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App Connects Android Smartwatch to iPhone.


App Connects Android Smartwatch to iPhone


Google wants some of Apple’s action. Today, the search engine giant announced a new app that will allow Android Wear smartwatch owners to connect to an iPhone.
Wait. What? Android watch connects to Apple phone?

Until now, that was heresy. Until now, Android Wear watches worked only with Android phones. But Google’s new Android Wear mobile app, available in Apple’s App Store today, will give wearers access to the iPhone, that is, the iPhone 5 and newer iPhones running iOS 8.2 and up, according to TechCrunch.
The Android Wear for iOS supports the LG Watch Urbane, the Moto 360, Android Wear watches with version 1.3 software and all future Android watches, including those from Huawei, Asus and Motorola. But that’s it.

Once linked to an iPhone, the experience on an Android Wear should be about the same as that with an Android phone. Gestures still work and users can wave their way through information like before.
The one thing that’s not available is ability to install third-party watch apps from Google Play.
But for iPhone owners who’d like a smartwatch but don’t want to pay Apple prices, this could be the way to go. Android Wears start at $149.99, which is less than half the price of an Apple Watch Sport.
via TechCrunch and ZDNet

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