In Short

Samsung on Feb. 23, 2014, ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain, announced not one but two new smartwatches — the Gear 2, and the Gear 2 Neo. And there are some fairly big shifts here.

Most obvious is in design. The camera on the Gear 2 Neo is gone. There's also been the addition of an Infrared port to control living-room appliances.

Less obvious is that the Gear 2 Neo no longer runs Android. Samsung has switched to Tizen — its own open-source operating system. That in and of itself isn't necessarily a bad thing — there are plenty of popular smartwatches that don't run full builds of Android. 

Samsung is positioning the Gear 2 Neo as a lifestyle companion device. It'll be available worldwide in April.