The rumors now becomes true. Google has just announced official support for using Android Wear smartwatches on iPhone running iOS 8.2 or later.
Android Wear iOS app will be available to download today. Means that the devices includes support from iPhone 5 onwards. More importantly, this app only works with the very latest in Wear watches. Right now, the only smartwatch that works with this is the new LG Watch Urbane, and that’s the most recent wearable to launch. The app will also support with all future Wear devices, including watches from ASUS, Motorla and Huawei. The download link gone live on the iOS App Store, can grab it from below.
You will need at least an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or later.
Compatible iOS versions:
The aforementioned iPhone models running at least iOS 8.2 or above.
Compatible Android Wear watches:
Smartwatches from LG and any upcoming Android Wear powered devices, including Huawei Watch and Moto 360 2. The older wearables like Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360, LG G Watch R etc. are not officially supported. Hopefully the Android/iOS community will figure out a way to make these atches work with the official iOS apps!
In order to ensure a streamlined setup pairing with an iOS phone. Only the latest Android Wear runners have this capability. Once paired, you’ll get all the notifications from your favorite Google services like Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Now, as well as Apple’s Calendar, Google Fit, the weather, alarm, agenda, Translate.
What you can and can’t do with Android Wear on iOS:
Limitations are there, set by Apple, Android Wear watches can’t do as much as Apple Watch on iPhone or even what Android Wear watches can on Android devices.
- Display Google Now cards.
- Show all the notifications.
- Track fitness using Google Fit.
- Measure heart-rate.
- Google Now voice search/commands.
- Set different watch faces, including those from third-parties, from a limited set of collection.
- Run some native apps like Weather and Translate.
- Reply to incoming notifications.
- Receive phone calls (that you can’t do even when connected to Android phones)
- Run third-party apps.
- Not all of the third-party watch faces are available.
It’ll work with voice queries and you can change the watch face just as you can with the Android app. Any third-party app notifications that show up on iPhone will also show on the watch, but if you want true native third-party app syncing, apparently that’s still in the works. If you happen to have an LG Watch Urbane and you have an iPhone lying around, you can go ahead and try out the app, currently.
Android Wear iOS app is now live on the App Store. You can download it from here
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