Galaxy Watch 4: Samsung cancels iPhone support

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Galaxy Watch 4: Samsung cancels iPhone support

Samsung’s new Galaxy smartwatches are no longer compatible with the iPhone: The models in the Galaxy Watch 4 series can only be paired with Android devices, and there is no iOS support. Samsung does not give a reason for the change. The Wear OS, developed in cooperation with Google, runs on the Galaxy Watch 4, in which Samsung’s in-house operating system Tizen is integrated.

Samsung presented the new Galaxy Watch 4 on Wednesday. It remains to be seen whether the manufacturer will respond to a lack of demand from iPhone owners by discontinuing iOS support. It also remains to be seen whether other new Wear OS smartwatches will discontinue iOS support. So far, Google sells a Wear OS app for iPhone coupling in Apple’s App Store.

Older Galaxy watches should continue to support iPhones, such as Samsung opposite to Ars Technica stressed. iPhone users are able to set up apps and settings as well as search for the clock or transfer music. As before, a Galaxy smartphone from the manufacturer is required to use the central health functions of the smartwatch such as ECG.

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With increasing complexity, especially with sensors and health functions, manufacturers seem to be increasingly tying their smart and fitness watches to their own health platform – just like Apple itself: The Apple Watch can only be used in conjunction with an iPhone. Although the Apple watch works in more and more areas without an iPhone – especially the cellular models – an iPhone remains a mandatory requirement for setting up and comparing certain data.

With the family configuration, an Apple Watch can now also be set up for third parties without an iPhone, but this is primarily intended for children and senior citizens and brings with it considerable restrictions.


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