The Gear app initially supports the device as a Bluetooth data stream, still requiring a compatible health and fitness app to use the data. It supports health tracking, sleep, fitness monitoring and has downloadable watch faces and some apps from the Gear Store.
These apps include CNN, Flipbook, Yelp and others. Samsung stated last year that most of its Tizen apps would come over to iOS.
The Gear S2, Gear S3 and Gear Fit 2 are among the most fully featured smart watches and fitness watches and S Health is now one of the better fitness apps. ITWire will investigate if there are any compatibility issues soon.
The official release states, “While features and functions will vary by device, 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. It is available in two bold models – the Gear S3 frontier, which takes inspiration from the active explorer with a rugged design, as well as the Gear S3 classic, featuring an elegant style with the balance found on luxury timepieces. Users will also be able to track their fitness by monitoring distance and route travelled, running pace, calories burned and heart rate.”
Samsung also announced its S3 would come with optional 4G LTE (in most markets) and the integration of BMW’s personal mobility companion with the new Gear S3.
ITWire has reviewed these devices and believes they offer class leading features.