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Report: multiple Samsung devices to get iPhone and iPad compatibility later this year

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Report: multiple Samsung devices to get iPhone and iPad compatibility later this year
According to a new report from Samsung-centric tech blog Sammobile, the Seoul-based tech giant is about to expand its footprint in the Apple App Store.

Allegedly, Samsung is working on bringing a number of its apps to iOS. For the most part, it looks like most of the apps are not autonomous. Instead, the report suggests that Samsung is planning to launch iOS companion apps that would bring iPhone and iPad compatibility to a number of its devices.

On the wearable and fitness side, Samsung is reportedly planning to launch a number of its apps for iOS. One of these apps is the Gear Fit Manager, an app that can be used to pair the Gear Fit curved-screened fitness bands with a smartphone. Another is the S Health app, a fitness-centric app that can log workouts as well as sleep and dietary routines. At this point, it should be mentioned that earlier this month, Samsung announced that it plans to bring iOS compatibility to the Gear S2 smartwatch.

Another Samsung device that is said to get iOS compatibility in the near future is the Galaxy View, the 18.4-inch tablet that Samsung markets as a movable display. To make this happen, the company is allegedly planning iOS ports for Remote Control and Family Square, two apps that allow for remote control over the Galaxy View.

Other apps that Samsung is reportedly bringing to iOS include the Level app, a companion software for the Samsung Level audio devices, as well as the Smart Camera, a companion app for Samsung's smart camera lineup.

According to the report, all of these apps, and perhaps even more, will make their way to the iPhone and the iPad later this year.

At the moment, most of Samsung's connected devices cannot be controlled from iOS, which means that Samsung is unable to target a very large portion of the global smartphone market and an even larger slice of the US market.

What do you guys think? Will it matter to you if these Samsung devices get iOS compatibility later in the year?

source: Sammobile

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posted on 25 Jan 2016, 23:29

1. AkoSiKuting (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


thanks Samsung for being closer to Apple over Google :)

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 23:45 4

2. AlikMalix (Posts: 5029; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Apple ecosystem just cannot be ignored, right?

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 23:56 14

3. Bernoulli (Posts: 3728; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


As long as there's little girls with phones and dudes that care for social media I don't see it being ignored.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 00:18 6

5. AlikMalix (Posts: 5029; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


You don't get out much do you? Everybody from every demographic owns an iOS device just like android. Stop acting like your stuck in basement with only access to phone arena.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 00:27 9

6. Bernoulli (Posts: 3728; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Lol it was obviously a diminishing comment to your appraisal of ios, I could give two flying fucs who owns an iPhone, for example record: I still got more likes than you! Hahaha

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 01:37 3

9. Jimrod (Posts: 965; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Haha, it's so hard to get likes here isn't it?

"Samsung rocks, iCrap iUser iSheep are stoopid WTF SMH" = thumbs up.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 08:47 3

15. Bernoulli (Posts: 3728; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


It certainly can get brutal but I wasn't even doing it for the likes but rather for the appraisal this guy was giving apple.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 00:44

8. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1107; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Obvious bait was obvious, take a rest Alik.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 02:43 6

10. meanestgenius (Posts: 9612; Member since: 28 May 2014)


"Everybody from every demographic owns an iOS device...."

It SHOULD read:

"Many people from every demographic owns an iOS device...."

Definitely not "everybody", Alik.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 05:12 1

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 19700; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good post. +1

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 00:02 2

4. Tziggy14 (Posts: 439; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


Samsung can't ignore iOS. Google makes most of their $11 billion mobile revenue off that platform alone. It's logical to go agnostic here for Samsung.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 15:50

17. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8274; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The fact is, Apple products would all fail if it wasn't for the support of developers like Google and Microsoft and of course Yahoo back when the iPhone got started.

Making Samsung products wok better under more platforms means, Samsung could potentially sell more products.

Theer si money to be made on any platform.

Hwoever the best thing about bring iOS compatibility to iOS means that iPhone users who want to use products from Samsung that are better than Apple's own offerings can do so.

