Google has announced devices bearing its Android Wear operating system are now compatible with Apple iPhone handsets.
In a post on its official blog on Monday, Google said newer Android Wear watches like the LG Watch Urbane and those about to be announced at IFA this week will gain compatibility.
Although original watches like the Moto 360 aren’t officially supported, several reports have confirmed they too will work with Apple smartphones.
“Want a round watch with a more classic look? Feel like a new watch band? How about changing things up every day with watch faces from artists and designers? With Android Wear you can do all of that. And now, Android Wear watches work with iPhones,” the post read.
The app will enable users to pair up their Android Wear watch, meaning notifications like phone calls and messages will be delivered straight to the wrist.
Right now only the LG Watch Urbane is officially supported, but the new Huawei Watch (out this week) will work with iOS as will “all future Android Wear” watches.
It’s not clear whether Google was planning to announce this news on Monday, but the company’s hand was somewhat forced by an Amazon listing for the Huawei wearable, which promised support for iOS 8.2.
The move brings some much needed iOS vs Android competition to the smartwatch arena.
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Until now Apple and Google’s efforts have been restricted to their own mobile platforms, but now iPhone owners have a whole host of smartwatches to choose from.
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