Android Wear for iOS finally released to support iPhones

Android Wear for iOS finally released to support iPhones

Google has just released Android Wear for iOS to let iPhone users start using Android Wear smartwatches. The platform was originally exclusive to Android smartphones, but now newer Android Wear smartwatches have finally got the anticipated iOS compatibility.

Unlike its counterpart on Android platform, Android Wear for iOS is just designed for newer smartwatch models that initially includes only the premium LG Watch Urbane.

“We’ve worked with manufacturers to ensure that the newest watches work really well with modern iPhones, but last year’s watches aren’t technically supported,” Google said in an official statement.

Android Wear for iOS

Android Wear for iOS

The app brings almost the same functionality that one can get through Android devices such as real-time notifications on new calls, messages and select apps as well as fitness alerts directly from Google Fit. In addition, there is Google Now to let users simply say “Ok Google” to search their queries on Android Wear smartwatches even when they are paired with an iPhone.

On the downside, Android Wear for iOS not only works with newer smartwatches like the Watch Urbane or an upcoming Huawei smartwatch but also needs iOS 8.2 running Apple iPhone 5 or above. This certainly means that there is no support for users who have the iPhone 4s with iOS 8.2.

Android Wear for iOS

Android Wear for iOS app now live

Moreover, the arrival of Android Wear on Apple’s iOS platform finally opens door for smartwatch makers such as Asus, Huawei, LG and Motorola to expand their lineup, but it is still not a good news for the ones who wear older Android Wear models or are using any iPhone model older than the iPhone 5.

Android Wear for iOS is basically designed to make things difficult for the Apple Watch. It includes features like Google Now integration and ‘Always-on’ support to give an advanced experience against the Apple’s offering. But the non-compatibility issues with the dated hardware is somewhere still making Android Wear smartwatches just a gadget for early adopters.

You can visit Apple App Store to download Android Wear for iOS on any of the compatible iPhone model. The app is 44.2MB in size and requires at least iOS 8.2 for operations.

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