For example. If Samsung brings the Gear Manager to iOS, that would mean Apple device owners could buy the Gear S2 which is lightyears+ ahead of the Apple Watch.

It also means they could get their hands on better headphones as the Level headphones are better than Beats.

Samsung Health is also better than the health app Apple had. Also Samsung heart rate products are more accurate vs Apple's own.

So when people get frustrated with Apple's own products, they could use alternatives.

Now, Apple basically depends on outsiders which help make their brand better. even if that better brand is a rival. The benefit to Apple is, the phone users will still buy an iPhone, but at the same time Apple could suffer in other ways.

Look at the watches. Apple offers one watch. Samsung offers at least 8 wearables. All the latest ones have fitness capabilities. All are more accurate and offer equal or more details. Samsung products in this class are cheaper and you can choose something more specific to your needs.

It's not just about money. If it was, then why is Microsoft office offered free on iOS and Android? If it was just about money, then why are all of Google apps free on all platforms.

Its not just about money. Its about marketshare. The more people you have using your stuff, the less money you have to spend on useless-gimmicky-boring-half-baked-one year-at-a-time-features, hoping peopel buy your junk vs offering a solid platform.

Because facts show that what makes iOS solid is developer support even if that developer support is a rival. If it wasn't for Microsoft in 97, Apple would likely already be dead. If Yahoo and Google didn't join Apple with the iPhone and if Cydia didn't find a way to sidload apps and give Apple the concept of an App Store to steal. The iPhone would have failed because Apple didnt offer any type of service when the iPhone appeared.

Platforms like Windows Mobile and Android don't really need huge developer support in the same way Apple does. Because with MS and google, they don't get paid by devs to offer apps on their respective platforms. Over 1M apps are avail for Windows and MS doesn't get a dime. They make money the same way they did since day one..selling Windows and Office.

Google is ads and offer their apps free to encourage usage of their services. When you pay exxtra with Google and MS you get extra. With Apple you just pay more.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 15:54

18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8274; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The more stuff other companies make work with iOS and Apple, the better off they can be with more customers. It means more than money It means having a solid customer based on some level even if they use another platform.

Because Apple isn't goign to spend a dime to make anyone else stuff work with their stuff unless they can directly get paid from it.

Apple wont even give anything away unless forced too. Like their office suite. If MS had never offered Office free on Android or iOS, apple woudl still be charging for their useless office apps which I never see anyone even use.

Apple is so cheap, they don't even give all their 1st party apps free. Apps like iMovie should be free.

Good on Samsung since Apple is a bitter animosity holding company who lives on the backs all devs and companies who support them and Apple gives nothign back but a headache and pains.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 00:30 1

7. Obádárà (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


... Well, it's a techy noble idea. Samsung thank you for looking beyond cheap rivalry...

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 02:47

11. meanestgenius (Posts: 9612; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Smart move by Samsung. Apple has a huge user base, and any OEM not trying to take advantage of that is foolish. It's the same for Google and Android. Any OEM not trying to take advantage of that user base would be foolish as well.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 05:13

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 19700; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Smart move by Samsung, expansion is always cool.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 08:43

14. ZackZL (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


Imagine samsung flagship phone with iOS. Wow. It would be a perfect smartphone

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 15:57

20. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8274; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Not if iOS would have to have the lame limitations it would on the iPhone.

If Samsung was allowed to do everythign they do with Tizen or Android...then sure.

But then Apple would become like Sega...just making iOS for other phones, because less people would buy apple products, unless Apple dropped prices.

But it wont happen anyway. See what Jobs did when he returned to Apple? He bought up ever license from people Skully license Mac OS too.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 12:00

16. hado86 (Posts: 75; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


I'm regretting giving up my note 5 for the nexus 6p. Minus timely updates Samsung is king in android world. I hope this extends to the tab pro s and iPhone support.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 15:55 1

19. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8274; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Would be great if Samsung can bring SideSync to iOS...that would be nice too.

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