Instead of making flagship Android Wear devices of its own to take on Apple’s three distinct Watch models, Google is apparently working on a sneakier way to fight the iOS wearables. Just as rumored in the past, the company is apparently adapting its Android Wear platform to work with iPhone in the future.
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Google is close to finishing the final technical details on Android Wear for iOS, according to The Verge, although it’s not clear when it’ll be available to consumers or whether Google will need any kind of special treatment from Apple in order to offer iPhone users a complete Android Wear experience.
Currently, Android Wear for iPhone works with help of companion iOS application and only supports basic notifications, Google Now information cards, voice search and other voice actions. The app could also integrate with other Google iOS apps, and offer additional functions, although a full set of features isn’t available at this time.
Third-party developers already managed to get Android Wear devices paired with iPhone, and recently discovered code in Android indicates that Google is serious about bringing Android Wear to iOS users.
The move is certainly daring, especially considering that Apple has just launched its own smartwatch.
As The Verge notes, an Android Wear companion app might have some issues getting into the App Store even because of its name. According to Apple’s terms of service, no apps or metadata can contain the name of any other mobile platform, Android included.
An image showing a FaceTime notification on an LG G Watch R follows below.