CES brings wonderful news each year, and 2016 is no exception. It was announced today that the Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch will be iOS compatible later this year.
Samsung’s VP Alana Cotton stated that Samsung “plans to add iOS compatibility to Gear S2’s feature set later this year”. Unfortunately, no specific date or time period was given.
The Gear S2 is actually powered by the Tizen operating system, made by Samsung. While Tizen is similar to Android Wear, it remains to be seen if Google will release an app to allow their array of watches to be compatible with iOS.
Currently the Gear S2 can only sync up with Android phones. With iOS capability, it will give iPhone users the opportunity to use the Gear S2 if they are left disappointed with the current apple watch. Surprisingly there are people that have an iPhone that would like variety.
Last August, the Gear S2 was introduced to the masses. It sports a round-face, similar to that of Motorola’s Moto 360, and has a rotating knob like Apple’s watch. The Tizen operating system includes fitness tracking, heart rate monitor and alerts. It also has Samsung Pay for purchases on the go. That poses an interesting question, if you have an iPhone and a Gear S2 Smartwatch, which pay system would you prefer? Would you use Apple pay with you iPhone? Or would you bust out the watch and use Samsung Pay? This could cause a headache for users to setup 2 separate payment methods with their gadgets.
It will be interesting to see if Samsung creates an app for the iOS. I think it is great that the two large companies are starting to overlap. The ability to choose any watch regardless of your phone is a win for the consumer.
CES also revealed a rose gold platinum color that seems to be all the rage this year.