Samsung’s new Gear S2 smartwatch will be the first in a line of devices able to interact with those from other companies, Samsung’s European vice president of marketing Rory O’Neill told the Wall Street Journal at IFA Friday.
According to O’Neill, the Gear S2 will be capable of connecting to any smartphone using an Android 4.4 or higher rather than only being able to connect to a Samsung smartphone, as has been the case for previous iterations of the company’s smartwatch.
O’Neill said he expects similarly interconnected devices to come to the market in the near future. In the next two years, he said, Samsung is aiming to have 90 percent of its devices connected.
To facilitate further connectivity and the smartphone’s transformation into a gateway to connected devices, O’Neill said it will be important for tech firms to be more open and engage in cross-industry collaboration.
According to Samsung, the watch, which was unveiled this week ahead of IFA in Berlin, will feature a circular 1.2-inch face with a 302ppi display and will run a dual-core 1GHz processor with 4GB of internal memory. The device will function on Samsung’s Tizen operating system, the same OS used in the company’s previous watches.
U.S. carriers Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T have already confirmed plans to carry the device. Sprint is expected to carry the watch as well.
Price details for the device have not yet been disclosed.