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Google is now allowing their Android Wear wearables to be paired with iPhones

By John Law - on 1 Sep 2015, 11:49am

Google is now allowing their Android Wear wearables to be paired with iPhones

So far, only three Android Wear smartwatches can be paired with the iPhone: the Huawei Watch, the Asus ZenWatch 2, and the LG Watch Urbane. <br> Image source: The Verge.

Yes, you read that title right. As of Monday this week, Google has officially allowed their new Android Wear smartwatches to be paired with Apple’s iPhone and, by extension, their iOS.

More specifically and according to The Verge, Google is actually allowing a specific number of Android Wear smartwatches to be paired with the iPhone, and those watches are the Huawei Watch, the Asus ZenWatch 2, and the LG Watch Urbane. As to why there is no support for older Android Wear smartwatches, Jeff Chang, Lead Product Manager for Wear at Google had this to say:

“In order to guarantee a good experience, where out of the box it will work immediately and you don’t have to do any fancy footwork, that’s why it has to be with the newer watches.”

Mind you, this move (on Google’s part) to allow cross-platform support for its wearables is another sign that Google is beginning to encroach into the Apple Watch’s territory, and quite frankly, there’s a lot for Apple to be worried about. Compared to the Apple Watch, Android Wear smartwatches are cheaper and – as you have no doubt deduced from the number of manufacturers of the smartwatches – have more variety in the design and quality department.

In terms of functionality, here is a list of what works when both devices are paired together:

  • Your notifications from the iPhone are mirrored on Android Wear.
  • You get Google Now cards on the watch.
  • There are a bunch of different watch faces — including select third-party watch faces — that you can install and use.
  • There are a few native apps on the watch you can tap into, like Weather or a clever Translate app.
  • Voice search works, including various reminders that you might want to send to Google Now.
  • You can do fitness tracking on the watch with Google Fit.
  • You can get rich notifications from a small set of Google apps, such as Calendar and Gmail.

Google's cross-platform support between their Android Wear and Apple's iPhone is a welcomed initiative, but it goes without saying that there will be some compatibility issues to address in the future. <br> Image source: The Verge.

Source: The Verge.