Android Wear Update Includes Compatibility for iPhones
Love what Android Wear has brought to the wearable market but own an iPhone? You’re in luck.
This morning Google announced that Android Wear has received an update that will allow the OS to work with iPhones (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus) on iOS 8.2 and newer.
Watches running Android Wear will need to receive the update before they’ll be able to sync with iPhones. At the moment only three watches are officially supported but more devices, both new and old, are expected to receive compatibility in this fall.
This is great news for iPhone users as this update opens them up to a whole new line up of wearables. The watches will pair to your phone via Bluetooth and will work with the Android Wear companion app available in the App Store.
As Google has limited access to Apple’s API, features are quite limited. At the moment an Android Wear watch will only be able to show you notifications, track fitness [yet to be confirmed if it will sync with Apple Health] and use Google Now allowing you search and receive Google Now cards. Although there won’t be any third party support Google will have first-party applications such as weather, translate and some access to calendar and Gmail. Also, you will still be able to get additional watch faces.
It’s hard to tell how this will impact the current wearable market but It’s nice to know our iPhone toting peers will have a large selection to choose from.[SOURCE: Official Google Blog]