Google has finally made the first move that would completely change the fate of the smartwatch industry. Now smartwatches powered by Google’s Android Wear OS will now work with iPhone / iOS.
Earlier, smartwatches were platform exclusive. In order to use a smartwatch running on Android Wear, users needed to pair it with Android devices only and also the Apple Watch works only with the iPhone. Google has now officially launched the Android Wear app for iOS. It will work with iPhone 5 and above running on iOS 8.2 and above. Once you have successfully paired the Android smartwatch with his iPhone, you can sync your fitness data, receive alert notification for calls and messages and other apps. You can use “Ok Google” command to set Google Now reminders, set timers, open the Weather app and more. However, you will not get support for third-party apps at this moment that is available for the Apple Watch.
Features of Android Wear app for iOS
- Get your info at a glance : Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favourite 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.”
Officially, the Android Wear for iPhone currently supports LG Watch Urbane and upcoming smartwatches like Huawei Watch, ASUS ZenWatch 2 and new Motorola 360. However, we have seen people reporting that it even works with the current gen Android smartwatches as well.
Download Link on the App Store : Android Wear for iOS