It was rumored last week that #Google might officially enable support for #AndroidWear with the upcoming #HuaweiWatch. It seems like that report was true as Google has now officially announced that Android Wear smartwatches will finally support the Apple iPhones.
At this point, only the #LG #WatchUrbane is said to be compatible with Android Wear, while the upcoming Huawei Watch as well as the second gen #Moto360 and the #ASUS #ZenWatch2 will be compatible with the iPhones.
This is big news considering that one wouldn’t have expected Google to go down this path when the platform was officially released last year. However, it’s good to see that Google is finally acknowledging the potential of having its premier wearable OS running on Apple’s flagship offerings, opening up a new market of consumers in the process.
Android Wear will be compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, and will need iOS 8.2 or later to function, just like the Amazon listing from last week had inadvertently revealed.
Here are some key highlights of the newly introduced Android Wear support on iOS:
Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite 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.
Source: Google Blog