Samsung and Apple have long been competing against one another for smartphone dominance, but it looks as though the South Korean company could be about to take a leaf out of Microsoft’s book. Samsung has already confirmed that it plans to bring official iOS support for its Gear S2 smartwatch, and now, according to a new report, the company has internal plans to release nearly all of its existing mobile apps onto Apple’s iOS platform in the coming months.
It’s an interesting report. It suggests that Samsung is not only in the latter stages of bringing official iOS support for the Gear S2, but that it’s also in the midst of developing a Gear Fit Manager app for the iOS platform. When released, the Gear Fit Manager will afford owners of the Gear Fit to connect the popular activity tracker with the app with the intention of tracking various fitness activities that are then synced and stored on the iPhone. The development of that platform also ties in nicely with the speculation that Samsung is also developing an iOS version of its proprietary S Health platform.
Porting the S Health platform to Apple’s mobile platform will allow users to track workouts, consumption of food and calories, sleep, and all over activities that have an impact of their lifestyle. Storing and collating this data to then upload to S Health will allow users the ability to get an overall picture of their lifestyle and associated health and fitness levels – across different platforms. The story doesn’t stop there though for Samsung, its apps, and its plans to bring them to users who prefer the iOS platform. There’s speculation suggesting that the Remote Control and Family Square apps are also on their way to Apple’s iPhone and iPad hardware.
If those apps don’t float your boat, then how about iOS variants of the Level app for Samsung’s Level audio products? Or the Smart Camera app that brings an enhanced user interface and additional improved features specific to iPhone owners? There’s no real granularity to the details at the moment along the lines of when Samsung actually plans to introduce these apps. In fact, it’s entirely unknown if Samsung actually has a roadmap at this stage. We can however expect to see these apps filter through by the end of the year.