New Report Claims Google Has Android Wear For iOS Working
Android Wear hasn’t been off to the best of starts but one thing that could massively boost sales is the addition of iOS support. With the Apple Watch around the corner and the higher prices for it’s hardware, Google couldn’t pick a better time to add iOS support to Android Wear. According to a new report from The Verge, Google not only plans on doing that, but they already have it working.
A source close with the developement team is claiming that Google has the functionality working with it’s basic functions. Using Android Wear on iOS would be similar to using it on Android with a companion app on the phone that feeds notifications to the wearable. The Verge claims that Google’s Now information cards, voice search, and other voice actions will also be working. Replying to messages may even be possible using Google’s iOS apps (i.e. Hangouts and Gmail).
Now let’s assume Google gets this working exactly how they want to and to a place where iPhone users would want it and could use it as a viable alternative. Would Apple even allow them to put it in the App Store? It’s highly unlikely that Apple would approve an Android Wear companion app in the App Store. Apple’s app submission guidelines specifically state that “apps or metadata that mentions the name of any other mobile platform will be rejected”. So how would Google get around this?
I see two ways Google might get around this. One easy way would be to combine the companion app in the Google Search app. Another more drastic way would be to change the name of Android Wear. I believe the first option is more likely, but either could possibly happen. Google could even find an entirely different way to get past Apple’s rules.
All that said, would you use Android Wear on iOS? Would you rather use the Apple Watch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.