We’ve heard murmurings about this possibility a few months back, but now it’s official: your iOs devices will now be able to sync with Android Wear devices. This is quite a big step for the extremely competitive rivalry between Apple and Android, and it may even signal the start of cross-platform apps and features in the future. But for now, Android Wear users who have iPhones will be able to enjoy it, as well as Apple users who have or are planning to get an Android Wear smartwatch rather than the Apple Watch.
However, for now, what Android Wear can bring to the iPhone is still limited to notifications and fitness tracking. Third party apps will still not be able to work yet, but that may only be temporary. What it can do right away is to give you notifications for phone calls, messages, and other apps. You can also set fitness goals as the smartwatch can track your walking, running, and heart rate as well. You will also be able to use the “Ok Google” feature, which can serve as your voice digital assistant.
Android Wear isn’t the first wearable device that can work with both Android and iOS devices. That has been one of the selling points of the Pebble line of smartwatches. This new development may affect sales for a brand that has been consistent in sales, but has faced criticisms that its wearable features are a little bit “behind the times”. And with a lot of OEMs producing Android Wear smartwatches with so many bells and whistles, then Pebble might get lost in this new wave.
This first version of Android Wear on iOS however will only work with the LG G Watch Urban. But fear not, Google assures that future models, like those from Asus, Huawei , and Motorola will also be compatible. The Android Wear app will work with iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus, as long as they’re updated to iOS 8.2 and above.