Samsung ‘Eyeing Up’ iPhone Support For Gear S2

Samsung could finally be preparing to play nice with Apple following claims that the company is looking to add iOS device support to its latest smartwatch.

An unnamed Samsung spokesperson reportedly told Digital Spy that the Korean manufacturer was looking to open up the Gear S2 smartwatch, unveiled at IFA 2015 last week, to Apple devices.

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The Gear S2, sporting a circular face and rotating bezel display, is Samsung’s most powerful and interesting wearable to date.

However, it does run the company’s Tizen operating system, which can limit it in some respects, not least in getting the most popular apps onto the device.

In order to compensate for this, Samsung announced last week that it would be making the Tizen software development kit (SDK) for the Gear S2 smartwatch available to for Android developers, opening it up to connect up to devices running Android 4.4 or above.

Weighing in at 47g and measuring just 11.4 mm thick, the Gear S2 comes with a 1.2-inch circular Super AMOLED 360×360 display coming in at 302ppi. It is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 4GB of internal memory and 512 MB of RAM, all backed up by a 250mAh Li-ion battery that Samsung claims will last 2-3 days.

The reports also follow the Google’s release of a new version of its wearable operating system tailored for iOS devices last week as the company looks to get its devices onto more wrists.

Android Wear for iOS will allow Android wearables to sync up with any Apple device running iOS 8.2 or later, for increased interoperability meaning users will now be able to see notifications from their iPhone on their wearable device, meaning alerts for text messages, fitness apps and social media updates can now all be viewed with a look at the wrist.

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Mike Moore

Michael Moore joined TechWeek Europe in January 2014 as a trainee before graduating to Reporter later that year. He covers a wide range of topics, including but not limited to mobile devices, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and financial technology.

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