Sportswear maker Nike, a long-time partner of Apple, has now teamed up with Samsung to market healthcare apps for smartphones. Samsung said Sunday that its smartwatch Gear S, slated for release next month, will be equipped with Nike+, a GPS running app.
The app records users' exercise amount, running route and heart rate. It also allows users to leave the fitness data on their smartphones at home or in locker rooms through the Gear S' 3G connection.
A built-in music player lets runners select songs from a playlist.
Nike and Apple jointly rolled out Nike+ in 2006, which allowed runners to check the amount of exercise with a sensor in a pair of running shoes and recorded on an iPod linked to the sensor.
In 2012, Nike and Apple co-developed a product called FuelBand, a smart device mounted on a runner's wrist and connected to an iPhone to gauge the amount of exercise.
Industry watchers believe Samsung's recent lead in the market for wearable gadgets has prompted Nike to break away from Apple.
In June this year, Nike rolled out a FuelBand app that is compatible with the Android OS. Park Chan-woo at Samsung said the latest Nike+ app will enable Gear S users to tap into a wider range of functions.