Google leaves open the possibility for Android Wear support on other platforms

Google leaves open the possibility for Android Wear support on other platforms
The wearable space is a bit strange right now. On one hand, you have quite a lot of devices that are platform agnostic, many of which are in the fitness tracker segment. Smartwatches are sometimes platform agnostic, like the Pebble, but it is becoming more common to see platform specific compatibility. It can be limited, like Tizen smartwatches only working with Samsung Android devices, or a bit wider like Android Wear being compatible with any Android 4.3+ device.

In general, Google tends to do well to support its software on iOS; so obviously, many have wondered whether Google would bring Android Wear support to iPhone users. The move wouldn't be unprecedented, because Google has made Google Glass compatible with iOS. And, Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang isn't ruling out Wear support either, saying:


That is quite far away from a full confirmation, or even an indication that cross-platform support is coming for Android Wear anytime soon. But, it's always good to hear that the plans are at least in the mix, even if we have to assume that it would only be a matter of supporting iOS, and no other non-Android devices. We all know that Apple Wear won't have cross-platform support, and Samsung hasn't made any indications of expanding compatibility for Tizen. 

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8 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I love Android Wear. Its totally awesome.

8. mossman

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

I feel mixed about it myself. I have the Samsung Gear Live coupled with a Note III. When it works, I love it. Music controls are unmatched, especially when you can launch music without having to touch your phone. But the inconsistency of it all is really bothersome. Sometimes I say "OK Google, Play Rush" and it plays Rush in Google Music, and other times it brings up a web search instead. Sometimes my watch disconnects, and I can't seem to get it to reconnect without restarting my watch. If these things were fixed, I'd be 100% behind Android Wear, but right now it feels like an unfinished product.

2. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

If an iOS fan is going to buy a smartwatch it'll probably be the iWa- I name apple watch. And to an iOS fan the apple watch is the only known smartwatch on existence

3. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I don't know... Users are much more style-centric when it comes to watches, and have a much more well-defined idea of what they'll want to put on their wrist compared to the looks of their phone. I could easily see iPhone-users go for the 360 or G watch before the Apple Watch.

5. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

The middle and high school crowd are completely ignorant to anything non iPhone. Believe me I would know

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Apple product user doesn't nescessarily mean fan, and being fan doesn't mean that you like Apple Watch and are going to buy it.

4. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

It'd be nice if it worked with WP8/8.1 as well then it would be the only Smartwatch (LG G Watch) worth buying.

6. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

"We always want to track as many users as possible to enjoy our advertizing experience, so in terms of enabling more people to use Android Wear we desperately need to make it available even to your cat."

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