As CES 2017 ends, Samsung today made one more announcement, this time for iOS users as Gear S3, Gear S2 smartwatches and the Gear Fit2 fitness band can now be paired with iPhones running iOS 9.0 or newer.
Samsung makes good on promise to bring all its wearables compatibility to iOS devices. After initially announcing the support for Gear S3 in 2015, Samsung has published apps for the Gear S2, Gear S3, and Gear Fit2 today.
For iPhone owners, this would be a great news knowing that Samsung’s Gear S3, Gear S2 and Gear Fit2 are now compatible with Apple’s idevices with the iOS apps required to interface with the wearables available to download on the App Store. Making iPhone the only supported smartphone which works with all major smartwatch platforms, including Apple’s own watchOS, Google’s Android Wear, and now Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear line of wearables.
Before we go further you should note that as rumors see Apple preparing to launch its first ever South Korean retail store right at the heart of Samsung’s homebase, the latter too, it appears, is not going to sit idly by. Following the speculation, the Seoul-based electronics firm has made a big announcement for its lineup of wearable devices in a move to give iOS users more options to choose from in the smartwatch community.
iPhone users who already have one of their own aforementioned Gear wearables can pair with two together by downloading the exact Gear app from the iOS App Store and competing a simple first-time setup. How the Gear wearable pairing works with iPhone? Much like it does for Apple Watch users, allow notification mirroring, swapping watchfaces, app management, and of course, syncing of health related and fitness data to and from the iOS device, among other benefits.
With Google’s Android Wear platform having become iOS-compatible more than a year ago, users might have experience to further question Samsung’s insistence on pushing wearables with proprietary firmware. Those concerns should now be diminish, at least partially, by this expansion.
Better late than never, though. It is a bit surprising, however, that it took the company this long to make a jump to the platform since the time the Gear S2 was released while an official unveil was made in January, 2016.
The Samsung Gear S iOS app for the Gear S3 and S2 and the Samsung Gear Fit app for the Gear Fit2 fitness band are compatible now with those running iOS 9 and above. You can directly download the two for free right now from the links provided below.
(Download: Samsung Gear S for iPhone on the App Store)
(Download: Samsung Gear Fit for iPhone on the App Store)
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