It was rumored a while back that Samsung would eventually manufacture smartwatches what can run on Android and iOS devices. That story hasn’t really developed until recently. Thanks to a recent report, we know that Samsung will be launching an update to their Gear S2’s that will bring along with it, support for iOS devices. It seems that Apple isn’t afraid of moving in on Apple watch territory.
Any civil interaction between Apple and Samsung would seem to be a bit weird, especially with this heated legal battle going on between the two. All the we can say to justify this is that “business is business.” Having compatibility for iOS should, in theory, mean more buyers of the Gear S2 Smartwatches, but there may be a snag in their plan. This is meant to appeal to the market of people who both have an iOS device and are into smartwatches, but aren’t as immersed in the iOS ecosystem to pick up one of their smartwatches, but have an interest in Samsung smartwatches. This seems to be a very narrow selection of people to focus on. On the other hand, this could also be just what Samsung needs. If the Gear S2 offers more in terms of relevant features, usefulness and an overall better experience than Apple watches, those who own an iOS device have another option rather than sticking only ONLY an Apple watch, which would turn into more sales of the Gear S2.
Maybe it’s one or the other, maybe it’s both, or none all together. Regardless, this is an interesting story none the less; it’s not everyday that two companies, who would happily sit front and center and watch the other crash and burn, allow such a venture to peruse. This may be the start of a trend; what if other companies allow iOS compatibility? What if Apple Watches allow Android compatibility. That’s the sort of unity we techies can only dream of at this point, but hey, who knows what could happen? Samsung allowing iOS compatibility is a stepping stone to something potentially game changing in the wearables market.