Google adds iPhone support to Android Wear smartwatches

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Google has just announced that Android Wear will work with the iPhone for the very first time. And like the Apple Watch, Android Wear watches are compatible with the iPhone 5 or newer, and iOS 8.2 and later. The only catch is that not all Android Wear watches available today will work with iOS…

Android Wear now works with iPhone

Google states that iPhone support is limited to the LG Watch Urbane, but that all future Android Wear watches will support iOS. That also includes Huawei’s new smartwatch and new watches from Asus and Motorola. That appears to suggest that support for the Moto 360 and other existing watches is limited for the time being.

Unofficially though, Android Wear has been tested with iOS with limited success with other smartwatches. The LG G Watch R and the Moto 360 at least have been found by developers to actually work even though they are not officially supported.

Rumours online have suggested the possibility of Android Wear working with iOS for a while now. And with a new set of Android Wear watches about to hit the streets, Google looks like it’s finally ready to open its platform to iOS.

Apple’s watchOS operating system however is locked down to iPhones and doesn’t work with Android.

Android Wear iOS

Here’s more information from Google:-

  • Android Wear for iOS is rolling out today. Just pair your iPhone (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2+) with an Android Wear watch to bring simple and helpful information right to your wrist:
  • 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.”

Google’s Android Wear app for iPhone is now available on the App Store.

SOURCE: Google.

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