Samsung releases Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear Fit SDK kits for developers

Developers can now get their hands on SDK kits for the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer
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Samsung has released Software Development Kits (SDKs) for the Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. WP Hong, President and Head of Samsung Electronics Media Solutions Center said the the tech giant has nine SDKs on offer currently, three of which that are new. Upgraded Mobile, Multiscreen and Multiscreen game SDKs are now available, including an upgraded version of the Samsung Mobile SDK 1.5 with the finger scanning technology, motion-detection function and multi-screen functions for developing apps that can simultaneously operate on TV and mobile devices.

An SDK for the Samsung Gear 2 based on the open source Tizen platform has also been released. If you are interested in the Gear SDK, you will have access to Motion APIs, IrLed APIs, Sensor APIs, Camera APIs and context-related APIs such as browser history.

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In addition, a development kit for the Gear Fit is also available for use by Samsung developers, foreshowing the potential for wearable apps development.

This ties in with the announcement of the S Heath 3.0 Platform, which the Samsung executive says is designed to "establish an ecosystem which will ultimately provide users with an integrated and more comprehensive view of their well being."

The S health platform offers activity tracking via sensors -- both from Samsung devices as well as from developer products, and a new cloud service that can store and integrate wide sets of health-related data -- processing information before displaying it on a user's mobile device. If a user consents and opts-in, developers can access the users data and connected sensors.

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The Samsung executive said that health tracking and monitoring is an important facet of mobile technology today, and cited a survey which suggests 32 percent of mobile users are using fitness apps, 31 percent of tablet users look up health-related information, and 25 percent of smartphone users track health, exercise and dieting using their devices.

Hong said:

“Samsung will continue to provide more comprehensive SDKs for our mobile devices and maintain collaborative relationships with development partners to present unique and unprecedented content and services to our customers.”

The SDK details are below, and the kits will be available today on Samsung's website.

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