Android Wear support officially comes to iOS
Last Friday, we saw Amazon list the Huawei Watch for pre-order, only for the page to subsequently be taken down. Huawei released a statement mentioning “incorrect information” on “a partner website,” but didn’t go into much detail. We’re still waiting for the full story on that smartwatch’s release, but at least one related mystery has just managed to resolve itself. You see, while that listing was still up, it mentioned iOS compatibility for the Huawei Watch, despite this being an Android Wear model. We wondered at the time just what was meant by that, and today we seem to have our answer, as Google formally announces Android Wear support for iOS.
For this to work you’ll need both an iPhone 5 or better running iOS 8.2 or later, and a compatible Android Wear smartwatch. Google’s getting this iOS support going with the LG Watch Urbane, and promises that forthcoming Android Wear models will work with iOS devices, but for the time being it’s not saying much about support for other existing Android Wear devices. And at least, from the careful way Google seems to have gone out of its way to not mention any such updates, we wonder if many models might be left behind.
Just like on Android, with iOS and an Android Wear watch you’ll enjoy access to notifications, be able to track fitness goals, and take advantage of “OK Google” voice commands.
Update: Despite Google only mentioning iOS support for the LG Watch Urbane among already available Android Wear models, the compatibility does appear to extend to other watches running the latest system software, like the first-gen Moto 360.