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  • Google Begins Rolling Out Android Wear iOS App Starting Today for iPhone Pairing


    It has been long rumored that Google was working on an application to bring compatibility of its Android Wear smartwatches to the iOS platform, and starting Monday, this will finally be a reality, no longer requiring hackery to work.

    The pairing application is already rolling out into the App Store and will be available for everyone later throughout the day. To start off, only a select few Android Wear smartwatches will be able to connect to iOS with the application at this point in time, but all Android Wear smartwatches going forward will be compatible.

    The Verge was among the first to report the news Monday morning, and had some interesting insight about the experience. First to note is that Android Wear smartwatches won't have as many features when paired to the iPhone as an Apple Watch will, which isn't all that surprising since Apple wants to be the dominant platform when paired to their own platform.

    The only Android Wear smartwatch to work with the iPhone so far is the LG Watch Urbane, but all future Android Wear smartwatches will also be supported by the Android Wear application for iOS, such as those manufactured by Huawei, Asus, and Motorola. The reason Google has chosen to prevent older smartwatches from being able to pair with an iPhone is because the company can guarantee that all upcoming smartwatches will be compatible with future software updates, while the same can't be said for legacy smartwatches.

    As noted earlier, a special application will be required to make this work. Google's Android Wear application will allow you to pair your Android Wear smartwatches to your iPhone so you can mirror notifications, use voice search, configure custom watch faces, track your fitness, and more. Below, you can see some screenshots of the application in action, compliments of The Verge:



    Google notes that you can do the following things with your Android Wear smartwatch via the iOS application:

    Quote Originally Posted by Google

    • 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.”

    As far as limitations go, because Apple doesn't allow third-party App Stores to have any say over the iPhone, you're pretty much limited to native applications and can't use Android Wear applications on or with the iPhone. You will also be unable to reply to text messages using your Android Wear smartwatch, so unlike the Apple Watch, you'll actually have to type on your iPhone to reply to messages when it comes to paring and Android Wear smartwatch the iPhone.

    Despite the limitations, Google is reportedly working very closely with Apple to ensure that the Android Wear application doesn't violate any terms and conditions with Apple's App Store. This means that the application isn't likely to be pulled any time soon. On the other hand, because Android Wear smartwatches carry such a smaller price tag than Apple's own smartwatch does, there is a huge possibility that the pairing of Android Wear smartwatches with Apple's iPhone could end up more common than initial thoughts may have you thinking.

    Android Wear for iOS, as Google notes in their official announcement on Monday, requires an iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or later, just like the Apple Watch.

    Update: Android Wear for iOS is a free download at this App Store link.

    Are you interested in trying to pair an Android Wear smartwatch with your iPhone?

    Source: Google via The Verge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Begins Rolling Out Android Wear iOS App Starting Today for iPhone Paring started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. TDH Advocate's Avatar
      TDH Advocate -
      I have a feeling even with the lower price tag we will see a good number of apple watches because of the added features. It's highly likely that people may start with android wear before moving to apple watch and may honestly just become a sort of gateway product like pebble is for many people. But who knows.
    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      If the Moto 360 can work with iPhone, I would prefer that design over the Apple Watch. The leather band 360 is currently $149.
    1. Wolftamer's Avatar
      Wolftamer -
      You mean I can't share my heartbeat to somebody with my 360?!?! OMG, how will I survive....
    1. shadow-evillink's Avatar
      shadow-evillink -
      no wonder google hasn't made hangouts compatible for the apple watch. its all about the $$
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TDH Advocate View Post
      I have a feeling even with the lower price tag we will see a good number of apple watches because of the added features. It's highly likely that people may start with android wear before moving to apple watch and may honestly just become a sort of gateway product like pebble is for many people. But who knows.
      i agree. i had a fitbit surge but with the lack of features compared to the apple watch, i switched. (i did sell the surge for a profit though
    1. Pzone2310's Avatar
      Pzone2310 -
      Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
      If the Moto 360 can work with iPhone, I would prefer that design over the Apple Watch. The leather band 360 is currently $149.
      If you update the watch and then factory reset it. It will pair with the iPhone with no problems. Set mine up last night and it works flawless.
      iPhone 6 + with Moto 360!
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wolftamer View Post
      You mean I can't share my heartbeat to somebody with my 360?!?! OMG, how will I survive....
      The ability to reply or send messages using the Apple Watch has become invaluable to me. If Google gear isn't equipped/allowed this feature then I would not be able to even consider it as an alternative.