Samsung reportedly planning new Gear launches; S5 comes into focus

|About: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SSNLF)|By:, SA News Editor

A source tells The Verge Samsung (SSNLF, SSNGY) "could take the wraps off multiple new Galaxy Gear wearables" at next week's Mobile World Congress. Meanwhile, USA Today reports a new version of the Gear will run on the Tizen OS; the original Gear, widely panned in reviews, runs on Android.

Samsung is working hard to promote Tizen in the hopes of lowering its dependence on Android (and thus Google). But carrier support has wavered in the face of Android's overwhelming popularity and huge apps/services ecosystem.

The Gear reports come as the rumor mill for Samsung's Galaxy S5, expected to launch at a Feb. 24 MWC event, continues to churn. Bloomberg backs up past reports by stating the S5 will have a "sharper" (higher-resolution?) 5.2" screen to go with a "larger battery and camera." SamMobile states the S5 (like the iPhone 5S) will have a fingerprint sensor built into its home button.