Samsung reportedly working on Gear S2 smartwatch companion app for iPhone

By , Dec 7, 2015

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Samsung is reportedly working on its very first iOS app, called Gear Manager, that will permit iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners to use the South Korean firm’s latest Gear S2 lineup of smartwatches, SamMobile learned from its sources last week.

While the Gear S2 works with all Android smartphones, not just the ones made by Samsung, it doesn’t play well with iOS. Like Apple’s own Watch companion app, the Gear Manager is said to include features to set up and customize the device for use.

The software will reportedly permit iOS device owners to use all of the Gear S2 features that are available to Android-toting people, with the notable exception of Samsung Pay, which requires a Samsung smartphone.

A spokesperson for the Galaxy maker confirmed to Digital Spy back in September that Samsung would consider rolling out iOS support for the Gear S2. “We are looking at possibilities to open it up to iOS,” the spokesperson said.

Unveiled at Samsung’s Unpacked 2015 event in September, the Gear S2 runs Samsung’s own Tizen operating system rather than Android. The device has a round display, a rotating bezel for navigating the user interface, NFC for mobile payments and other nice features. A version with built-in 3G cellular networking is also available.

It’s interesting to me that the Apple Watch is getting more competition on its home turf. Firstly, Google decided to give the Apple Watch a run for its money by rolling out the companion Android Wear for iPhone app, and now Samsung will be doing the same.

And while Android Wear, and now Tizen smartwatches are gaining iOS compatibility, the Apple Watch remains exclusive to iOS as it requires an iPhone to function and is incompatible with the Android platform.

Source: SamMobile

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  • igorsky

    Awesome! I will not be getting this!

  • Innes

    I wish Apple had done the round watch face with bezel. I think its better looking than the Apple Watch.

    • Rowan09

      It’s not as practical to use with a touch interface. Square or rectangular makes more sense.

      • @dongiuj

        Genuine question and sorry to sound uneducated on this but is it not possible for these technological Giants to make it practical? Again, sorry. Oh and please explain it in the simplest way for everyone like me to understand lol.

      • Rowan09

        There’s nothing that can replace the size of the device. A round screen would take up too much space since it would be forcing you to only be able to use the center of the watch screen. A rectangular and square watch has more screen real estate. Why don’t they make a round phone again? (Motorola made one in the past)

      • @sexyhamthing

        Well.. The UX in Android wear is all built around swipe and single tap? ..

        Kinda makes sense. And the gear s2 or whatever has the whole rotating bezel thing

      • Drocx

        I don’t think so

      • Innes

        But if you think about where you swipe and touch its usually on the centre of the watch, horizontally and vertically. I would wager that you don’t touch the corners of the iWatch and its more centrally focussed? I don’t have an iWatch (and I wouldn’t say no to one) so I cant say for certain. I think Apple went square as they were beaten to the round watch face and didn’t want to look like they were copying.

      • Rowan09

        There’s been square or rectangular and round smart watches before the Apple Watch. I use the corners of the screen as well. With a round screen, especially one that is so touch focused you need as much real estate as possible. Movado made a touch screen watch and its round, but only used for basic functions (not a smart watch either).

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Don’t see why they wont be making next gens.

  • Franklin Richards

    Apple will nerf the hell out of that app.

  • Alexander Figueroa

    Not bad for $199 I’m in