LAS VEGAS — Samsung’s Gear S2 watches are Samsung’s attempt to compete with the Apple Watch, but up until now they required a Samsung smartphone. Today at CES, Samsung announced that iOS compatibility is coming to Gear S2 smartwatches later this year, making Gear S2 a direct competitor to the Apple Watch and greatly expanding the market reach of these Tizen-based watches.
Samsung is also following Apple with two new luxury finishes on its Gear S2 smartwatches, with one model in 18K Rose Gold and another in Platinum. Pricing on the new versions was not announced.
Rounding out the list of smartwatch news, Samsung will also be adding Samsung Pay to Gear S2 later this year.