Samsung today introduced its new smartwatches Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic, which come with some interesting new features like body analysis.
Although the South Korean company didn’t say anything about compatibility with other operating systems during the Unpacked event, we all assumed that the new watch can be paired with an iPhone, like previous models.
However, Galaxy Watch 4’s official website makes no mention of Apple’s operating system.
This information has been confirmed by CNET, which indicates that Samsung has no immediate plans to add iOS support to Galaxy Watch4. Previous Samsung watches work seamlessly with Apple iPhones, but the Galaxy Watch4 is the exception.
Truth be told, this isn’t surprising either, as most iPhone users who opt for a watch opt for the Apple Watch, which integrates much better with iOS than any clock based on Android or any other operating system.
Unlike its previous watches, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 incorporates an entirely new operating system that combines elements from two ecosystems: Wear OS and Tizen OS. In fact, the Galaxy Watch 4 is the world’s first smartwatch with Wear OS with Samsung technology.
If you’re thinking about using the Galaxy Watch 4 and plan to buy one, first make sure your smartphone is compatible with the new smartwatch. Samsung didn’t just remove iOS from the compatibility list, but also older Android smartphones with Android 5.0.
According to Samsung, Galaxy Watch 4 is compatible with devices with Android 6.0 or higher that have 1.5GB of RAM or more. The South Korean giant also notes that “Supported smartphones and available features may vary by region, operator and device.”