Samsung Update reported on the Galaxy Gear S smartwatch recently, but with the formal announcement at Samsung Unpacked this week, a few more details have become known.
First, we’ve learned that Nike will be making its fitness band software available as an app on the Gear S smartwatch. The app, Nike+ Running, will come pre-loaded on the watch. It uses the watch’s built-in GPS (something not yet available on Android Wear devices) to let users record their route and monitor their speed without having to carry their smartphone with them. Taking advantage of the Gear S’s built in 3G connectivity, the app also provides Facebook connectivity so your friends can cheer you on while you run, as well as a built-in music player. No other current smartwatch can provide these capabilities.
The second, and perhaps more important piece of information, is that while the Gear S has built-in 3G capability, that doesn’t completely eliminate the need for smartphone. Specifically, a Samsung Smartphone running Android KitKat. Pairing with one of these phones is necessary for the initial setup of the smartwatch and to apply any software updates Samsung may provide in the future.
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Like the Gear VR, the Gear S ties you more closely to the Samsung ecosystem. Neither device will work with a smartphone from another manufacturer.
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