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AW 4.4 code suggests Android Wear may eventually support iOS

According to developer MohammadAG, Android 4.4W's code suggests that Google may be working on iOS support.

Published onMarch 18, 2015

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The features offered by the Apple Watch and Android Wear are actually quite similar in many ways, but one big difference is compatibility. The former works only with the iPhone, and the latter only with Android devices. Could this situation ever change? It is already starting to happen, at least for Android Wear.

Last month, developer MohammadAG, known primarily for his work on developing Xposed Framework modules, found a workaround that allowed Android Wear to receive basic notifications from iOS. Yesterday, the developer expanded on this by finding a way to let Android Wear users answer iOS calls from their watch, no jailbreak required.

Of course, a third party developer finding workarounds for Android Wear functionality on iOS isn’t the same as getting full support from Google. Could Google ever officially bring Android Wear support to our iOS-using friends and family? A new tweet from MohammadAG suggests that Google may already be working on it.

#AndroidWear 4.4W (didn’t check 5.0) contains iOS related code(!), class name AncsHandler. I guess that confirms they’re working on it.
— MohammadAG (@MohammadAG) March 18, 2015

Of course the presence of iOS related code doesn’t necessarily mean that Google has immediate plans to offer iOS compatibility for Android Wear, but anything is possible. With cheaper pricing, similar features, and more hardware options, Android Wear could have a real edge over Apple Watch if it came to iOS. Furthermore, if Apple users enjoyed the AW experience, they could theoretically be lured into switching to Android as a result.

What do you think, should Android Wear support multiple operating systems, or is it in Google’s best interest to only support Android?

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