Samsung says its Gear S2 smartwatch will support iPhone later this year

By , Jan 5, 2016

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During its CES keynote on Tuesday, Samsung announced that iOS compatibility is coming soon to its Gear S2 smartwatch. On stage at the Las Vegas event, the company’s VP Alanna Cotton said that the popular Tizen-powered accessory is getting iPhone support later this year.

Cotton didn’t offer up specific dates or details, but expect S2 functionality to be far more limited on iOS than it is on Android. Apple does not give developers the kind of low-level access its own Watch enjoys—something that has long-hampered Pebble and Android Wear devices.

Nevertheless, the Gear S2 has received praise for its round design and intuitive rotating bezel interface, so I imagine it will still find an audience among iPhone users. Samsung also used its time on the CES stage to introduce new rose gold and platinum colorways for the smartwatch.

For those who missed the announcement in September, the Gear S2 is Samsung’s newest wearable. It features a 1.2-inch 360×360 Super AMOLED display, NFC, heart rate and barometer sensors, and as I mentioned above, it runs Samsung’s Tizen operating system—not Android Wear.

You can find more of our CES 2016 coverage here.

Source: Samsung

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  • tariq

    Nice to see them finally merge. I still have moto 360, hope that gets an upgrade to merge with iPhone as well

    • @sexyhamthing

      Android wear is supported on iOS …. ?

      • MrJohnBlaze

        its been supported for a couple months but only with newer watches like the new 360, Lg urbane ,
        Huawei etc.. basically any late 2015 android wear
        watch be compatible but its a limited experience

      • tariq

        Yeah, but only on moto 360 (2nd generation) /: no updates for the first

      • tariq

        Not all dmartwatches. Only Huwei watch and the samsung s2

  • 9to5Slavery

    If it supports home kit then I’m in, if it’s released just to be abandoned like all the other non-iPhone’s then no.

  • iPhoneWINS

    you have too buy new devices to get android updates…lol… but i do love the android watch designs 100000X better than the feminine retire looking iwatch