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Samsung extends iOS compatibility to the latest Gear devices

Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker gets iOS compatibility
Samsung Gear Fit 2
After a long wait, iPhone users interested to use a Gear device with their handset can finally bring the two worlds together. They need an iPhone 5 or later with iOS 9 or higher to use the new Gear S or Gear Fit app.

Yesterday, Samsung finally made things right for iPhone users who somehow ended up in possession of a Gear device and wanted to take full advantage of its capabilities without having to buy a Samsung smartphone.

Samsung Gear S and Samsung Gear Fit are both available for download from the Apple App Store. The first one is required for Gear S2 and Gear S3 smartwatches, while the other is needed to pair the Gear Fit 2 with a compatible iOS-driven handset. According to the official press release, the features, and functions available vary by device, but "iOS users will be able to enjoy the Samsung Gear S3’s timeless and stylish design, IP68 water and dust resistance, as well as the built-in GPS, Alti/barometer and Speedometer apps." Heart rate monitoring and other fitness tracking capabilities are also fully functional.

The list of iPhone handsets supported includes iPhone 5 smartphones or later, as long as they run at least iOS 9. Once the app is download and installed, the user is guided through the steps needed to properly pair the Samsung wearable with the Apple handset.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01- 8 (Update: 2017-01- 8)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.