The company, speaking at a developer day at Mobile World Congress, released a software development kit for its Gear 2 smartwatch, which is based on the Tizen operating system, and an SDK for its S Health application. It also launched a Gear Fit SDK that will allow developers to make apps for their Android devices that can interact with the Gear Fit.
He noted that the Gear 2 software, while running on Tizen, is ready to interact with Samsung's Android device because of a widget that runs on the Gear 2. Developers also can create standalone applications for that device. In the case of the Gear Fit, a host application in Android is always required, Sasaki said during a keynote at the company's developer day attended by more than 500 developers.
Samsung on Monday unveiled its newest flagship phone and three new wearable devices -- the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, and the Gear Fit health band. The company is counting on its new products to help it establish a strong position in the wearables market. It's also using the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo as a way to launch Tizen, the open-source Linux operating system that's an alternative to Android.
As part of the announcement of Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, Samsung said it would open up its software development kit for the wearables to developers. In the case of the first Gear, Samsung closely controlled what apps could be on the Android-based device, rather than opening the gadget up to the entire Google Play universe of apps. Before launching the first device, Samsung sought out app developers and worked with them to create software that would work well with the smartwatch.
Samsung will now allow any developers to make apps for the Gear 2, but it's still keeping app development for the Galaxy Gear invite-only. However, it's unlikely that Samsung will devote much effort to gathering more apps for the first smartwatch. Instead, it will focus its efforts on its new wearables.
"Obviously Tizen, the wearable platform, is something we think is open and makes it very easy for developers to create widgets easily using Web technology," Sasaki told CNET.
Gear Fit can also be used as a standalone device for health features. However, features such as notifications won't work unless the fitness band is connected to a Samsung mobile device.
Meanwhile, Samsung on Wednesday also introduced an upgraded Samsung Mobile SDK 1.5 with finger-scanning technology and gesture functions included in the Galaxy S5. It also released an updated multi-screen SDK for developing apps that can simultaneously operate on TV and mobile devices.