An iOS app for con­trol­ling the clock has appeared, though not in the App Store.

It’s been a long time since CES ear­li­er this year, and Sam­sung still has­n’t offi­cial­ly released its pro­pri­etary iOS smart­watch man­age­ment util­i­ty.

How­ev­er, progress does not stand still and today every iPhone own­er can ful­ly start using the Sam­sung S2 or S3 wear­able gad­get by installing the unre­leased offi­cial Gear S3 appli­ca­tion on their iOS gad­get. True, not through the offi­cial App Store, but with­out any hacks and danc­ing with a tam­bourine.

Installation order

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To con­nect your Sam­sung Gear S2 or S3 to your iPhone and for­get about oth­er smart­watch­es, you need a com­put­er with iTunes. If it has not been launched for a long time, it’s time to update the pro­gram to the cur­rent ver­sion.

What should be done:

1. Down­load Gear S3 appli­ca­tion file from here

2. Con­nect iPhone to com­put­er and launch iTunes
3. Drag and drop the down­loaded file into the iTunes appli­ca­tion win­dow
4. Open Apps in iTunes and drag the Gear S3 app to iPhone

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After the syn­chro­niza­tion is com­plet­ed, the cov­et­ed Gear S3 icon will appear on the iPhone desk­top. You can dis­con­nect your smart­phone from your com­put­er.

Next, you need to allow iOS to launch this “sus­pi­cious”, from the point of view of the oper­at­ing sys­tem, appli­ca­tion. For this:

one. Go to Set­tings on iPhone
2. Then open the Device Man­age­ment sec­tion and con­firm the use of a cor­po­rate cer­tifi­cate from Sam­sung

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After these sim­ple manip­u­la­tions, you can launch the Gear S3 appli­ca­tion and con­nect to your smart watch using it with a sin­gle click of the “Con­nect” but­ton.

What the Gear S3 + iPhone 6s can do

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After suc­cess­ful­ly pair­ing the watch with a smart­phone, the user can cus­tomize Sam­sung Gear — you can down­load and install new watch faces from the built-in store direct­ly in the appli­ca­tion.

The watch mon­i­tors the phys­i­cal con­di­tion, counts calo­ries, steps and heart rate. All noti­fi­ca­tions from the iPhone are dupli­cat­ed on the watch, includ­ing noti­fi­ca­tions from games and iMes­sage.

You can con­fig­ure the incom­ing noti­fi­ca­tion stream in the Gear S3 appli­ca­tion, where exact­ly two options are avail­able: accept noti­fi­ca­tions or not receive them.

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When a call comes in, the watch dis­plays the caller’s num­ber and name if the num­ber is in the iPhone phone book. You can accept or reject a call using the ring that sur­rounds the screen, which dou­bles as a joy­stick. You will have to answer the call from the iPhone — you can’t talk by the clock.

The “OK Google” func­tion does not work, nor does the Siri call func­tion. Well, the appli­ca­tion has not yet been offi­cial­ly released, per­haps they will fin­ish it for the offi­cial release.

Unusual combination

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The Sam­sung Gear S3 stands out from the com­pe­ti­tion with its steel body and round AMOLED screen. It is large and clear, noti­fi­ca­tions are per­fect­ly vis­i­ble in the light, not to men­tion the dark time of the day.

Even in the review of the pre­vi­ous ver­sion of the watch, Sam­sung Gear S2, I wrote about an unusu­al con­trol ele­ment — a spe­cial bezel (ring) that is locat­ed around the screen and is a joy­stick for nav­i­gat­ing the watch menu.

In the third ver­sion of the smart gad­get, turn­ing this ring is even more pleas­ant, a smooth ride with per­cep­ti­ble clicks is instant­ly addic­tive. Unlike the crown of the Apple Watch, the Gear S3 is a real­ly con­ve­nient solu­tion for inter­act­ing with the device.

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The two phys­i­cal but­tons on the watch have not gone any­where to quick­ly exit the menu and exit run­ning appli­ca­tions. The but­tons pro­trude notice­ably, are pressed pleas­ant­ly, with a clear click.

Anoth­er indis­putable plus is the abil­i­ty to replace the com­plete strap with­out effort and spe­cial costs. Using a spe­cial but­ton, you can eas­i­ly remove the bars and replace the strap with any oth­er — all stan­dard (20 mm) watch straps fit.

Welcome Samsung

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All hap­py own­ers of styl­ish watch­es Gear S2 or S3 are lucky — they can not spend mon­ey on an expen­sive acces­so­ry from Apple, but almost ful­ly use their smart gad­get with an iPhone. Sam­sung is going to keep its promise to sup­port Apple prod­ucts — the appli­ca­tion runs smooth­ly, no crash­es or freezes were noticed.

Minus­es:

  • Few apps and down­load­able watch faces
  • Not pair­ing with a med­ical card in iPhone
  • The appli­ca­tion is installed only through iTunes
  • Voice assis­tants not work­ing — both Google and Siri

Pros:

  • Receive noti­fi­ca­tions, man­age calls
  • Large bright screen
  • The clock looks like a clock
  • Built-in NFC sen­sor
  • Easy strap replace­ment
  • Stain­less steel body (316L)
  • Dust and mois­ture pro­tec­tion accord­ing to IP68 stan­dard
  • Built-in GPS mod­ule

The third ver­sion of the pop­u­lar Sam­sung smart watch looks very good on the wrist, and giv­en the sup­port for work­ing with iOS, it is an excel­lent alter­na­tive to the con­tro­ver­sial Apple Watch.