Samsung appears to be on the right path with its new Samsung Gear S smartwatch. Not too long ago, the Korean company signed a deal with Nokia to bring the HERE maps navigation service to the Galaxy handsets as well as the Samsung Gear S smartwatch.
It appears that it’s not just Nokia, Samsung has also partnered with Nike to bring the Nike+ Running app to Samsung Gear S when it launches in October.
“Nike+ Running has changed the way people experience sports. It motivates runners to run further, faster and more often by tracking their activity, celebrating their progress, enlisting personalised coaching, challenging their friends and sharing runs with their entire social network. The integration with the Samsung Gear S allows more runners to join the Nike+ community and enjoy the benefits of this great service.” – Adam Roth, Vice President of Nike Global Running Brand Marketing.
The good thing about the Samsung Gear S is that it can work without pairing with a smartphone, and comes with 3G connectivity on board. It seems Nike is planning to make use of this functionality to offer Gear S users with the ability to measure different fitness related metrics using the Nike+ Running app.
The app will use 3G connectivity to track user’s progress, display real-time statistics, steps taken, and map the runs without the need of pairing it with a smartphone.