Android Wear iPhone support may be nearly complete, but will Apple cooperate?

Today’s wearables market offer mobile technology junkies more options than ever before when it comes to smartwatches, but despite all the different devices out there, your options are still going to be limited by your choice of smartphone. If you want to use certain Gear models, that means needing to own a Samsung handset, or if you intend to pick up the new Apple Watch, you’re going to need an iPhone. Android Wear’s been open to the Android platform at large, but can it do even better than that? We’ve been hearing talk for a while about the idea of possibly bringing Wear support to iOS devices, and have seen the occasional glimpse of evidence towards that goal. Now a new report suggests that work is nearly complete, and Google may soon be ready to release an Android Wear app for iOS.

Apple Android Wear support is said to include the standard assortment of notifications we’d expect, along with voice controls and the presence of Google Now info cards. There’s also supposed to be some level of support for watch-based replies, but the full feature set, including things like possible wrist-borne media controls, is far from clear.

Much of that may depend on just what Apple lets Google get away with, as ultimately any Android Wear iOS app would need to pass Apple’s scrutiny prior to App Store approval. There’s the risk that if Google tries to make things too feature-rich, Apple may see it as undesired competition for its own Apple Watch, and decline to green-light the app.

Source: The Verge

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