Android Wear Utility Screen

Android Wear Utility has been out on the Cydia Store for about a week, and it hopes to bring Android Wear pairing to iPhone users. This isn’t the first time that a developer has tried. If you remember a few weeks ago, we went hands-on with MuhammadAG’s Android Wear solution and had fairly good success.

But with Muhammad’s Android Wear solution still not yet usable by the general public, the developer of Android Wear Utility saw an opportunity, and brought his solution to Cydia. Does it work? Does it make Android Wear devices a real Apple Watch competitor in the Apple eco system?

Android Wear Utility Instructions

Let me preface this by saying that I’ve had minimal success with Android Wear Utility. I can get my LG G Watch paired with my iPhone and receive one-way notifications, but the app crashed quite often. That said, when it works, receiving notifications is pretty nice, even if they’re purely the informative variety.

Android Wear Utility

The pairing process was a bit cumbersome, but most of that probably had to do with the language barrier. I found the instructions on Cydia to be a bit lacking, but I was able to understand it a little better by watching developer shiitakeo’s video.

If you already own an Android Wear device, and you happen to have a jailbroken iPhone, then there is no harm in trying Android Wear Utility. But I definitely wouldn’t go out and purchase an Android Wear device with the hope of using it with your iPhone.

Even Google’s rumored official version of Android Wear support for iOS will be kneecapped when compared to the Apple Watch. But if you’re adamant about mating an LG G Watch or a Moto 360 with an iPhone, then I’d advise on waiting for the official solution. If you absolutely cannot wait, then you can use our Android Virtual Machine tutorial to get your started if you don’t own an Android smartphone.

As it stands, Android Wear Utility is a valiant attempt to bring Android Wear devices to iPhone users. But if you don’t own an Android Wear device and an Android Smartphone already, it may be more trouble than it’s worth at this point.

You can find Android Wear Utility free of charge on the BigBoss repo. Have you tried it? Would you even consider getting an Android Wear device with the Apple Watch launch on the horizon?

  • The all to famous stopped service message. They should feel right at home.

    • Josue Feliciano

      In the watch’s defense, this is the first app I’ve ever seen crash on there. Android Wear runs pretty nicely otherwise.

      • That’s good to hear.

      • Antzboogie

        I’m going to try it out I’m very interested in this and have been waiting awhile for It. MohammadAG is taking too long.

  • Josue Feliciano

    I’ve been fiddling with it for the past week. It’s not worth the bother on the moto 360, as you stop receiving notifications after 20 minutes. Many have had good success on the LG watch. I keep hoping MohammadAG would skip trying to get the app into the app store and just release this in Cydia as a paid app.

    • Antzboogie

      Me too.

  • RedSymphony

    then you lose your jailbreak one day then this watch becomes useless

    • Josue Feliciano

      You don’t actually have to install the Jailbreak app, you can install the BLE Utility and pair the watch that way. The only additional functionality the Cydia app gives you is the ability to control the music player.

      • RedSymphony

        think I will pass on anything Android bad experiences

      • Josue Feliciano

        Don’t blame you at all. I already own the watch so I would like to get some use out of it, but I wouldn’t go out and get one for this. Maybe when google puts out an official app that’ll change. I’m just not impressed by the Apple Watch, so I’m hoping something will hold me over until the next iteration.

    • مبارك

      you cant lose your jailbreak suddenly

      you can only lose it by restoring

      and if you did just sell the watch 🙂

  • Cameron

    If you use an iPhone, just get the Apple watch.
    Oh and that watch on the first picture, is really ugly.

  • Syncosity

    How’s the compatibility with the pebble?

  • Wesley

    How do I download the apk to the watch? That’s where I get stuck at

    • Drocx

      get an android phone -> pair your watch with the android phone with android wear software -> download the app from the google playstore or from github -> install the app/apk -> open android wear from the android phone and wait for about 1-2 minutes then check your watch. 🙂

      • Wesley

        Thank you. I’m assuming you already done this

      • Wesley

        I’m still not seeing the app pop up on my moto 360

      • Drocx

        it must be available in “start” menu on your watch. tap your watch -> last item “start”. you can also try loading the wear-release apk from github directly to your watch.

      • Wesley

        That’s the part I get stuck on. How do I load the apk directly on to my watch

      • Wesley

        Ahhh I got it. Thank you. I am able to control my music but how do I get it to receive notifications

      • drew

        did you figure it out?

      • Wesley

        I was able to figure out how to control my music, but not how to receive notifications

      • Drocx

        just make sure the “allow notifications” is on for apps you want to be notified

      • Wesley

        In my iPhone setting right?

      • Drocx

        yup

      • Wesley

        Yeah it’s turned on. Is there something else I’m suppose to do?

      • Drocx

        nothing else

      • drew

        weird. post if you have any news