Today we got to know more aspects about Samsung’s new smartwatches, the Gear S2 series. The biggest news was that the company is extending the compatibility of these watches with more than just a few Samsung devices. Now, despite using Tizen OS instead of Android Wear, the watches are compatible with devices running Android 4.4 or a more recent version of the OS and they should have at least 1.5 GB of RAM. Some apps or functions might not be compatible with all of the devices, though. Samsung also announced a partnership with the Italian designer Alessandro Mendini, who will create some custom watch faces and straps for the watches so users can have more choices and very stylish ones at that.
Samsung has published a list of smartphones that will be compatible with this watches, some of them will be tested in certain regions, so it is unknown is they will work everywhere even with the same smartphone. Samsung mentions that the list is subject to change. From HTC, they will test in on the One (M7) and One M9 in Europe and the One (M8) and One M9 in the US, while China will test the compatibility on the 826W. Huawei will test the compatibility on Chinese versions of the Honor 4X, P8 and the Ascend Mate 7, while in Europe it will be tested on the last two models as well as in the Honor 6. Chinese versions of the Lenovo Vibe Shot and X2 Pro are also compatible.
From LG it will be compatible with the G Flex, Optimus G2, G3, G4, and G Vista in the US, the Optimus G, G3, G4 and Nexus 5 in Korea. The Optimus G2, G3, G4 and Nexus 5 will be compatible in Europe and in China only the Nexus 5 will be compatible. From Motorola, The Nexus 6 will be compatible in the US and China while they will also test compatibility on the Droid Maxx, Droid Mini and Moto X in Europe, in Korea it will be tested on the Moto X and the Droid Turbo Will be compatible in the US.
The Nubia Z9, Oppo R7, Vivo X5 Pro, ZTE V5 will also be compatible models in China. The Pantech IM-A910S will be tested on Korea. In Europe, the Sharp Aquos as well as the Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 will be tested for compatibility with the Gear S2. From Xiaomi, the Mi3 and Mi4 will be tested in Europe, the Note Pro will be tested in China and the Mi4 will also be tested in Korea and China. Finally, the Kyocera Duraforce will be tested in the US and the Asus Zenfone 2 in Europe. This is quite the comprehensive list to start, and just might get more people interested in Samsung’s latest smartwatch.