Google has revealed that devices powered by the Android Wear smartwatch platform now work with Apple’s iPhone, as the search giant bids to jump-start demand for wristwarmers running the wearables-optimised version of its operating system.
In an official blog post, the Big G said that anyone with an iPhone 5 or newer, running iOS 8.2 or higher, will be able to pair it with a brand new Android Wear device straight out of the box.
That means LG’s new Watch Urbane and just-released models from Huawei and Asus will work with Apple’s handset.
It’s also been discovered that older models will play nice too, although users will need to perform a factory reset of the timepiece in order for it to pair up.
Google says it does not ‘technically support’ older iPhones on Android Wear for iOS, but admits that they do work just fine.
Most of the Android Wear features found on the original platform are available as part of the iOS version.
That means fitness goals and tallies, notifications about messages, calls and social media at a glance and the ability to say ‘OK Google’ and ask for timely information or set reminders.
However, users will find that they’re restricted in the number of watch faces they can use on their Android Wear device once they hook it up to an iPhone. And rich notifications only work with certain official Google apps.
The move should, however, give new life to Android Wear, at a time when it faces unprecedented competition from the Apple Watch.