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Samsung brings iOS compatibility to the latest Gear devices

Samsung has announced (opens in new tab) that they have extended iOS compatibility to the latest Gear family of devices including the Gear S3, Gear S2, and Gear Fit2. You'll need to have an iPhone 5 or newer and be running iOS 9 or higher on it to use the new app, so most iPhones out there should be compatible.

Starting today, users can download the Samsung Gear S app for the Gear S2 and Gear S3 or the Samsung Gear Fit app for the Gear Fit2 on compatible iOS devices from the Apple App Store. Once the appropriate app is downloaded, users will be guided through steps to complete pairing with the user's compatible Samsung wearable device.

On the functionality side, Samsung mentions that features will vary by device, the Gear S3's built-in GPS, altimeter, barometer and speedometer apps are supported as well fitness tracking by monitoring distance and route traveled, running pace, calories burned and heart rate.

Samsung making their smart watches available to more users is a smart move — especially iOS users. Research shows that iPhone owners tend to have the most disposable income to buy luxury products with, and the design of the latest additions to the Gear family stand out in the sea of wearables. We're not sure how many iPhone users wanted to use something like a Gear S3, but now every one of them can.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • I'm shocked Apple allowed this on their App Store, figured they would block it and force people to buy an Apple watch.
  • They allow Android Wear, why wouldn't they allow this?
  • I honestly didn't know they allowed Android Wear.
  • They held the app up for quite a while in 'review', but eventually it got through.
  • While there is an Android Wear app it brings limited functionality and customization.
  • Does Samsung Pay on the S3 work when connected to the iPhone? I wonder how they are handling this since the non Samsung Android phones require a lot of plug ins to work properly.
  • +1
    Great question.
  • No, Samsung Pay doesn't work on iOS. It works fine on other Android (non-Samsung) devices with a couple of add-ons with the S2 (NFC) and S3 (NFC & MTS).
  • Yeah, I love using Samsung Pay with my Moto Z/S3 combo. I wouldn't mind eventually connecting the S3 to my iPhone but only if the Samsung Pay really worked.
  • "research shows"....Means it's merely an opinion.
  • You strike me as someone who thinks the Earth is flat.
  • Wow the apple folks should be rejoicing
    Love my gear s3 and if they also get Samsung pay well then it's game on
  • Sadly, my spouse and I are jumping from Samsung phones to iPhones in the next couple weeks. This was actually the only thing holding us back (we LOVE our Gear S II Classics). Nice move Samsung....
  • Why did you and your wife just get an Apple Watch?
  • Becuase we LOVE our Gear S II Classics that much. I've had sammy watches since the beginning and don't plan on changing anytime soon. The functionality of the bezel is a cllincher. I look forward to upgrading to the S3 as time goes on. My wife'll stay with her rose goldie, lol....
  • Can anyone confirm If taking calls and messaging works correctly? I just sold my iPhone so I can't test this until I have another one.
  • Good question. Messaging feature is doubtful since the article didn't mention it. To me, if it still can't do that, then what is the point?
  • I'm waiting on responses from others cause I'm having issues with mine.
  • I did a 5 minute test on my wife's iPhone and notifications do come through. I do not believe that you can reply from the watch at this stage, however that does not mean that it won't be possible in the future. This is version 1.0 after all and iOS certainly has their ability to have 3rd party messaging. I couldn't actually run a messaging test with her phone since she only let me play for 5 minutes. Her iPhone is her business phone. Calls can come through and be initiated from the watch.
  • This is going to be useless unless you have an apple watch. I used Android wear on IOS and while I was able to get notifications you can't reply to anything or interact with anything. There were a few Google apps you could interact with but that's it. Also battery life drained faster
  • Battery life is a problem with the iPhone, not the watch. Not all iPhones have Bluetooth LE.