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Android Wear Now Compatible With iPhone, iOS App Launches Today

Google announced today that Android Wear is now compatible with the iPhone 5 or later running at least iOS 8.2. An official Android Wear for iOS [Direct Link] companion app is rolling out on the App Store today worldwide.

Android Wear for iPhone has several features familiar to Android users, including third-party watch faces, fitness tracking, notifications, Google Now and voice searches. Android Wear for iPhone will also have Google apps such as Weather and Translate preinstalled, but third-party iOS apps are not supported due to Apple's restrictions.

Google has attempted to work around Apple's limitations, but Android Wear for iPhone still has some locked-down functionality compared to what is possible with a paired Android smartphone. Rich notifications, for example, are only supported for a handful of stock Google apps, while the selection of watch faces is limited due to the lack of third-party app support.

Android Wear for iOS is compatible with the new LG Watch Urbane, upcoming Huawei Watch and Asus ZenWatch 2 and all future Android Wear smartwatches out of the box. Android Wear for iOS does not officially support existing Android Wear smartwatches such as the Moto 360 or Samsung Gear, but most users find that older models do work after a factory reset.

The Verge has published an extensive hands-on of Android Wear for iPhone alongside the announcement.

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39 months ago

Android is googles trojan horse to get data from you to provide ads for stuff you like. Nothing more. No offence but anyone dumb enough

I wouldn't buy any android device at all. Android is Googles trojan horse to get all the info it can from you and shove ads in your face and make a bleep load of money from your info.

And iOS is Apple's trojan horse of locking you in their ecosystem so you have to pay hundreds of dollars more on hardware than you otherwise would do.

It works both ways.
Rating: 24 Votes
39 months ago
About time. I love my Apple Watch, but google should have been on iOS a long time ago.

It is nice for people to have options.
Rating: 22 Votes
39 months ago

Apple should never allow any android POS watch be available to talk to any iOS device.

How many "pos android watches" have you tried on the iPhone? How about reserve judgment until a review actually comes out/you try it yourself. Don't let blind allegiance to a brand get in the way of trying other options.
Rating: 17 Votes
39 months ago

Apple should never allow any android POS watch be available to talk to any iOS device.

Rating: 16 Votes
39 months ago

At least I don't get any crap in my inbox from Apple and I know apple cares about my privacy. When I was with gmail, I must've got at least 50 spam messages a day with Gmail. with my icloud email address, I maybe get 10 a week.

Since you've thrown logic out the window dozens of posts ago anyway - by your post then that must mean Gmail has a much better spam filter! Full hyperbole ahead!
Rating: 13 Votes
39 months ago

Right because a big black bar at the bottom of a circular screen is a proper smart watch. :rolleyes:

black bars? not exactly. We need to introduce you to something called freedom of choice. If you don't like something you can buy something else. So stop complaining cause choice is better for everyone. Not everyone wants to buy a square watch. I personally don't like the apple watch looks and especially the cost. If I can get something that costs less and looks better then everybody wins.
Rating: 10 Votes
39 months ago

And why would I buy one of those to use with the iPhone? Maybe I am missing something here.

It is cheaper more options available and cross compatibility if you do end up switching
Rating: 10 Votes
39 months ago
So now Apple users can have a proper smartwatch! Nice! Moto360 here i come! :D
Rating: 9 Votes
39 months ago

Why is half that round screen green? Seems like a waste of real estate, unless the longer the message the more real estate it fills up on the screen?

My friend, you really should stop dissing round watches, because you're gonna look bad when Apple makes one to compete with Android Wear :) We went through the same silly debate with smaller tablets, larger phones, multitasking, widgets of some sort, notifications, etc. It's getting old.

Not to mention that the 38mm Apple Watch shows less text than the 42mm, so that argument is also bogus.

However, I do think your constant comments about Android Wear needing smaller versions (for women, for example) are right on the money, and I fully support you on that.

To answer your question, the top usually shows the sender.

Notice that Android Wear round watches sometimes show MORE text than the Apple rectangular face, because its reply menus are on another page.

Rating: 9 Votes
39 months ago

Apple should never allow any android POS watch be available to talk to any iOS device.

Sure, and while they are at it, Apple should immediately discontinue iTunes for Windows, only allow Macs and iDevices to work with Airport base stations and limit the web accessible through Safari to family-friendly entertainment sites (Disney) and a handful of Apple-approved rumour blogs.

Apple should never allow Android-using heathens to be able to talk to iOS users. Doing so will irreversibly damage the reality distortion field and ruin customer experience.
Rating: 9 Votes

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