Samsung Gear devices run on the Tizen Operating system. In Q1 2017, Tizen was the second-largest wearable platform, with a 19% market share. With the global wearable market forecast to grow 34% in 2017, the Gear S2 and Gear S3 devices are forecast to have a combined installed base of approximately 7 million by the end of 2017.
More than 22,000 apps for Gear wearables are available for download in the Gear store to make your life easier and keep you up-to-date on everything from news, sports, entertainment, travel, location, even security and Smart Home applications. Here are some examples of popular Gear apps:
Key Metrics for Gear S2
- Demographics: 80% male, age 20s to 40s
- Number of downloads per device in the first 6 months of ownership: 8 or more apps
- Top 3 markets: USA, Korea, Germany
Opportunities and Benefits for Developers
App developers receive a standard revenue share of 70% from the paid apps and in-app items they create. Samsung supports various payment methods, including Samsung Pay, credit card, carrier billing, and PayPal, in more than 90 countries.
Samsung boasts a global distribution channel of over 750,000 retail locations and 30,000 experience stores and has increased marketing support because of the rise of consumer interest in our Gear devices. In addition to our 76 regional websites, we have 162 million fans across various social media platforms and anticipate continued, steady growth for both as we add new, different, and desirable devices.
The technical support team is available to help you when you join the Samsung Developer Program (SDP). Our technical support team is located in Mountain View, CA, and is available to answer your questions about the development, registration, and distribution process. Our SDKs, sample apps, and testing tools make Gear app development easy and accessible.
Visit http://developer.samsung.com/gear for our step-by-step process to join SDP.
Tizen OS, Widgets, and Gear IAP
Use the Tizen Wearable 2.3.2 OS to create apps for Gear S3 and Gear S2.
A widget is a dynamic shortcut to an app, providing users with brief and timely information and simple actionable features. For example, a user can launch an app simply by tapping on its widget. Users can choose to open apps on their Gear, or on their phone if they need to look at information on a bigger screen. For further information, see Designing Gear Widgets.
Gear In-App Purchases
Your Gear app, whether the app itself is free or commercial, can sell commercial in-app items to users:
- Consumable items (purchase whenever needed, use once)
- Non-consumable items (purchase once, use any number of times)
- Non-recurring subscription items (purchase whenever needed, use for the length of the subscription)
- Auto-recurring subscription items (purchase one time, use for the length of the subscription and all automatically renewed subscriptions)
You can integrate Samsung Gear In-App Purchase (Gear IAP) functionality to have Samsung manage the in-app item purchase transactions by directly integrating Gear IAP APIs in your app code. For details, see the Gear In-App Purchase section.
Gear Device Features
Some of the many Gear device features include:
- Full-color always-on display
- Water resistant
- Long-lasting battery
- Stylish and changeable bands
- Simple SOS messaging for safety
- Speaker–allows you to make and receive calls freely from your wrist and listen to your favorite songs and podcasts through the standalone music player
Gear Device Sensors
Gear devices include many sensors to allow users to determine their up-to-the-minute health, fitness, and fitness environmental information:
- Ambient light sensor
- Gyro sensor
- Heart rate monitor