We’ve long been enjoying Android Wear on our wrists, including Google Now alerts and voice commands, for a while now. And starting today, our iPhone-toting friends can do the same.
Google today officially announced Android Wear support for iPhone. iOS users will get many of the same features that Android Wear on Android offers, including alerts for phone calls and messages, always-on displays, and notifications from various apps. They’ll also have access to fitness tracking with Google Fit, “Ok Google” voice commands, the ability to set reminders, and Google Now functionality like traffic and flight info.
Unfortunately for iPhone users, they won’t get the same watch face selection that we enjoy. While Google Play offers thousands of different faces, iOS users will have to make do with a handful of faces selected by Google and included with the Android Wear app.
Android Wear for iOS supports the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus, and it requires iOS 8.2 or higher. Right now you can only use the LG Watch Urbane with iOS, meaning that you can’t pick up a cheap LG G Watch or Moto 360 to try it out. However, Google says that all future Android Wear watches will support iOS.
Kudos to Good Guy Google for extending support for Android Wear to iOS. And while Android Wear for iOS isn’t quite as fully-featured as it is on Android, is supports most of the basic features that you’d expect from a smartwatch, and iOS users will soon have a much wider selection of smartwatches to choose from.
You think Apple will ever add Android support to the Apple Watch?