Samsung expands market for Gear smartwatches via iOS compatability


It took Samsung quite a while, but Samsung has finally released an iOS app that enables users to connect some of their smartwatches with their Apple smartphone. The new iOS app will work with the Gear S2 and Gear S3 smartwatches. There are some reports that it will work with the Gear Fit 2 activity tracker as well, although users on iTunes indicate that device is not supported. Prior to the release of this iOS app, the devices could only be paired with Android powered smartphones.

The Samsung Gear S app for iOS is available in iTunes. Once installed, it gives users the ability to download and install apps on their Samsung devices. Users can also configure notifications to be pushed to their Gear device and data can now be synced to the S Health platform.

This move by Samsung will definitely expand the pool of potential customers for Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3 smartwatches. However, Samsung does not yet support other devices like the IconX wireless earbuds on iOS. With the initial release of the iOS app though, perhaps support for other devices will be more forthcoming.

source: iTunes

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.