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