Gear S smartwatch getting Opera Mini browser

Samsung has been pushing Tizen in the wearable market recently, and we also heard rumors about the company launching a mid-range Tizen phone in the future, although how people will receive such a product is hard to say. Nonetheless, the latest smartwatch from the company that runs Tizen, the Gear S, will have Opera Mini joining its list of applications later this year. The Gear S smartwatch was first showcased at IFA Berlin in September, and many have admired that the watch has its own 3G connection, making the pairing of a smartphone an optional task.

Samsung Gear S design image

Tizen doesn’t have a lot of apps, since the OS is fairly new and hasn’t received much support or appreciation lately, but Samsung aims to change that, at least in the wearable market. The Gear S will sport an Opera Mini browser soon, marking another step further for Tizen. Even though Samsung has seen declining interest in its wearable products, mostly because there is an enormous amount of competitors out there, the addition of a browser to the Gear S will surely turn some heads.

One might think that browsing webpages on a Gear S might be cumbersome, but Opera Mini aims to solve that issue with its data compression technology that can shrink web pages to an easier to read form factor, one tenth of their original size. Opera Mini will also offer a private browsing mode and a Smart Page on the Gear S. The Smart Page feature of the browser collects all your social updates and relevant news of the day, making it easier to review your daily updates.

The Samsung Gear S smartwatch should hit stores later this month, and the Opera Mini browser should also come along by the time you get your hands on Samsung’s sixth smartwatch. The Gear S has been announced for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile as well as Verizon Wireless, although a price hasn’t been set yet. The Gear S has a 2 inch screen with a 360*480 Super AMOLED display, powered by a 1 GHz dual core CPU, backed by 512 MB RAM and 4 GB internal storage. The Gear S supports 2G, 3G, Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. A 300 mAH battery will be providing the juice for the Gear S, said to last for up to two days on a single charge.