While smartphone users are still reeling from the release of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7s, the Korean tech giant announces the iOS compatibility with Samsung’s wearable devices.
Last year, Samsung announced that their wearable devices will become compatible with Apple’s iPhone. Months later, Samsung has followed through on their promise with a new app.
On Saturday, the company announced the release of a new app that would allow for Samsung’s Gear S3, Gear S2 and Gear Fit2 to work with other iOS devices.
Samsung explained that Gear users will be able to download an iOS app to connect their Samsung device with their Apple device such as the iPhone.
In turn, Samsung smartwatches and fitness trackers will be able to display notifications, as well as monitoring calories burned, distance traveled and running pace.
Before this compatibility and app, only Android devices connected with Samsung’s wearable devices.
This news comes after an October 2016 study that found 34% of Samsung smartphone users planned and buying an iPhone. Branding Brand conducted a survey in September to determine the impact of exploding Galaxy Note 7s had on consumers. After surveying 1,000 people, all of whom were Samsung owners living in the US, 34% of the respondents reported that they would not buy another Samsung phone. Not to mention, 81% of those respondents said they always owned a Samsung or Android phone in the past.
Late last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall called for the company replace over 2.5 million Note 7 smartphones. Apparently, the company reportedly shipped defected phones. In addition, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T accepted exchanges of Galaxy Note 7s for other devices after a Note 7 exploded on a Southwest flight forcing passengers to evacuate.
While, the company is still being affected by Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall. Apple has continued to gain in market share following the release of the iPhone 7. However, Samsung’s next phone, Galaxy S8, will reportedly feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the latest processor from the Qualcomm company.