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Samsung planning to bring many new apps to iOS, rumor claims

Samsung will allegedly port a number of apps to iOS later this year as it tries to increase the cross-platform appeal of its devices, including speakers, tablets, and fitness trackers.

A version of Gear Fit Manager, for instance, will let people pair a Gear Fit with an iPhone, sources explained to SamMobile. Accordingly, Samsung is also said to be working on an iPhone version of S Health, which logs things like activity, food, and sleep. The app normally comes preinstalled on Samsung phones.

Going a step further, the company may also release an app for its Level audio accessories, and two apps — Remote Control and Family Square — for the Galaxy View. The View is a deliberately oversized tablet that behaves like a streaming-based portable TV.

Samsung already has a Smart Camera app for iOS that connects with some of its compact cameras, but the company is reportedly planning an update that might bring a new interface. In its current form the app can copy images and videos, as well as handle some remote control functions, including serving as a viewfinder.

Samsung recently announced that it would add iOS support to its Gear S2 smartwatch. By comparison, Apple has virtually no presence on Samsung devices — the Apple Watch is only compatible with iPhones for example, and there are only two Apple-made Android apps — Apple Music and Move to iOS.