Samsung is rushing to add iOS support to the Gear S2 watch?

Samsung is rushing to add iOS support to the Gear S2 watch?
According to a report published today, Samsung is planning on adding iOS support to the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. The Tizen powered wearable would connect to an iPhone through a Gear Manager app for iOS. The watch already connects to all Android smartphones. While the report didn't mention a date when Samsung will have iOS support for the Gear S2 ready, the company is believed to be looking to launch the app as soon as possible before Apple introduces the next-gen version of the Apple Watch.

Yesterday, we passed along the results of a survey showing that 41% of dissatisfied Apple Watch owners would buy the next version of the timepiece, so Samsung does have a legitimate reason to rush out an iOS Gear Manager if it wants to take smartwatch sales away from Apple. Those using iOS need to keep in mind that just because the watch will eventually pair with an iPhone, it doesn't mean that the user experience will match what Android users receive.

The report also added that Samsung is producing a new version of its Cross Ballpoint C-Pen stylus. This is a stylus that works on all touchscreen devices, and also doubles as a ballpoint pen for those times when you must turn to paper. The new code name for the device, BT C Pen, suggests that the product will include Bluetooth connectivity. We could see Sammy include the new Cross Ballpoint C-Pen stylus with the next-generation Samsung Galaxy Tab E.

source: SamMobile

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39 Comments

1. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

A "Saviour" to the always ripped iFuns...

3. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Agreed! Sammy always saves Apple and it's iFans, tho they don't want to acknowledge it!

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

The need to start rushing on getting the damn classic watch out or least put one in Best Buy so I can see if I like it I can't decide without having both of them to try it

4. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Sammy probably has the best Smartwatch in the business right now.

5. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The problem will be Apple in the end. If there is an app associated with the S2 in order for it to support iOS, Apple will surely block that app approval in the App Store.. Such is the way, and claims of "anti-trust" "anti-competitive" behaviour by Apple will fall on deaf ears, because Obama loves Apple.

9. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Why? They've already allowed Android Wear, have they not?

10. Rydsmith unregistered

Just like with Android Wear, Withings, and Pebble, right?

14. HighTechToid

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

That was Steve Jobs who was sue happy. If you noticed Tim Cook runs the business much different. No lawsuits. Decisions Steve never would have made (iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, etc). Tim doesn't care about that nonsense. He has a business to run and doesn't care to get involved in personal lawsuits. Especially when Apple is "borrowing" ideas very heavily from its competitors right now.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually Sammy fans are the ones who need saving.

18. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

From my experiences on forums like this one, ALL fans need saving...

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Agreed.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I recalled PA released an article when the G2 was announced, that Samsung at the time was already considering bring the G2 to also support iOS. This would help with more sales and the fact is, they could almost duplicate all the functions with iOS as they do with Android. The Gear devices offer no advantages whatsoever just because they are paired with Samsung devices. Getting phones calls, answering emails and texts are the standard basic functions of the gear family in general. There are no extras using the gear with Samsung phones. Example, I have the original Gear S still as I ponder even getting the Gear S2. It duplicates making calls since its 3G, I get my texts and email directly, not just when I am BT connected to the phone and any other apps I installed dont give any benefits being conencted to a Smasung device. So actually I would say, gear Manager for IOS would likely be identical to the Samsung version as all the app does is allows you to control what the watch provides to you from your phone and changing settings for apps you install on the watch itself. I think Samsung as nothing to worry about with the next Apple Watch. For one it will probably look alot like the present one. It still likely wont have 3G/4G or WiFi and likely will still have terrible battery-life. As long as I dont use cellular connectivity, my Gear S lasts 2 days on a single charge. But I dont use it for anything beyond reading texts or answering calls if I am out walking. In my car my phone connects to the audio and I get full phone controls onscreen including responding to texts. I actually find the device to be boring overall and I dont see the G2 being much better. Its the same device, in a difference shape IMO and I will wait until the G3 and then maybe get the G2 at a huge discount.

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Gear 2 is different from Gear S2... Hope you know that. Heck, the original Galaxy Gear, when it debuted with Sammy's Note 3, it was bashed by tech sites for being too attached and dependand upon the Note 3, hence could not been used as a stand-alone smartwatch... Now iWatch comes and has the same dependance upon the iPhones, yet no tech sites mentions it as a con. *Sigh*

15. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

First rule of PA: Don't get into conversation with Techie

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30693; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmaoooo! Right.

25. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Agreed.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Isn't it kinda obvious I was speaking of the GS2? After all it is the gear Saturday models that have 3G and that I referred to a TV the. Eginning. Right? It is obviously a typo that my phone tried to correct and I didn't notice. Geez.

24. BobbyBusterII

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 01, 2015

TL; DR; - as always.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I checked out the Gear S2 yesterday. The function was great, the look (of the Classic) was great. But the watch face is just a bit to small. While I think most smartwatches are a bit on the large side, Samsung went too far in the opposite direction. That was the one issue I found. Otherwise, it's very impressive.

8. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Whatever happened to Android Wear for iOS? Oh wait, Android Wear did make it to iOS! woooohooo

11. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/android-wear/id986496028?mt=8 Maybe do five seconds of research before posting?

16. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Emm...that was his point actually

17. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah, he corrected himself within four minutes and made me look like an asshole... :( ...Although many could argue I always look like one anyways. (His original post was that Apple blocked Android Wear for iOS.)

31. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Ah ok ;)

19. Rydsmith unregistered

He edited his post.

12. Rydsmith unregistered

Android Wear by Google, Inc.https://appsto.re/us/CWlZ6.i Please STFU if you can't even Googke properly to troll.

20. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Looks like Android wear and tizen is here to save the isheep from being forced to wear ugly ass watches.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30693; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Kudos to Samsung on that, that's a pretty cool gesture.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Question now ia, will Apple ever make its devices work with another other playform? Nooooooooo if they can help it they will make something work if it means you will switch, like apples app for helping to switch from Android

30. AlikMalix unregistered

Why, Apple makes good money staying in its own ecosystem. Samsung needs Apple customers - it's been evident throughout the years either thru commercials (portraying Apple customers) or thru trade dress, "leading by following" ring a bell? Why do you think they're following? Yeah yeah yeah - Apple made a bigger iPhone finally - but it's Samsung that instructed their designers to follow apple (source: via leaked documents). Come on, stop trying to spin it - when it's so freaked obvious.

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