Uncannily, Mobot reader ZFactor asked the other day: “Does Android Wear only work with Android phones and the Apple Watch only work with the iPhone?” This here story might tickle your fancy, Z.
At present Android Wear is only interested in syncing with Android phones, but product manager Jeff Chang is keen to spread the love.
That’s the word over on Huffpost Tech United Kingdom, with exclusive speech bubbles from Chang.
"We always want as many users as possible to enjoy our experience, so in terms of enabling more people to use Android Wear we're very interested in making that happen."
When it comes to smartphones, Android easily has the larger market share, but a lot of that business comes from emerging markets. Meanwhile, iPhone peeps are more spend happy than their Android counterparts – as evidenced by the App Store bringing in more money than Google Play. Tapping into those affluent heathens is a no-brainer.
However, it’s not all about Google. Making Android Wear compatible with iPhones would necessitate a little cooperation from Timothy Cook & Co, and they’re quite busy with the Apple Watch right now.
"It's not always completely up to us right? There are technical constraints, API constraints so we are trying really hard,” says Chan.
"We would love to have Android Wear reach as many people as possible but I'll just say that it's not 100 per cent under our control."
Microsoft is tipped to be prepping a smartwatch for imminent launch, and it’s rumoured to boast cross-platform compatibility. Consensus is it’ll launch any day now.
In the meantime, head over to Wareable to satisfy your wearable tech cravings.