Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch work with Apple iPhone
The battle between Samsung and Apple in terms of smartphone and smartwatch is on its own turf. But this time South Korean electronics giant announced that its Gear S2 smartwatch will now work with Apple’s iOS devices. Before this the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch wearable only worked with certain Samsung phones. Now Samsung is approaching directly Apple users with hope to win over Apple iWatch users. By accessing a wider user base, Samsung will be hoping to attract more developers, who can now also gain access to Apple users, to make apps for the Samsung’s products.
In a departure from earlier models, Samsung made its Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch work with Android phones from other manufacturers and the company isn’t stopping there. Vice President of Samsung Alanna Cotton announced at CES 2016 that:
The Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch will support the iOS devices later this year.
He did not give any specific date and details but it’s almost certain the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch will lose some functionality on iOS versus its Android version. The Samsung Gear S2 is one of the most well designed smart watches released till date. Samsung has also announced new versions of the Gear S2 Classic. The new version will be available in an 18-karat rose gold and platinum. But still there was no indication of price for the new version.
Samsung also announced that the Gear S2 smartwatch will start supporting Samsung Pay in South Korea and the U.S. in early 2016. Samsung Pay will work similar to Apple Pay. But Samsung claims that its functionality is different. Samsung Pay works using near field communication (NFC) technology as well as magnetic strip technology. It indicates that retailers will not have to upgrade their point-of-sales terminals. According to company this will allow Samsung Pay to work with over 90 percent of the world’s retailers. The Samsung Pay service will come soon to U.K., Australia, Singapore, Spain, China and Brazil.