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.

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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.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

bgraham Avatar
74 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.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DaveWil Avatar
74 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.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pcmacgamer Avatar
74 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.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sw1tcher Avatar
74 months ago
Apple should never allow any android POS watch be available to talk to any iOS device.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
horsebattery Avatar
74 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!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stvon90 Avatar
74 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.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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