Google is "close" to bringing Android Wear to iOS, but will Apple allow this?


Introduced by Google last year, Android Wear is a platform that, for now, is compatible only with devices running Android 4.3 or later. However, as you may remember, Google didn't rule out the possibility of making Android Wear work with other platforms. In fact, according to The Verge, Google is already "close to finishing the final technical details" that will let Android Wear users pair their smartwatches with iOS devices. Naturally, this would enable all Android Wear wearables to directly compete with the Apple Watch, which will be launched later this month, on April 24.

Reportedly, Android Wear smartwatches should be able to work with iOS thanks to a companion app that currently offers basic functionality (including notifications). Of course, it remains to be seen if Apple will approve the Android Wear app for iOS. The Cupertino company's App Store guideline specifically says that apps which mention competitor platforms can't be approved, and Android Wear is definitely a competitor platform.

What do you think, does Apple have any solid reasons to let Google bring Android Wear to iOS users?

P.S.: pictured above is an LG G Watch R displaying a FaceTime notification from iOS (apparently, this is part of the current Android Wear app for iOS).

source: The Verge

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37 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, they would be making a bit of a double standard if they didn't allow the Android Wear platform when they've allowed products like the Pebble for many years now. I'm sure their's some type of legal ramifications for unfair business practices to have those types of double standards... But I'm not a lawyer so who knows.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nope Google isn't guilty of double standards. None at all.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They may kick pebble out of iOS if they view them to be a threat. For Apple user, just buy Apple made accessories, why buy anything else? I always buy Apple made accessories whenever possible for my Apple gadget.

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

If you like Apple products that's cool, but why would you expect everyone else to be content with a single option because you deem it adequate. If you went looking to buy a new car, how would it make you feel if you had only a Toyota Camry with a primer paint job as an option, because someone made the decision for you than anything else is not necessary? And if you question the lack of diversity in your options they reply with "Why buy anything else?".

35. TBomb

Posts: 1582; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Very good point Scott and I agree... BUT.. for people who own Apple products, they're content with only having 1 option and the pigeon hole of only Apple stuff really working with their products. If they didn't like it they wouldnt be owning it to start. However, my view of the story is that Apple should allow it... unless they're scared... in which case they should allow it and just make a better product.

36. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I suspect that by now, AppleFans have already forgotten that there used to be Nike bands in the Apple Stores, removed so that there is no confusion when the Apple Watch arrives. That's just how Apple does things, and it's fine, its their stores after all, their ecosystem, if they don't want something to be compatible with their devices it's fine.

37. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, you can't really argue with that now can you.

38. cheetah2k

Posts: 2275; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

If apple likes Anti-competition, Anti-trust law suits, let them ban Android Wear

2. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

The answer is NO. They won't. They only want to push their technology and because is convenient for them. They're just too greedy to let Android play in their own yard.

10. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

1. Hey, look, Google apps! If you ask me, it's irrelevant. Apps are OK for Apple, because at the end, they're just apps. But in this case, my friend, it's a device what we're talking about (any smartwatch from Google VS Apple Watch). Android Watch devices have been on the market for a while, and I'm pretty sure iPhone owners know well. Devices that, technically speaking, are way cheaper and offer the same functionality as an Apple watch. Apple will be aggresively pushing their technology, and honestly I don't think they'll be risking the opportunity to have market penetration on the Apple watch. 2. C'mon. It's just a Pebble. Really?

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's ok. You were wrong. Don't cry about it.

15. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

We'll see.

31. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Actually, Antimio is quite wright.

3. gaming64 unregistered

Expecting fandroids to come out of their caves.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Or from under the bridges.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Talking about double standards, you seem to be angry with people who come into iOS articles to troll, yet you're the biggest troll of them all. Here's a recent Motorola article which wasn't up for 5 minutes before you managed to snatch the first post. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Motorola-Moto-X-now-comes-with-a-free-Moto-Hint-off-contract-US-only_id68066/comments Kanye's hypocrisy knows no limits!!!

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm sorry for being right. Next time I will stoop to your level.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You're right Kanye, Beyonce's music video and latest album are the greatest thing ever, Google and Motorola , oh, I mean Taylor Swift and Beck pail in comparison to the awesomeness that is Beyonce cough! Apple! Cough!.

21. gaming64 unregistered

Dude, if you hate Kanye the smartass, just ignore him. In fact, I really didnt want him to go up on stage and steal Taylor's Mtv.

29. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Wow, these 2 guys (gaming64 and Mxy) really reminds me of the guys in Dumb and Dumber To, reading their comments is as funny as watching the movie.

22. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Not really. Most fandroids don't care much about the Apple watch. I've met more people who wished my 360 worked on iOS than the other way around.

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Maybe an LG or Samsung smartwatch, but I doubt anyone is jonesing to slap 2009's "state-of-the-art" SoC, the TI OMAP 3, to their wrists unless they are still carrying an HTC Hero or iPhone 3GS around.

32. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

But I thought smarwatches were fashion accessories? But really, until these smarwatches have the same capabilities and need the same power as a smartphone, putting much more in is overkill. I've been using my Moto360 since last year, and it's not locking up and any lag that is there can be measured in terms of milliseconds compared to other running SD chips.

33. Sauce5 unregistered

It does work on my iOS device. Do some research.

7. seven7dust unregistered

It won't matter androidbwear hasn't really sold well anyway , its still too under developed to make a difference watch Apple outsell android wear galaxy gear n pebble in a few months. The digital crown is the killer app , just like multi-touch vs android 1 and 2 which suffered.

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

the digital crown is a joke the ui is mostly a joke apples gonna push hard to try a sell this crap, even the sheep are not flocking for this one. the orbis from samsung is the correct way to do a digital crown.

9. QWERTYslider unregistered

"Will Apply ALLOW this ???" This is exactly why I hate Apple with a passion.

11. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It probably won't do well on IOS, because the users will probably just get the Apple watch. It is still cool they are doing this. What I would really like to see is it on windows phone, as I would buy a Moto 360 in a heartbeat. They won't though, because they just ignore the platform. Until then (if it ever happens), I will just settle for the mi band.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, the more choices, the better for the consumer. I just don't see Apple allowing Android Wear, or Microsoft for that matter, especially now that Microsoft has made efforts to remove Google from its mobile OS on a few model phones. But I'm sure it won't be long before the big MS has their own option to take on Android Wear and Apple Watch.

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