Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch working with iPhone? It could (but shouldn't) happen

Samsung is reportedly looking into bringing iOS support to its new Gear S2 smartwatch. But why? Apple enthusiasts and iPhone owners probably dislike Samsung more than any other company.


Might Samsung's Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch someday work with an iPhone? Apparently so, according to a Samsung spokesperson.

The company representative was interviewed by DigitalSpy about the Gear S2, and said "We are looking at possibilities to open it up to iOS. Because we opened it up to Android, we are looking at this."

The comment regarding the Gear S2 "opened" up to Android alludes to this new watch being Samsung's first that doesn't require a Samsung phone.

Instead, you can pair the Gear S2 to any handset running Android 4.4 or better software with 1.5 GB or more of memory. You won't get Samsung Pay support in that scenario but the basics of the watch will work just fine.

Of course, this sudden love of the iPhones working with non-Apple Watches isn't exactly new. Last week, Google introduced its Android Wear for iOS app, which brings support for Google-powered smartwatches to iPhone users.

I said then that I didn't expect Android Wear hardware sales to be impacted positively, if at all, by the news. And I feel even stronger that if Samsung does bring iOS support to the Gear S2, it will make even less of a difference.

If there's one company that Apple fans and enthusiasts dislike above all others, Samsung has to be gunning for the top spot, although Google is likely a close second. For years, Samsung has publicly -- and in court -- been accused of copying Apple's smartphones and tablet designs.

Samsung can try to woo iPhone owners with a Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch but if it does, it will be like spitting into the wind.

After all, wasn't it Samsung that created all of those advertisements mocking iPhone owners? I suspect those who bought iOS devices have long memories.


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