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Samsung's next Gear smartwatch will be round

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There's never been a better time to release a smartwatch

It looks like Samsung's next Gear smartwatch will eschew its familiar square design for a fully rounded watch face. Unearthed by Android Central, a Samsung press release announcing the release of the SDK for the next Gear smartwatch shows a round watch face alongside apps from CNN, Yelp, and Baidu. Given the rapidly increasing number of round Android Wear smartwatches like the LG G Watch R and the Huawei Watch, it's no surprise that Samsung decided to give the traditional watch style a try. To get ready for the change, Samsung is releasing the SDK before an announcement is even made, in hopes of having the majority of the Tizen-based Gear apps ready for the switch. The spotlight has never been brighter on smartwatches than it is right now, so it shouldn't be too long before we get an official announcement from Samsung.