While it would have seem logical for Google and its hardware manufacturing partners to lock down Android smartwatch so that they’re compatible only with Mountainview’s mobile OS, it seems that the search giant is willing to give iPhone owners more options in terms of wearables.
As of today, selected Android Wear smartwatches made by Huawei, ASUS, and Motorola support iPhones, meaning that Apple users can finally wear a proper wearable and ditch that atrociousness called Apple Watch. Google and its OS for wearables are all about diversity, style and multiple choices, and there are plenty of options, featuring either sport, casual or classic designs. Assuming that your iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus is running iOS 8.2+, you can now pair your Android Wear smartwatch with it and enjoy all of the following features.
Google has listed the following features on the official Android blog:
– Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so youll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch.
– Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate.
– Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.”
The company added:
When you wear something every day, you want to be sure it really works for you. That’s why Android Wear offers countless design choices, so you can find the watch that fits your style. Want a round watch with a more classic look?
Feel like a new watch band? How about changing things up every day with watch faces from artists and designers? With Android Wear you can do all of that. And now, Android Wear watches work with iPhones.
Dr. Seuss once said: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” We agree. So whoever You are, and whatever You like—Android Wear lets you wear what you want.
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