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September 1, 2015

Google Introduces Android Wear App for iOS

Limited Capabilities, Supported Products

Two worlds are colliding.

wearable-2It may sound like a tagline for a cheesy science fiction film, but Google announced Monday it’s created an iOS app that will enable Android Wear to operate on an iPhone. This means those who, for years, have had to depend on their Android device to operate their wearable can soon use their iPhone.

“Android Wear for iOS is rolling out today. Just pair your iPhone (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2+) with an Android Wear watch to bring simple and helpful information right to your wrist,” Google said in a blog entry.

This means users will be able to follow their fitness progression, get notifications and manage their lives through an Android wearable that will sync with an iPhone.

Yet, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Wired reports the news from Google makes it sound like a smooth transition when, in fact, the app will only support the LG Watch Urbane with more devices added in the future. Just as much of a bummer is the fact what is available through the app is just the basics. Users won’t get the full Android experience because, well, they’re using an iPhone.

Google deserves some credit for finally stepping up and recognizing Apple users may want to get in on the game but stating “Android Wear lets you wear what you want” may be a bit much considering the limits of the new app.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.