Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch to be iOS compatible later this year

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in General Discussion edited January 2016
Samsung during a CES keynote on Tuesday announced plans to make its Gear S2 smartwatch compatible with Apple devices running iOS, a surprising feature addition considering the two companies are fierce competitors in the mobile space.




According to Samsung VP Alana Cotton, the South Korean tech giant plans to add iOS compatibility to Gear S2's feature set later this year, but declined to detail a specific time window, reports The Verge.

Powered by the company's in-house Tizen operating system, Gear S2 in its current form can only pair with Android phones made by Samsung and other manufacturers. The change in operating system support is an overt play for Apple device users left unimpressed with Apple Watch.

Gear S2 hit the scene last August as a new platform that combines the round-face aesthetics of Motorola's Moto 360 with rotating bezel controls reminiscent of Apple Watch's Digital Crown. As with most smartwatches on the market, Gear S2 includes a suite of fitness tracking functions like a heart rate monitor and dynamic alerts, as well as a selection of other features including Apple Pay competitor Samsung Pay.

It remains to be seen how far Samsung intends to go in integrating its proprietary "S" software suite on iOS, though the company is likely keen on encroaching deep into Apple territory.

At the same event on Tuesday, Samsung revealed rose gold and platinum color options for the Gear S2 Classic, though official pricing remains unknown.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    Bring it on.
    lito_lupena
  • Reply 2 of 9
    So what. It will be just as handicapped as Android Wear.
    cornchiplito_lupenalamboaudi4jbdragon
  • Reply 3 of 9
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    Rose gold?

    Anyways If you can't beat em.....
  • Reply 4 of 9
    More competition is better.

    But this is still one ugly watch. 
    lito_lupenajbdragon
  • Reply 5 of 9
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,857member
    More competition is better.

    But this is still one ugly watch. 
    Not going to go as far as ugly; typical maybe. I like Apple Watch's retro futuristic look though. Very distinct and sophisticated if you ask me.
    lito_lupenaflashfan207lamboaudi4
  • Reply 6 of 9
    cornchip said:
    More competition is better.

    But this is still one ugly watch. 
    Not going to go as far as ugly; typical maybe. I like Apple Watch's retro futuristic look though. Very distinct and sophisticated if you ask me.
    I wouldn't call the Apple Watch "retro futuristic". Gear S2 is "retro futuristic". Why? The spinning bezel (retro.. Swatch?) with the gunmetal finish design evoking a futuristic look. I hope Apple becomes more like other companies where supporting other platforms in the name of giving consumers more freedom rather than closed off gardens of overpriced goods. With the iOS support, the Gear S2 becomes the most widely supported smartwatch in the market. (iOS, Android and Tizen). People hate to admit it but the Gear S2 is the best designed and most intuitive smartwatch to date.
    edited January 2016
  • Reply 7 of 9
    Ha ha ha!  Because of all the pent-up demand?  All of the iPhone owners that are saying "I wish I could use a Samsung watch with my iPhone"?  LMAO!

    This has to be one of the dumbest decisions Samsung has ever made!
    jbdragon
  • Reply 8 of 9
    Dislike apple watch as I prefer round watches. But samsung gear s2 design do not meet my expectation either.
  • Reply 9 of 9
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,870member
    If people are unimpressed with Apple Watch, I can't wait for their reaction to Sammy Galaxy Gear S2 Active Special Edition Plus. 
    edited January 2016
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