That’s right – beginning today, a select set of Android Wear smartwatches (and all future watches) will work with the iPhone. The app should be rolling out worldwide soon.
For now Android Wear smartwatches will work on the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 or above.
It was long time due and much anticipated that Google will support iOS devices sooner or later. Now that they have announced the support for iPhones, it means only one thing – Google will be challenging the Apple Watch on its home turf.
As of now, it’s not really a threat as right now, only three watches officially support the iPhone, two of which aren’t even available for purchase yet: the Huawei Watch, the Asus ZenWatch 2, and the LG Watch Urbane. Don’t underestimate yet, this is a huge challenge for long term.
The set-up process with Android Wear on an iPhone is easy. Install the Android Wear app, pair the watch to the phone, and tap through some screens to set up some basic preferences. After that, you’re basically done
Here are some of the functions that work with your iPhone:
- Get App notifications, Calls and Message notifications on your smartwatch with ability to dismiss them smartwatch
- Track your fitness goals, as you would on an Android device.
- Google Now cards are also supported.
- Customize the watch faces
- Voice search (including setting reminders through Google Now)
- Rich notifications available for Google Apps.
There are going to be probably half a dozen different Android Wear watches that will work with iPhones by the end of the year — if not more. Each of them looks different and, Google hopes, may appeal more to your personal style then the rounded capsule design of the Apple Watch. The question that needs to be answered here is whether iPhone users were ever interested in Android Wear smartwatches?