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Taking a play out of Pebble’s playbook, Google’s line of smartwatches under the Android Wear brand may finally be ready to give the Apple Watch a run for its money by being supported by both iOS and Android.

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. But that may soon change. 

Android developer MohammadAG tweeted findings that indicate Google is indeed working on bringing Android Wear support to iOS.

MohammadAG found iOS related code:

A French blog previously reported that Google is working on an iPhone app for Android Wear compatibility of iOS. There was no timeline provided for the software, but the code found on Wednesday indicates it’s at least being worked on.

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’s Glass hardware works on iOS.

Earlier this month, a developer was able to piece together a makeshift solution that enables iOS Messages and call notifications on Android Wear devices like Motorola’s round-faced Moto 360.

Industry analyst Canalys reported last month that out of 4.6 million wearables shipped last year, only 720,000 of them were Android Wear smartwatches. Some analysts have pegged Apple Watch shipments to be as high as ten million in 2015 alone.

Perhaps iOS support could help Google and partner manufacturers raise those numbers.

Source: Twitter via PhanDroid

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    It was only a matter of time

    • They should all stop being selfish and share functionality with certain things like this more often.

      • Hmmm

        Isn’t Apple the most selfish by far in that regard then? They don’t share anything with anyone ever.

      • George

        You can’t say that to isheep tho.

      • Which is why it says “They should all” …

      • Mark

        They don’t need to. They do just fine on their own, wouldn’t you say?

      • Google makes money off your data (you are the product) so it makes sense for them to open things up as much as possible in order to gain as much data as possible in order to make as much money as possible off of said data. It doesn’t make as much sense for Apple to do the same since they make money off of hardware and like to control the UX as much as possible. This doesn’t mean I agree with Apples locked down and closed source approach but I understand why they do it…

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        True, I feel most companies pride get in the way.

  • port87

    native support for the moto 360 would be pleasant.

  • Ali G

    Umm Jake. This is kinda ironic but the developer who made that makeshift solution is MohammadAG

  • bd14u

    I would love this with the LG watch.

  • $mõkiêlüv3

    They only doing that because Android want to be able to use the Apple Watch for Android users, once they allow iOS on their platform they will want Apple to do the same…….sorry Android we got our own watch coming we dont need your AndroidWear on iOS

    • Jaco

      I don’t think so. The Apple watch will never be able to work with android, like any other apple Product has till now.
      Also, there are a lot of People who want an smartwatch but don.t like the look and cost of the Apple watch, and I personally don’t even need that many features of the Apple watch. i would like to have a nice watch interface, long battery, round watch, and to use it for the small things like music control, notifications, maybe siri and for incomming calls when i am driving for example.
      So the Moto 360 2. generation, with ios support better battery maybe a little better screen, would be perfect.

    • CS

      Android is looking to make their watches work with iOS so that they can first sell more of their product. Next, they are hoping people will use the android watch and want to switch over to android.

      It’s a smart move in my opinion. if I weren’t getting the new Pebble I would consider looking at a moto360