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Rumor: Google Said To Be Prepping iOS Compatibility For Android Wear Smartwatches

March 3, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Android Wear is going to be coming up on a year old this June, and since the smartwatch platform’s release last summer Google has stated that Android Wear devices would not be compatible with iOS. In the past couple of weeks a video had surfaced showing that one dedicated developer had gotten his iPhone to work with his Moto 360 though, proving that it is indeed possible to make the Android Wear platform and iOS devices talk to each other. That isn’t to say that the process for getting the iPhone to work with an Android Wear device was a walk in the park, on the contrary it likely involved more hacking than any average consumer would be willing to do to get things even remotely functional. This of course was also an unofficial job.

Now there are rumors beginning to emerge that Google may in fact be getting ready to launch support of the Android Wear platform for iOS devices sometime in the future. For now this is strictly a rumor, but consider this one thing. The Apple Watch is due to be launching this April, and as of now the only major smartwatch that is compatible with iOS devices is the Pebble. That will leave the Apple Watch to snag up plenty of consumers who might be wanting more out of the their first smartwatch experience. So, if Google were going to be setting up iOS compatibility for Android Wear, sometime between now and the official Apple Watch launch date would be a good time to make this sort of thing happen, while there was still a chance to interest some iOS users before they purchase what Apple has to offer them.

The source of this rumor comes from a French online news outlet, and although there is currently no evidence to support this claim, Google isn’t stating that iOS support isn’t on the books, and it would be a good move as it may potentially capture even more of the smartwatch market share. More details may come up as the Apple Watch release gets closer, and if Google never actually opens up the Android Wear platform to iOS users, at least there’s hope through unofficial means.