powered by the Tizen operating system developed by Samsung with various partners to break free of the Android dominance. (By David Williams, AFP News. Article originally appeared here.)

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