Samsung Gear now compatible with iPhone. Samsung wanders into province by releasing Gear Apps on the App store. Samsung on Saturday released iOS apps for its Gear S2, Gear S3, and Gear Fit2 for the first time, making the Tizen-based smartwatches compatible with Apple’s mobile platform.
When the Samsung Gear wearables are paired with iOS using Bluetooth, Samsung’s apps manage and monitor features and applications installed through Gear Appstore.
“While features and functions will vary by device, iOS users will be able to enjoy the Samsung Gear S3’s timeless and stylish design, IP68 water and dust resistance, as well as the integrated GPS, Alti/barometer and Speedometer apps”, Samsung said in a statement.
Users will also be able to track their fitness by monitoring distance and route traveled, running pace, calories burned and heart rate.
The move came at the end of the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.
Cupertino’s Apple Watch is not compatible with Android.
You can download the app for Gear S and Gear Fit on the App Store if you have an iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or iPhone SE running iOS 9.0.
Samsung’s new Gear app for iOS lets you grab new apps and watch faces from the Galaxy Apps store, send music and images to your wearable, and take control of notifications. It also syncs your health data with S Health, and helps you locate your Gear watch should you lose it.
Of course, there are some limitations due to Apple’s strict rules for iOS apps, like you cannot setup Samsung Pay. However, Samsung has done a pretty good job of making its Gear watches as useful as they can be when paired with Apple’s platform.