Will Android Wear work with iOS?
Google may be looking to make Android Wear compatible with Apple mobile devices.
In an interview with The Huffington Post UK, Jeff Chang, product manager for Android Wear, was asked whether the company would look to mimic Microsoft’s rumoured smartwatch, which is said to be compatible with iOS and Android as well as Windows Phone.
Chang responded by saying Google wanted “as many users as possible to enjoy [the Android Wear] experience”.
“In terms of enabling more people to use Android Wear we’re very interested in making that happen,” he said.
However, as Chang pointed out, cross-platform compatibility doesn’t lie just in the hands of the developer.
“It’s not always completely up to us right? There are technical constraints, API constraints so we are trying really hard. It’s not 100% under our control,” he said.
While Chang didn’t directly reference iOS, Apple is notorious for having a tight grip on what apps it permits to be used on its devices.
Nevertheless, the company’s not entirely averse to competitors’ software being available on its mobile devices. Google Maps has been available on iOS since 2012, for example, and Microsoft Office for iPad arrived on the platform earlier this year.
Apple has only just announced its own wearable, the Apple Watch, but it won’t be available until next year.