Samsung is doing everything it can to take on its biggest rival, Apple, in the wearable space. The newly-launched Gear S2 looks promising enough to challenge the Apple Watch. To strengthen its position, Samsung is planning to add iPhone support to its Gear S2 smartwatch. This will free iPhone users of the need to buy the pricey Apple Watch to fulfill their smartwatch desire.
With the launch of the Gear S2, Samsung also welcomed on board the dominating Android smartphones. The smartwatch is the first Tizen-based smartwatch to pair with Android smartphones and could become the first to support iPhones.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Samsung spokesperson revealed that the company will soon follow in the footsteps of Android Wear to let the Tizen-powered smartwatches run with iOS devices.
"We are looking at possibilities to open it up to iOS. Because we opened it up to Android, we are looking at this," the publication quoted the company official as saying.
Google recently confirmed that all Android Wear smartwatches will support iOS and launched the official Android Wear app for iPhones, giving iPhone users many options to choose from, as most smartwatches in the market run on Android Wear. If Samsung also joins the cross-platform support, Apple will be left out of the bandwagon. Exquisite smartwatches such as the Moto 360 Gen 2, Asus ZenWatch, LG G Watch R and more will make a good pair for iPhones.
Samsung released the Gear S2 smartwatch during a pre-IFA event in Berlin and it is the first smartwatch by the Korean tech giant to feature a circular display. The smartwatch is powered by Exynos processor and has 4GB storage and 512MB RAM. The Gear S2 will come in two variants, Classic and Modern, with different colours and bands. The smartwatch has a 250mAh battery and an assured 2 to 3 days of battery life. In addition, the S2 features a rotating bezel and IP68 certification for water resistance.
The Samsung spokesperson did not reveal the exact timeline for rolling out iOS support for its Gear S2.