Samsung Gear S2 Gold Revealed, iPhone Support Coming Later This Year.
If you are like me, in love with your iPhone, but fancy the Samsung Gear S2 watch, I have some good news for you.
From the beginning, Samsung made its Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch compatible with all Android phones. All “Androids” running 4.4 and above. However, Samsung did not stop there.
The company’s VP, Alanna Cotton took on stage at CES 2016 and announced that the Samsung Gear S2 watch is going to be compatible with the iPhone later this year.
Cotton did not mention a specific date or details. Even though, I’d expect the Gear S2 to lose some its functionalities while running on the iOS.
However, with its round face and the rotating bezel, the Gear S2 is one of the best smartwatches released to date. It is tempting for many iPhone users, including me.
Samsung Gear S2 Gold And New Watch Faces
Apart from the iPhone compatibility, Samsung’s exec also revealed that the Gear S2 Classic watch is going to be available in two new finishes. A new 18-karat Rose Gold model with an ivory-colored leather band, and a Platinum version with a black leather band.
For even more creative options, Samsung is adding not only new band choices but also new watch faces. The new watch faces feature artwork from artists like Burton Morris, Keith Haring, Jeremyville and Jean-Michael Basquiat.
At CES, the Korean manufacturer also detailed on its mobile payment system. Good news, the Samsung Gear S2 is going to support Samsung Pay in the U.S. and South Korea. To be ready by mid-2016.
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For those of you new to the Samsung ecosystem, Samsung Pay is a mobile payment system that works just like the Apple Pay. You can use your phone or watch to make payments. However, Samsung claims that its Pay is different the Apple Pay. Not better or faster but different. It remains to be seen what they mean by that.
We know that that Samsung’s Pay system works by using near field communication (N.F.C.) as well as via the magnetic strip tech. It means that the retailers will not have to upgrade their point-of-sales terminals.
If that is true, Samsung’s Pay is going to work with over 90 percent of the world’s retailers. It seems like Apple Pay is going to have some serious competition in 2016.
With the recent updates would you consider a Samsung Gear S2 instead of the Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments below.