In a departure from earlier models, Samsung made its Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch work with Android phones from other manufacturers — and the company isn’t stopping there. VP Alanna Cotton just announced on stage at CES that the Gear S2 will support the iPhone later this year as well.
Cotton didn’t give a specific date or details, but it’s almost certain the Gear S2 will lose some functionality on iOS versus its Android implementation, as is the case with Android Wear and Pebble devices. But with its round face and thoughtful rotating bezel interface, the S2 is one of the most well-designed smartwatches released to date, and might tempt some iPhone users that remain unmoved by the Apple Watch.
Samsung has also used CES to announce new versions of the Gear S2 Classic in rose gold and platinum finishes.