Google Will Reportedly Bring Android Wear Support To iOS
Android and iOS are natural born enemies, but sometimes good business trumps rivalries, like the one between Google and Apple. Not to be downplayed, Steve Jobs once vowed to spend every last dime of Apple's to destroy Android. Nevertheless, it makes sense in certain situations to support your rival, which is why you may see an Android Wear app in the App Store for iPhone and iPad devices.
Right now it's considered a rumor, one that originated from French-language website 01net. According to a rough translation, Google may announce Android Wear with iOS support at the forthcoming Google I/O developer conference scheduled to run on May 28-29 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, CA.
While nothing is official yet, it wouldn't be surprising to see Google make a push on iOS. And it should be noted that one inventive developer has managed to send iPhone app notifications to an Android Wear device, so it is possible:
Apple device owners who end up not buying an Apple Watch would represent an untapped market for Google. Likewise, by announcing Android Wear for iOS, Google could steal some thunder from the Apple Watch launch and give potential buyers a serious alternative to consider.
Android Wear is a special version of Android designed for smartwatches and potentially other types of wearable devices. It's an extension of Android, not an entirely new OS, and it syncs with Android handsets to deliver notifications like text messages, phone calls, weather, and more. For now, smartwatches like the LG G Watch can only pair with handsets running Android 4.3 or later, like the HTC One M8.
One of the big advantages Android Wear has over Apple Watch is price. An Android Wear product typically sells for $199 to $300, whereas pricing for Apple Watch will start at $349 and go up from there.