Samsung has announced that it'll release the SDK for its next smartwatch to developers before the product launch itself — and in so doing, it's given us a sneak peek at a big hardware change.

Samsung Gear

That's right, it sure looks like the long-rumored circular Samsung Gear watch might finally come to fruition. The move to a rounded watch face would explain the need for Samsung to open up the SDK to developers ahead of launch day, as the move away from a rectangular face would be a significant change for Samsung's seventh smartwatch.

"Samsung has actively adapted its approach to wearable device development as the leader of the rapidly developing category," said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. "Through meaningful and progressive innovation, Samsung welcomes to developers and industry leaders to join this open collaboration effort to enrich and create unique user experiences for a new smart mobile life."

In addition to showing off a large weather-themed watch face, Samsung's teaser image also displays rounded smartwatch apps from a handful of major partners — CNN, Yelp, Baidu, FidMe and Apposter.

To get in on the developer preview SDK, devs can head to developer.samsung.com/wearable and sign up with Samsung. Today's Samsung press release doesn't drop any hints as to when we can expect this new rounded Gear, but with the Apple Watch about to hit, and new Android Wear software on the horizon, we're betting it's not too far off.

Samsung teaser

Source: Samsung