Samsung Gear Fit, or « hardware obsoleted by software »
Following a hint given by someone a few days ago during the Bulgarian Web Summit, I was quite shocked to discover this morning that my Samsung Gear Fit is obsolete, software-wise. The Gear Fit was released with the Samsung S5 a year ago, on the 11th of April 2014. Although a bit limited and even buggy, it's a pretty interesting device partly because of its very peculiar form factor. It was said to work only with a few Samsung devices, but many people succeeded using it with all sorts of Android devices. I wish I could use it with my iPhone but that's unfortunately not an option.
The Gear Fit has a few downloadable extensions, based on a SDK also released a year ago. The fact extra apps can be created and maintained is a very important indicator of not only the market success of a given device, but also of the obsolescence of the device.
That SDK is not available any more from http://developer.samsung.com, as it is confirmed here. And it's not a very recent change. Samsung then turned obsolete - because of software - a hardware they released less than a year ago. From a customer's perspective (again, I bought that device), that's pretty shocking.
The Samsung Gear Fit is still available everywhere here in France, from Orange stores to supermarkets. But it's a dead duck without a SDK. Don't buy it.