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Google is ostensibly working on an iPhone app that will bring iOS compatibility to all Android Wear-driven smartwatches on the market. Google’s Android-powered software platform for wearable devices launched a year ago without official support for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac devices. Word of a possible solution came Tuesday via 01Net and was passed along to us by French blog iPhon.fr.

Whichever way you look at it, making Android Wear compatible with the iPhone could help extend the market for Android-driven wearable devices to include Apple users, too.

About 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches were shipped in 2014, according to Canalys, the research firm. Various analysts estimate Apple’s Watch could sell about ten or more million devices in 2015.

No firm release date for the software has been set yet, according to the article.

Should this report come true, we think it might get announced at Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event next Monday, during Google I/O 2015 which runs May 28-29 or at Apple’s annual developers conference in the summer.

While the search giant initially did not provide iOS compatibility for Android Wear, the landscape for wearable devices has changed a lot since last April, mostly owing to the Apple Watch announcement in September 2014 and its impending release next month.

Apple Watch (Messages, Emoji)

Google would benefit from Android Wear’s iOS compatibility, as would Apple fans looking for a more affordable alternative to the Apple Watch that worked with their iPhone.

The notion of iOS-compatible Android Wear smartwatches isn’t as far fetched as it sounds. Google is among the leading developers for the iOS platform and the firm did got its Glass hardware to work on iOS.

At any rate, a Google-sanctioned solution would be much welcomed by mainstream users who are not necessarily aware of makeshift solutions like an app created by an Android enthusiast, shown below, which enables iOS Messages app notifications on Android Wear devices like Motorola’s round-faced Moto 360.

Apple has reportedly commissioned its suppliers and contract fabricator Quanta Computer to build as many as six million Watches ahead of April’s launch. Analysts predict that five percent of installed iPhone user base are potential Watch buyers.

The Apple Watch requires an iPhone and is compatible with any iPhone model from the iPhone 5 onward, running iOS 8.2 or later and connecting via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0.

Apple is unlikely to make the Watch Android-compatible anytime soon, due in no small part to the significant technical hurdles. Not only does the device require an iPhone for Internet connectivity and location services via GPS, it’s needed to run third-party Watch apps, which are provided as iOS 8 extensions running on your iPhone.

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Such an approach allows the iPhone to do all the heavy lifting and stream an app’s user interface assets, notifications and a storyboard back to the Watch for quick and lightweight, battery-friendly interactions.

According to Google’s FAQ webpage, Android Wear is currently compatible with phones running Android 4.3 or higher that support Bluetooth.

“You can pair your watch with a tablet that meets the same requirements, but phones are recommended,” reads the article.

Pictured top of post and below: the Huawei Watch.

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Officially announced at Mobile World Congress 2015 last week, it’s the first Android Wear device to sport a display made of sapphire crystal.

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Driven by Android Wear, the device packs a 1.4-inch full round display with a resolution of 400-by-400 pixels resulting in a pixel density of 286ppi, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512 MB RAM and 4GB of available internal storage.

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It has the 316L corrosive-resistant stainless steel body and Huawei is offering several interchangeable leather or metal bands, allowing for a premium look and feel.

To find out whether your phone supports Android Wear, visit android.com/wear/check from your device.

Source: iPhon.fr (Google Translate) via 01Net (Google Translate)

  • Merman123

    Too late for me now. Apple Watch next month ;).

    • Fanboy 

      My. Exact. Thoughts. I was about to comment lol. This along with the Pebble Time are too late, Apple Watch is about to take over. I honestly would have got an Android watch for meanwhile if it had been sooner.

      • Antzboogie

        Not really the Apple Watch will have one day of battery, lol. That’s not worth my time literally. I’m an iPhone fan boy at that and even I see they messed up on that one.

      • Fanboy 

        I don’t what the big deal is about taking literally 3 seconds of your day to connect the Watch at night. I own a Pebble and it’s not like I sleep with it.

      • Straightshoota

        i too have a pebble steel and i do sleep with it on. misfit app has sleep tracking function and its 1 of the many reasons I love my pebble.

