Google’s Android Wear now officially supports iOS. Google has announced the compatibility through a blog post entitled “Android Wear now works with iPhones.” The officia blogpost talks in details about all the specifics related to the Android Wear’s compatibility with Apple’s iPhone devices.
Currently, only LG’s Urbane, one of the latest Android Wear smartwatches out there, is compatible with iPhone, for which the update has been rolling out throughout the day. More Android Wear devices from the likes of Motorola, Asus, and Huawei will also work with the iPhone very soon.
Google believes that there are some compelling reasons to use Android Wear over, such as:
Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you’ll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch.
Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate.
Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.”
Obviously the tight system integration that’s possible with an Apple Watch on iOS will trump that of an Android Wear device, so I’m curious to see how Google goes about pulling this off. One thing we know for sure: it’s not going to be anywhere close to the Apple Watch in terms of functionality due to the restrictions implemented on third-party Bluetooth devices. Think Pebble.
Cross-platform compatibility is a good thing for those who carry both an Android and an iPhone device along with them. There are not many folks like these but still it’s a big move from Google to make its smartwatches’ OS compatible with its arch-rival smartphone i.e. iPhone. In near future, iPhone users will have a broader range of smartwatches to choose from, compatible with their smartphone..
Google lists the following Apple devices that’d flawlessly interface with the Android Wear devices: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. The said devices are only compatible with they are running on iOS 8.2 or a later version of Apple’s mobile operating system.
Would you consider buying an Android Wear device to use it along with your iPhone?