1. bsu11a's Avatar
    Just curious about why someone would want to own this device (as good as it's supposed to be) without apps like Google Maps, Gmail, Hangouts/Messaging, etc..

    Are folks invested in the Samsung offering of competing products to the core group of Google apps?
    10-01-2015 04:47 PM
  2. haus's Avatar
    Not all of us use Google core apps.

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    10-01-2015 04:54 PM
  3. bsu11a's Avatar
    Not all of us use Google core apps.

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    And I totally respect that. Wondering if you are in the minority or majority which would ultimately have an impact on the success or failure of this device I would think.
    10-02-2015 10:27 AM
  4. L_E_O's Avatar
    I think there will be some impact, but I think for most, Tizen is capable enough and has enough apps to replicate the value people see in smart watches. At the end of day, it's mostly about notification triage, fitness tracking and maybe some voice interaction. Throw in the design of the Gear S2 and what most folks are saying is the ingenious UI, and it's enough for me to give it a go.
    10-02-2015 11:07 AM
  5. GuyWith4Kids's Avatar
    Just curious about why someone would want to own this device (as good as it's supposed to be) without apps like Google Maps, Gmail, Hangouts/Messaging, etc..

    Are folks invested in the Samsung offering of competing products to the core group of Google apps?
    I just picked mine up and I am a little concerned about the lack of google apps as well. I use messenger and it is not supported for example.

    As for maps, music, etc. I use non google apps so I don't think those will be the issue. It is a nice interface for sure.. Jury is still out for me.
    10-02-2015 12:22 PM
  6. winpeguy's Avatar
    Yes, Google will not develop compatible apps for Tizen. At most you can get notifications, but you can't reply or do anything else other than "Open on Phone"
    10-02-2015 12:31 PM
  7. Camaihofer's Avatar
    Didn't know couldn't run Google app... I have note 5, so was interested in this. .but may have to reconsider

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    10-02-2015 03:38 PM
  8. L_E_O's Avatar
    We probably need to clarify what we mean by "compatible". No you can't run Android Wear apps on this watch, but it seems like some of the native Google apps interact just fine. I think what will really drive this is how dynamic the notifications are. Tizen seems to be able to handle at least some of the options present on the notification.

    For example, I use Hangouts as my default text app. My wife just sent me an SMS, and the notification popped up on the S2. I tapped the little menu on the screen, and I had an option to 'Reply'. Tapping that brought up a list of quick replies very similar to what's available on Wear devices. I tapped 'OK' as a reply, and it confirmed the SMS was sent.

    When I got an Inbox (Gmail) notification, the only option I had available to me is "Mark Read". Seems like it's driven more by the app itself and the notifications it pushes to the watch than it is by Tizen compatibility.
    10-02-2015 04:01 PM
  9. srz1977's Avatar
    When I got an Inbox (Gmail) notification, the only option I had available to me is "Mark Read". Seems like it's driven more by the app itself and the notifications it pushes to the watch than it is by Tizen compatibility.
    Are you able to at least read Gmail mail on the S2? I don't really care about replying to things on the watch.
    10-02-2015 06:35 PM
  10. L_E_O's Avatar
    Are you able to at least read Gmail mail on the S2? I don't really care about replying to things on the watch.
    You can. The whole thing actually if you're using the Gmail app. I use the Inbox app, and unfortunately, you only get the first few lines and the option to mark the email read.

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    10-02-2015 07:46 PM
  11. mellyf's Avatar
    . I use messenger and it is not supported for example.
    Disappointing. I use messenger, too.
    10-02-2015 07:57 PM
  12. ks-man's Avatar
    I'm still messing around with it but I think you can use gmail on your phone and get the notifications on the Gear S2. However you can also have your account info in Samsung's e-mail app and just turn off phone notifications. This way you get the notification from Gmail on you S2 but if you want to fully go into an e-mail app you can just bring up Samsung E-mail on your Gear S2.
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    10-02-2015 08:40 PM
  13. ab304945's Avatar
    Only Google app I use is Gmail

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    10-02-2015 08:52 PM
  14. sag7392's Avatar
    I use Inbox and was able to see the contents completely...even mark as done. I use Hangouts, the default SMS on my Note 5, and even Play Music worked. The only thing that doesn't is Google Maps...which was expected. Not really of fan of Here, but at least there's something. Plus, I didn't use my Moto 360 for navigation. All in all, the S2 works the same for me, as my Moto 360 did. One more thing, S-voice is no Google Now, but I rarely used GN on my Moto 360, so I'm not missing much there either.

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    10-03-2015 06:43 AM
  15. arisenfury's Avatar
    I use Messenger and have no problem receiving texts or replying with pre written messages, emojis or using the keyboard.

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    10-03-2015 08:16 AM
  16. verks's Avatar
    I use Inbox and I can reply to emails just fine!

    Sent from one of my many devices.
    10-03-2015 04:40 PM
  17. scoty024's Avatar
    I believe that installing the Android Wear app allows the S2 the ability to perform the appropriate notification actions for most Google Apps (I've confirmed that it allows replies to Hangouts where the reply wasn't an option before installing AW). You never have to open AW though. I installed it and immediately hid it, but can reply using the s2 now.
    10-03-2015 09:58 PM
  18. FitzAusTex's Avatar
    Messenger works just fine. Incorrect to say not supported. Also make sure you are aware of the three dots (menu) option on screen. Gives you more options.
    10-04-2015 11:55 AM
  19. sag7392's Avatar
    I believe that installing the Android Wear app allows the S2 the ability to perform the appropriate notification actions for most Google Apps (I've confirmed that it allows replies to Hangouts where the reply wasn't an option before installing AW). You never have to open AW though. I installed it and immediately hid it, but can reply using the s2 now.
    Are you sure? I've removed all traces of AW apps from my Note 5 and I don't have any issues responding on Hangouts or other apps that I would reply in.

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    10-04-2015 12:54 PM
  20. Ian B's Avatar
    I bought mine Friday but after finding out through reviews and specs, it will not run my must have app watchmaker and thus returned yesterday and got Huawei watch.
    10-04-2015 01:59 PM
  21. scoty024's Avatar
    Are you sure? I've removed all traces of AW apps from my Note 5 and I don't have any issues responding on Hangouts or other apps that I would reply in.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Not sure, just my assumption since until I installed AW, the only option I had for Hangouts was "Open on Phone"... but now I have all the same options I'd have on my Urbane, including those that aren't meant to work, like View Conversation.

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    10-05-2015 12:18 AM

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