iPhone Users Can Now Get the Android Wear for iOS App
The Android Wear app for iOS won't let iPhone users do everything on their devices, but it will provide basic information and functions.Google's Android Wear for iOS app is now available for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 users so they can get many of the features and creativity of Android Wear when they are using an Android smartwatch along with their Apple devices. The long-awaited move, which was rumored in April, means that iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus users who are running iOS 8.2 or later on their devices can now use Android Wear to get information about phone calls, messages and app notifications at a glance on their smartphones. They can also customize their Android watch faces and more using their iPhones, David Singleton, director of engineering for Android Wear, wrote in an Aug. 31 post on the Official Google Blog. In the past, Apple Watches could only be used with iPhones while Android smartwatches had to be used with Android Wear and an Android phone. The Android Wear for iOS app changes that. Using the new app, iPhone users with Android smartwatches will be able to get notifications about phone calls, messages and notifications from various apps, as well as use their devices to set fitness goals and get daily and weekly views of their progress, wrote Singleton. With Android Wear for iOS, Android smartwatches will automatically track users' walking and running, while also measuring their heart rates.
On the other hand, the Android Wear for iOS app won't allow iPhone users to get all the features and functions that they would get if using their smartphones with a native Apple Watch, which is built to work seamlessly with iPhones. For some users, that will be an unacceptable limitation, but for others, it might just be an inconvenience.