It took a while but it’s finally here. After opening up to all Android (non-Galaxy) devices, the latest Samsung smartwatches and fitness band are now compatible on Apple’s iOS.
Samsung Gear S2
The two premium versions of the Gear S2 Classic — the 18K Rose Gold and Platinum variant — have been teased in both CES 2016 and more recently the Samsung Southeast Asia Forum, but there has been no word on when they would go on sale. Now, we have a price and availability.
The best part? It’s cheaper than expected.
While the Samsung Gear S2 has been a popular wearable with its refreshing circular design and rugged good looks, this device is still a-mid-to-high-end smartwatch which means that it is — for the most part — inaccessible to a large majority of the public. In fact, most smartwatches suffer this same fate, which is why fitness trackers that are cheaper but still retain many smartwatch functions, like Fitbit‘s lineup, have been immensely popular.
Well, Samsung wants to try their hand at shaking up the budget fitness tracker market as the company is allegedly working on a fitness tracker with a new, dare we say revolutionary, feature up its sleeve.
If you’re using an iPhone and don’t want to spend money on a square watch, here’s another alternative. The folks at Samsung has officially confirmed that they are adding iOS support for its current Gear S2 smartwatches.
This follows the earlier rumour however it is happening only later this year without specific dates. Similar with Android Wear powered smartwatches, the Gear S2 is expected to lose some functionality when it’s paired to an iPhone but it should work with your standard day to day notifications.
Apple isn’t the only one celebrating the new year with a “special edition” watch. At CES 2016, Samsung has unveiled its Gear S2 Classic with two new colour editions.
The first is 18K Rose Gold edition, followed by a Platinum version that offers a more premium outlook. Under the skin, both watches are very much similar to the current Gear S2 Classic.
A smart watch is a personal thing and you would want to have a look that’s uniquely you. If the current watchfaces for the Gear S2 doesn’t tickle you fancy, why not make one on your own?
Samsung has just released its Gear Watch Designer, a designing tool that allows you to create watchfaces without complex programming. If you’re already a designer you can get started immediately with its familiar Adobe Flash-like interface.
Traditional timepieces are still adored by the masses but when you have an accessory that tells the time and lives on your wrist, your (smart)watch by all means, should last you through the week; that is unless you’re using a Samsung Gear S2. Through our experience with this smartwatch, it definitely doesn’t come close to the manufacturer’s quoted two-three day battery life; mostly lasting us a day and a half at most.
If you’re like us and are unhappy about the battery life on your new Samsung smartwatch, this new software update might just give you a little extra time – see what we did there.