Report: Google ‘close’ to enabling Android Wear iPhone compatibility

Google’s school of Android Wear devices could soon, in theory, play nice with the iPhone, according to a report on Thursday.

The Verge’s sources claim Google is ‘close’ to completing the necessary back-end work to enable cross compatibility with Apple’s range of smartphones.

Currently, Android Wear watches only work with devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and higher, but Google has broader ambitions, the report claims.

At ‘the current stage of development’ an Android Wear companion app for iOS, which delivers notifications, enables Google Now alerts and will soon support Google’s own suite of iOS apps like Gmail.

While poor early sales of Android Wear devices seems to have Google looking further afield for customers, it remains questionable whether Apple would allow the incursion.

Apple is lining up the iPhone and Apple Watch, which goes up for pre-order on Friday, as a mutually exclusive couple. Android users can’t jump into bed with an Apple Watch and vice verse.

As The Verge points out, Apple’s developer guidelines explicitly state that apps mentioning other mobile platforms are strictly prohibited. So, for a start, it seems that the very mention of ‘Android Wear’ might raise the red flag.

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Would you iPhone owners consider an Android Wear watch to mix up your mobile experience somewhat?