“Tim Bajarin has an interesting theory concerning Apple’s future plan to boost Apple Watch – making it available as a device for Android users,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “‘My personal guess is Apple will keep it proprietary to the iPhone for at least the first 18-24 months but eventually make it compatible with at least Android in order to help them gain the kind of impact they desire and allow it to be a broader industry game changer,’ he writes.”
“Preposterous? Potentially, but it’s hard to ignore it as a possibility – after all, hasn’t Apple already said it intends supporting Android with Apple Music in Fall?” Evans writes. “Didn’t the company do really, really well with iPod once it made that product available to Windows users? Does Apple not already dominate the smartwatch space with off the charts customer satisfaction?”
“Some might note that any such plan would require the Watch to be controlled by an Android phone, just as it demands an iPhone right now. This may be true but it doesn’t need to be in future – Apple is just about to give the smartwatch the power to run apps more independently in watchOS 2,” Evans writes. “As the company improves this capacity to run apps on the watch itself in future the device it is twinned to will become less important.”
MacDailyNews Take: Even today, porting the iPhone’s iOS Apple Watch app to Android takes care of that issue.
“However, I’m not entirely convinced Apple needs to do this thing,” Evans writes. “I imagine in future as the Watch becomes more powerful and more individuated that it will become its own platform.”
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MacDailyNews Take: However Apple plans it, eventually Apple Watch will not require an iPhone to operate.
Is it time for Apple to make Apple Watch compatible with Android? – July 24, 2015