In addition to other options like the Pebble, today's smartwatches can be largely broken down into two main categories. If you've got a Google Android smartphone, then you probably want an Android Wear smartwatch. If you've got an Apple iPhone, then you probably want an Apple Watch. Now, iPhone owners can cross the great divide, because Android Wear smartwatches are now officially compatible with iOS.

Announced via the Official Google Blog, Android Wear for iOS comes with a couple of important caveats. First, you have to have a compatible iPhone. This means you need to have at least an iPhone 5 and you need to be running on at least iOS 8.2. That should cover just about all of you. Second, Android Wear for iOS is only going to work with new and upcoming hardware, at least for the time being.

While it might be possible to use something like the older Moto 360 with your iPhone through Android Wear for iOS, the safer assumption is that you'll want one of the new Android Wear smartwatches instead. It does work with the LG Watch Urbane and they say it will work with future watches from Huawei, Asus and Motorola too.

Another important point to make is that Android Wear smartwatches paired to iOS devices won't be quite as fully featured as what you'd get if you used the same smartwatch with an Android smartphone. You still get your fitness features, quick info, and Google Now notifications, but you can't download third-party watchfaces because Apple doesn't allow competing app stores. The biggest advantage with Android Wear for iOS is choice: square or round watchfaces, and different watch bands and designs.


Is it possible that we'll soon see the mirror image of this, allowing the Apple Watch to work with Android smartphones? Somehow I doubt it.

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