Google contemplating iOS compatibility for Android Wear

Google contemplating iOS compatibility for Android WearUncannily, 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.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:37

I doubt iOS or, rather, Apple will play ball...
It's funny though - they (Google etc) cannot admit that maybe, just maybe, they tried to force a hit upon the world that the world isn't ready for? Or rather, the makers haven't come up with
the right formula, yet? They are thinking smartphone boom v2.0. But the smartphone boom
came along with exploding online action that seemed too good to miss out on. I want my Twitter on the go, my Facebook, and god damn: someone just has to see the shape of the french fries I'm eating - they are so normal.... And: convergence. MP3 player, point and shoot camera, GPS, SatNav etc etc.... Smartwear 'gear', as it is, is fragmentation heaven. This one does A, that one does B etc etc - and the phone we're all still wearing does most of it, too. And what works with what? Maybe it is a boom. But one where there won't be an 'iThing' to 'kill'?
But rather: loadsa different devices with different purposes? Watches have been around for a loooong time. There hasn't been one that 10 million people buy on the 1st weekend, right? Okay, some of the first 'digital' watches sold obscenely well, but not in iPhone or Galaxy
But enough have been sold to keep many companies going for many decades.
And maybe that is what the wearables 'boom' will be for a long time?
Specialist products by small companies that know what they are doing?
Nothing wrong with that. Do we need another god corporation?
And honestly, do you want your health 'monitored' by something made/controlled by Google? You take a few sick days. Then again... and oops, your health insurance provider taps into some giant data base and finds that you've been jogging every single sick day. THAT will happen.

Try to get a 2nd hand liver. Unless your George Best v.2.0, what are your chances, when someone 'finds' your wine receipts? That is happening.


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