Samsung is one of the well-known manufacturers that sell smartphones worldwide, but the company does not only venture in mobile phones. The Korean firm has an extensive list of products ranging from phones to refrigerators, tablets, televisions, soundbars and, of course, wearables. There are several models of the latter, but we can talk about three ranges: Gear, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Watch.

The Samsung Gear is more classic watches, with an aesthetic more similar to a conventional watch. There are two models: Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic. The Galaxy Watch is somewhat sportier watches and there are several models: Watch Active, Watch 46 mm and Watch 42 m. The Galaxy Fit, meanwhile, are sports bracelets and there are currently two models: Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e. All of them are compatible with iOS and Android, as long as a series of requirements are met. This is precisely what concerns us today.

Requirements of Samsung Gear, Samsung Galaxy Fit and Samsung Galaxy Watch

Bluetooth 4.2 LEBluetooth 5.0 LE Bluetooth 4.2 LE
OSAndroid 4.4 or higher with 1.5 GB of RAM or more
iOS 9 or higher
Android 5.0 or
higher with 1.5 GB of RAM or more
iOS 9 or higher
Android 5.0 or
higher with 1.5 GB of RAM or more 
iOS 9 or higher
PRICEGear S3 Frontier: 
179 euros
Galaxy Fit:
94.47 euros
Galaxy Fit e:
34 euros
Galaxy Watch
Active: 249 euros
Galaxy Watch: 279 euros

As you can see, none of the requirements is too high. All devices are compatible with almost all phones. The only one that can attract attention is the Galaxy Fit for having Bluetooth 5.0, but Bluetooth 5.0 is backward compatible, so you can connect it to a mobile phone with Bluetooth 4.0 or higher.

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However, it is recommended that the mobile phone has Bluetooth 5.0 to take advantage of the improvement in data transfer speed and maximum range. Even so, it is not strictly necessary. Bluetooth 4.0 was launched in 2010, so with almost total security, your mobile will have a compatible version.

The operating system should not be an impediment either. Although there are nuances. According to Android distribution data, 96.2% of mobile phones worldwide have Android 4.4 KitKat or higher (you can know which one you have with this tutorial). iOS 12, meanwhile, is in 87% of the iPhone, so you won’t have compatibility issues.

Now, not all functions available on Android are on iOS. For example, in both operating systems you can receive notifications on your mobile, but you can only answer them on Android. You can’t set up Samsung Pay either, so don’t pay with the watch if you have an iPhone. In the case of the Galaxy Watch, Samsung states that “on iPhone 6S and 6S + with iOS 10 or higher, the connection may be unstable.”

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