Step aside Apple Watch, there’s a whole new bunch of kids on the block.
Did Google just drop a Nuke? Well, we’re about to find out. The company just announced that Android Wear watches are now compatible with iOS. Yes that’s right. You can now pair your iPhone with smartwatches such as the LG Watch Urbane, with smartwatches from Huawei, Motorola and others expected to follow suit.
Once the initial setup is done, Google has managed to include quite a number of features into the iOS version even with Apple’s rather tight restrictions. As such the app supports notifications, fitness tracking via Google Fit and even supports Google Now and Google Now cards, not to mention voice searches.
But that doesn’t mean that everything is hunky dory. There are limitations. For one, it doesn’t support third-party apps and is also not likely to allow developers add Android Wear-compatible features to their iOS apps.
Still, Google will make a set of 3rd party watch faces available to users which is a good thing for those who want to use a custom watch face but are restricted due to Apple’s refusal to allow it. In addition, services such as Gmail and Google Calendar will offer a more detailed level of notification for certain Google apps.
The other element that Android Wear has an advantage over is of course the price factor. For example, the LG Watch Urbane retails for around $278 which is by far a lot cheaper than the cheapest Apple Watch. With the reduction in prices more imminent with the release of new Android Wear devices, consumers may actually have a choice when it comes to selecting a smartwatch to go along with their iOS devices.