      • Fanboy 

        You sleep with the pebble STEEL version on? Wow, how uncomfortable. Lol not sure what benefit you get from “tracking” your sleep. But hey, if you rather give up true functions like taking calls, replying to messages, maps, and awesome 3rd party apps all from the Apple Watch in trade for being able to simply track your sleep with your Pebble then go ahead.

      • Straightshoota

        Well unlike your first gen Apple watch I only have to charge mine every 4-5 days. I can’t wait for all the 1st gen sheep to be slapped in the face with the 10 x improved 2nd generation model for an even better price point. #history

      • Fanboy 

        Congratulations! You save exactly 2.5 seconds every single night (the time its going to take to connect my magnetic wireless charger to my Apple Watch).
        & you’re an idiot, technology is ALWAYS advancing for everything. If that’s the case when the 2nd Gen comes out we should all wait because the 3rd Gen will be better (OBVIOUSLY) in which case we should also keep waiting because the 4th Gen will be better than 3rd and so on and so forth.

      • Straightshoota

        As I recall the iPad 2 was so good in fact that not only did they continue to sell it well after the 3rd and 4th gen models were gone but the resized and rebranded it as the iPad mini 1st gen and still sell it to this day. I don’t stay next to a charger or plug every night nor do I wish to live my life tethered to a wall or any 1 device. Take your 2.5 seconds of time to plug in your useless dead watch and waste what it was intended to keep for you waiting for it to charge; TIME. If that’s not some irony for you.

      • Fanboy 

        Okay? Apple still sells older model iPhones as well even though the iPhone 6 is out. So to your point when the Apple Watch Gen 2 comes out, they will still also keep selling the 1st Gen so whats your point?

        And ahahahahaha, that was a great laugh thanks. So tell me, when i’m sleeping at night and my Apple Watch is charging… how exactly is that going to have me “tethered to a wall” if im in bed sleeping? Also, last time I checked when my “useless dead” Watch is charging while im sleeping why exactly would I need to check the time? Who in the world needs to check the time while they’re sleeping? That would be an amazing feat!

  • queenren

    I have a Moto360 that I would love to use with my iPhone!! This is great news!

  • If this is true, then I’ll hold off my money for the Apple Watch and get the Moto 360. They should have done this sooner though.

  • sNick

    Couldn’t be as good as stock Apple Watch. But we shall see. 😉

  • Benedict

    The Huawai Watch is the best designed watch I have seen so far. You can forget about a Moto 360 and not to mention a square Apple Watch.

    • Victor

      Yeah, buy huawai and let the chinese gouvernment spy on you…

      • Benedict

        You don’t really want to start a discussion about spying and NSA!?
        For the record: “As of the start of 2010, approximately 80% of the world’s top 50 telecoms companies worked with Huawei.” – wikipedia

      • Victor

        Did you hear when the gouvernment of austalia had huawai build a part of their internet infrastructure in the north? Shortly after, their secret service found both hardware and software backdoors in the newly build infrastructure.

        Its enough to have one superpower spying at people, we do not need two.

      • Benedict

        Sure I heard about that, but if you think these are the only ones who spy on you than you are not aware of the hardware you are using and who has access to it. If you start concerning about a spying issue, you can’t use any of those devices.
        For my part there is nothing too important to spy on me anyway..

  • revivalstore

    Huwaei watch design is.. Niiiice..but im sceptical that one app will do The job. But IF all functions work im sure will go for an Android watch…

  • Chindavon

    Six days can’t come soon enough.

  • AnArcticMonkey

    Give me the aesthetics of some of those Android watches with the functionality of the Apple Watch, perfect.

  • nvog

    Instant SMASH HIT !!!! I own a moto360 and look forward to it.

    I doubt Apple will allow it, though…

    • Victor

      Why wouldn’t they? Pebble had also an app in the appstore.

  • solidsephiroth

    I wonder how much of a drain this will be on the iPhone. I assume you’ll have to leave the Bluetooth on all the time for the devices to communicate.

    • Kevin Osborne

      Like the Pebble, they probably only use Bluetooth LE. I’m sure it technically affects battery, but honestly it’s not been at all noticeable for me since I got my Pebble Steel.

  • Chindavon

    Apple will reject the app.

  • ShawnTXDFW

    I wonder if you’ll be able to purchase the apple watch through AT&T. They are offering smart watches now so I don’t see why they wouldn’t.