SEOUL Feb 23 Samsung Electronics Co
is to unveil on Sunday its first wearable smartwatch powered by
its Tizen platform in its latest attempt to distance itself from
Google Inc and enhance its software and services.
Samsung has been jointly developing its mobile platform with
Intel Corp, as the dominance of Google's free Android
software, which Samsung uses for its Galaxy line of products,
continues to grow and is now used in almost 80 percent of the
global smartphone market.
The South Korean company is due to unveil two new
smartwatches on Sunday, less than six months after it introduced
the Galaxy Gear wristwatch, then running on Android, to prove
that it is more than just a fast follower in innovation behind
rival Apple Inc.
The Galaxy Gear wristwatch has been criticised for its
clunky design and difficult-to-use features.
The launch also underscores Samsung's desire to come up with
new products to revive slowing momentum in its mobile business,
the tech giant's biggest earnings driver, as sales of high-end
smartphones have eased in many advanced markets.
For the new Galaxy Gear 2 and Neo 2, to be unveiled at an
annual trade fair in Barcelona on Sunday, Samsung has not
significantly upgraded the hardware on offer.
Instead, it has moved a camera to the watch's main body from
the strap and added a couple of enhanced software offerings such
as remote TV controlling, a fitness features like heart rate
monitoring, and a standalone music player function, Samsung said
in a statement.
The Neo does not have a camera.
The new devices, which will be followed by Samsung's new
flagship smartphone to be announced on Monday, will go on sale
globally in April.
(Reporting by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Robert Birsel)