“It’s official: Google Android Wear smartwatches work with Apple iPhones,” Kevin Tofel reports for ZDNet. “Google introduced its Android Wear companion app for iOS on Monday, which lets the two devices work together. Apple’s own watch is exclusive to iPhones; a practice that’s highly unlikely to change.”
“At time of launch only the LG Watch Urbane is supported,” Tofel reports. “Google says support for ‘all future Android Wear watches, including ones from the likes of Huawei, Asus and Motorola’ is coming soon.”
“Due to software limitations, Android Wear for iOS isn’t bringing support for third–party Google Play Store apps,” Tofel reports. “The richer experience of broad native app availability is missing here. If you want that as an iPhone owner, a more expensive Apple Watch is the answer… I’m dubious that Android Wear for iOS will noticeably boost sales of Google-powered watches.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Pfft! Pass.
Advice to stupidwatch peddlers: Get busy infringing Apple’s patents and trade dress to make Apple Watch knockoffs. It’s your only hope. Maybe, like Samsung, you’ll be able to scrounge up 8% profit share on 80% unit share like you did in smartphones.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]