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Samsung Gear S adds Nike+ Running and Here Maps support

The Samsung Gear S will have Nike Plus Running and Nokia Here Maps support when it launches later this year.

Due to be released in October, the Gear S is a smartwatch that has can support a SIM card for 3G connectivity.

What’s also another new feature for the Gear range is that the Gear S comes with GPS connectivity.

This feature has ushered in a new wave of wearable apps that are currently only compatible with the Gear S.

These include the Nike Plus Running app, which lets you check your running routes, tack your progress and view your fitness metrics, even if you leave your phone at home. The GPS lets you see how fan you’ve run and how fast you were moving.

The app is also kitted out with a music player, allowing you to add music to a playlist with a tap and play it while you run.

“We are very excited to welcome the Nike Plus Running App to Samsung’s Gear portfolio,” said Chan Woo Park, VP of Product Strategy Team in Mobile Division at Samsung. “With its ergonomically fit design, empowered by multi-sensors, GPS and IP67, the Samsung Gear S is a perfect health and fitness companion.”

“With the Nike Plus Running app it will be even more attractive and fun for people to enjoy running, while tracking runs, reaching goals and sharing with friends, all on their wrist.”

The Samsung Gear S is also getting a special Nokia Here Maps powered app called Navigator. It offers turn-by-turn walking navigation and public transport information.

Due to the Gear S’s 3G compatibility, the app can function as a standalone experience for the Gear S. This includes storing map data on the device and downloading them for offline navigations and local searches.

“Here aims to deliver fresh maps, platform services and location cloud experiences to as many people and businesses as possible, independent of the device and operating system they are using,” said Sean Fernback, Senior VP of Everyday Mobility at Here. “Partnering with Samsung for the Tizen OS, and providing maps and locations services for the first time with the new Samsung Gear is another huge step for us in that direction.”

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