Last month, reports surfacing online claimed that Google was working on bringing the Android Wear platform to iOS. Citing its sources, The Verge now claims the search giant is close to finishing the final technical details. In its current avatar, the Android Wear works with a companion app to beam notifications, and also supports Google Now, and voice search among others. It would be interesting to see how much access Apple is ready to grant Google s smartwatch app. Besides the forthcoming Apple Watch, Pebble s smartwatches are also compatible with the iOS platform, and offer features like music control and watch apps. It should prove to be a blueprint on how to work with the operating system. Also Read - Google reportedly developing an Android Wear app for iOS platformAlso Read - Surprise! Watch an Android Wear smartwatch work with the iPhone
There is also the case of how receptive Apple is to the idea of an Android Wear app on its platform, considering its first-ever Watch is close to launch. Pre-orders for the Watch have kicked off today, and shipping dates are well into mid-May. Making the numerous Android Wear smartwatches compatible with the iPhone, could be seen as a threat to the Apple Watch. But on the other hand, Apple describes the Watch as a lifestyle product and not merely a gadget showing notifications. In this regard, the Android Wear smartwatches shouldn t pose a threat to Apple s wearable. Also Read - Hyundai’s Blue Link app will let you start your car remotely, to be unveiled at CES
It s not surprising to see Google working on bringing its smartwatch platform to iOS. Despite the number of options, the Android Wear platform, and its smartwatches have not really picked up. With Samsung also opting for its in-house Tizen platform for its wearables, Google could do with a new target audience.
Earlier this year, Canalys reported that last year, only 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches were shipped, led by the Motorola Moto 360. In comparison, Pebble alone has sold over a million smartwatches in the last couple of years.