Google plans to finish working out the last bit of details, which will allow its Android Wear OS to become compatible with iPhone devices.
According to the report from The Verge, Google, apparently is in its last stages of completing this goal, and one of the last few hurdles the company will have to face, is whether Apple will allow such a thing to occur in the first place.
iPhone users can already download many of Google’s services to their devices, from Chrome to Gmail, so a new Google app isn’t the problem. In fact many users prefer the Chrome browser over Apple’s Safari browser along with Google Maps. It would make sense, if Apple would allow Android Wear compatibility across the iOS platform, but the obvious roadblock, is the direct competition that would create with the Apple Watch.
Would Apple agree to such a thing? Putting Android Wear on the Apple App Store might raise some flags with Apple. Google may have to change the name, as stated by the App Store review Guidelines which states:
Apps or metadata that mentions the name of any other mobile platform will be rejected
So now, Google has to come up with a clever new name, that doesn’t violate these rules and one that won’t say “Android Wear” in the name. This comes about at a time when the Apple Watch release date, just right around the corner.
There is a real possibility Google will get its App included within the Apple’s App Store come April 24th, as long as it plays by the rules. It certainly would work in both companies best interest, to let the App go through, and customers would love having more choices. Surely Apple must be aware that Google is planning this move and is expecting an app submission any day now
The Smartwatch market, hasn’t really taken off in the past like they were expected to. But that is starting to change with Apple’s wearable device that has seemed to lit a spark, where other rival manufacturers have failed.
According to 9to5 Mac, NextWorth is offering trade-ins on smartwatches. Your Samsung Galaxy Gear can fetch you up to $38. The Moto 360 can get you up to $107, and a Pebble Steel smartwatch $73. All of these devices must be in an acceptable working condition of course.
Pre-orders for the Apple Watch began on Friday, with shipment dates extending into the summer for many models. Just check out the wait times below, as found on Mac Rumors
– Apple Watch Sport White 38mm: June
– Apple Watch Sport White 42mm: June
– Apple Watch Sport Blue 38mm: June
– Apple Watch Sport Blue 42mm: June
– Apple Watch Sport Green 38mm: June
– Apple Watch Sport Green 42mm: June
– Apple Watch Sport Pink 38mm: June
– Apple Watch Sport Pink 42mm: June
– Apple Watch Sport Space Gray 38mm: June
– Apple Watch Sport Space Gray 42mm: June
– Apple Watch with Sport Band: 4-6 weeks
– Apple Watch with Classic Buckle 38mm: Delivers 4/24 to 5/8
– Apple Watch with Classic Buckle 42mm: 4-6 weeks
– Apple Watch with Milanese Loop: 4-6 weeks
– Apple Watch with Leather Loop: 4-6 weeks
– Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Brown): 4-6 weeks
– Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Black): 4-6 weeks
– Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Soft Pink): June
– Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Blue): June
– Apple Watch with Link Bracelet Stainless Steel: 4-6 weeks
– Apple Watch with Link Bracelet Space Gray 38mm: June
– Apple Watch with Link Bracelet Space Gray 42mm: July
– Apple Watch Edition Rose Gold: July
– Apple Watch Edition Yellow Gold: June
So now you can see why, Google is hard at work to make its smartwatch OS available for the iPhone. It will be interesting to see what the outcome is, and whether Apple will allow an Android Wear app period.