Samsung teases round-faced Galaxy Gear smartwatch
Samsung's new SDK announced on official launch day of Apple Watch
Samsung used the hype around the launch of Apple's Watch on Friday to tease the next version of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which will supposedly come with a round face.
In a blog post, Samsung used a teaser advert to show what looked like a round digital watch face, and called on developers to help it build out the new device's ecosystem. In the post, the Korean electronics giant announced a new SDK, which it said was necessary due to the new screen format.
"Samsung has actively adapted its approach to wearable device development as the leader of the rapidly developing category," said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
"Through meaningful and progressive innovation, Samsung welcomes to developers and industry leaders to join this open collaboration effort to enrich and create unique user experiences for a new smart mobile life."
The vendor said that some partners had already developed smartwatch apps for the new, rounded device, including CNN, FidMe, Yelp and Baidu.
The post did not mention when the new Gear would be expected to launch, however technology blogs across the web are mostly in agreement that the new device will ship this year. The consensus is that Samsung will want to respond to the high number of pre-orders that the Apple Watch has received as quickly as possible.