Nike+ app up and running with Samsung Gear S GPS features

Popular fitness app pre-loaded onto Samsung's latest smartwatch
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It's not just Nokia getting in on the Samsung Gear S action (HERE maps come pre-loaded on the new smartwatch) as the Korean tech giant has cosied up with Nike to offer the popular Nike+ Running app straight out of the box.

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The GPS skills of the Gear S mean that you won't need to team up your smartphone to get in on the Nike+ Running fun as your new smartwatch can do all the tracking on-the-go. There's also a built-in music player within the app and your heart-rate can of course be monitored by the Gear S's optical sensor as well.

As the Gear S also packs 3G connectivity, you can also get messages from the Nike+ community and your social networks while you're pounding the pavement – although, you will need a separate SIM and data contract.

“We are very excited to welcome the Nike+ Running App to Samsung’s Gear portfolio,” said Samsung's Chan Woo Park.

“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+ 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.”

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The GPS features of the Gear S certainly set it apart from other smartwatches and we can't wait to get our hands on a review model to see if it's as accurate as a dedicated running watch such as the Garmin Forerunner 15.

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Paul Lamkin


Wareable Media Group co-CEO Paul launched Wareable with James Stables in 2014, after working for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Forbes, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and has been a judge for the TechRadar Awards. 

Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.

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