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Samsung to Add iOS Support to Gear S2 Smart Watch Later This Year

Samsung today held a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the company announced new rose gold and platinum variants of its Samsung Gear S2 smart watch and pledged future iOS support for the device.

First introduced in August, the Gear S2 is Samsung's newest smart watch and its first with a round display. The Gear S2 was originally available in black or silver with matching leather or rubber bands, but later this year, Samsung will also introduce high-end 18-karat rose gold and platinum plated versions, made from real precious metals much like the Apple Watch Edition.

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At the current time, the Gear S2, which runs Samsung's Tizen operating system, is compatible only with Samsung smartphones, but that's set to change. Samsung says that later in the year, it will "bring the Gear S2 to iOS," allowing it to compete with the Apple Watch on Apple's own platform. Samsung didn't share additional details on when iOS compatibility might be implemented.

Samsung announced several other products at CES, including a Surface Pro-style 12-inch Galaxy Tab Pro S tablet that runs Windows 10 and two very thin Notebook 9 ultrabooks. The Tab Pro S, which weighs 1.5 pounds, features a 2160 x 1440 Super AMOLED display, an Intel Core M processor, 4GB RAM, and up to 256GB storage.

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Samsung's Notebook 9 laptops are available in 13.3 and 15-inch sizes, with the smaller of the two weighing in at 1.85 pounds, which is lighter than the Retina MacBook. The larger version weighs 2.84 pounds, and both feature a 1080p display. Max specs for the Notebook 9 laptop includes a Core i7 CPU, 256GB flash storage, and 8GB RAM. Pricing and release info on Samsung's NoteBook 9 laptops and the Galaxy Tab Pro S is not yet available.



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25 weeks ago
Gee I do not find the design of the Samsung watches appealing at all... Sorry just my two cents worth.
Rating: 25 Votes
25 weeks ago
The biggest flop in the past few years has been the Samsung smartwatches. They launched it to preempt Apple and yet after all these years they still haven't got it right. And of course the moment Apple launched the Apple Watch they immediately copied the software look.

But of course only Apple Watch is "the most disappointing product of 2015". :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
Rating: 20 Votes
25 weeks ago
Samsung always manages to impress me at how ugly their designs are. I always expect them to improve the looks, after all they're good at making functional things with many features and all. But even with their wallpaper photos, their designs are so 90s looking.
Rating: 17 Votes
25 weeks ago
Unlike some of the people on these forums, I won't let my love for Apple force me to hate Samsung. If I'm being 100% honest, that watch design is very nice. It looks like a high end watch that can go with any outfit rather than the more "techy" look of the square Apple Watch. The only real issue I see is that is runs Tizen. If I could get Watch OS in a watch design like this, I'd be front in line at the Apple Store at release.

It would be really nice if Apple offered a circle version of the Apple Watch 2 (in addition to the regular square version) in order to fit more peoples styles.
Rating: 11 Votes
25 weeks ago

Not to mention the Tag smart watch is far superior to the Apple Watch Steel in every way, really.


That's two comments about how much you don't like Apple Watches now. Why so butthurt?
Rating: 10 Votes
25 weeks ago
Had a Gear S2 for a day.

Hated it.
Rating: 10 Votes
25 weeks ago
In general, I'm a huge Apple fan, but I have to say that I hate the design of the Apple Watch. It just looks like a tiny square iPhone strapped to your wrist. Total nerd-ware. However, if they ever release a round one, I'd definitely consider it.
Rating: 10 Votes
25 weeks ago
Gimme a break.

Many people on tech forums have NO IDEA of what a good looking watch looks like, so they tend to gravitate towards the idea that a watch must be round, just because.

Many classic designs are square; take the Tag Monaco, for example: a wonderful square watch, thicker than the Apple Watch. Nobody ever complained (I still own one myself).

The Tag Connected, on the other hand, is a monster watch. It's huge, and it won't look good on any outfit.

The Apple Watch looks GREAT with modern style clothing. It's perfect with Neil Barrett, Rick Owens clothes and the like; it's by far the best looking choice with that kind of style among the watches I own (I own a lot, I'm a vintage Rolex collector).

This Samsung stuff looks like crap.

PS: here in Italy the must-have watch for young people (yes, basically everyone 18-25 wears a watch in Italy) is a golden Casio. Square.
Rating: 8 Votes
25 weeks ago

Gee I do not find the design of the Samsung watches appealing at all... Sorry just my two cents worth.

At least they look like watches...

...and not cheap toys like the Watch
Rating: 6 Votes
25 weeks ago

I actually think the giant dial is rather unattractive and unnecessary. Imagine getting things stuck in that thing... I much prefer the small and elegant digital crown on the Apple Watch.


Uh...

"If the Digital Crown gets stuck or won’t move, it might be because of dirt or debris. If you find substances like dust or lotion around the Digital Crown, follow these steps to clean, and repeat as needed:" - Apple Support document ('https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204639')for those with junk stuck in their Digital Crown

Watches traditionally have been stuck with the round shape, because they relied upon rotating parts, and could only really indicate time in a circular fashion.


Wait. You previously said that many watches with round faces had rectangular cases. So they weren't stuck with round shapes, after all.

The reason most (~90%) of traditional watches are round, is because it makes the best use of space for a round watch display.

The reason most smartwatches were rectangular until recently, is partly because that's the only kind of display they had available. Now makers can choose between square to optimize text, or round to optimize style and the display of round watchfaces.

but at least you can fill the area around the round watch face with complications on a square display


Those are the same complications that round displays put inside their round clock face. The difference is, the clockface itself is larger since it goes to the edges of a round display.

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I think a lot of shape preference might be tied to whether a person likes analog or digital faces. (Many kids these days cannot read analog at all.)

Of course, available choice is a huge factor, too. If Apple sold both shapes, I'd bet round would sell like crazy (see reference to 90% round in regular watches above).
Rating: 5 Votes

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