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Samsung gets the hint: Gear S2 smartwatch will work with all Android phones

Gear S2

With Samsung’s next smartwatch coming to Canada in October, one important tidbit that wasn’t mentioned during its initial announcement is that the Gear S2 will be able to interface with a non-Samsung phones. This is a first for the company’s line of smartwatches.

There are two caveats to this functionality. The first is that you’ll need a need a phone that is running Android 4.4 and up and has access to a minimum of 1.5GB of RAM. Secondly, it won’t be a perfect pairing; services like Samsung Pay won’t work. However, given that there’s no definitive timeline for the Canadian launch of Samsung Pay, that may not be a deal breaker for some people.

A couple of tech publications that are present at IFA have had a chance to check out the Gear S2’s Android functionality in action, most are saying that it works as expected.

Will this make you more likely to buy a Gear S2? Tell us in the comments below.

Samsung also released a SDK for the device, allowing developers to start working on app for the Tizen-powered smartwatch.

Read more: Samsung announces Gear S2 smartwatch in two versions.

[source]Samsung[/source][via]Android Central[/via]

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