Samsung interested in making the Gear S2 smartwatch iOS compatible
Samsung is effectively looking into bringing iOS support to its most recent smartwatch, the Gear S2. The news is leaked as per a report from Digital Spy.
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The UK-based site had a talk with a Samsung spokesperson who affirmed that it was positively looking into opening it up.
The identity of the spokesperson has not been disclosed. Aside from the Samsung Gear Live which was one of the earliest Android Wear watches, all of the Korean Samsung’s Gear wearables have been restricted to use with Galaxy phones only.
The Gear S2 is the first Tizen-based smartwatch to support Android phones. It could also end up being the first to support iPhones too.
The spokesperson said,“We are looking at possibilities to open it up to iOS. Because we opened it up to Android, we are looking at this.”
This report comes only a few days after Google declared that all Android Wear watches coming up would support iOS.
If the Gear S2 is made available to iPhone users, that would leave the Apple Watch as one of the main wearables from a major tech producer not to support any other platform other than the iOS.
Perhaps a Samsung-made smartwatch being iOS compatible, it would directly compete with the Apple Watch for iPhone user market share.
Samsung announced the Gear S2 at a pre-IFA occasion in Berlin, Germany. The Gear S2 has a round 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 (302ppi).
It is powered by one of Sammy's in-house Exynos processors. It will be available as a 3G model too. The watch is IP68 certified water safe.
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It further has 4GB memory, 512GB RAM and a 250mAh battery.