Google just announced Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 5 is out and, surprisingly, it adds support for iOS. Yep, that means you’ll be able to use Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches with the iPhone when they launch soon.
Obviously, the pairing part isn’t new, at least for folks who have been following along with Android Wear over the years, but the full support for notifications within apps is now also included so long as developers build the right code into their applications. The code required only includes a small “standalone=true” tag which “lets the Play Store know your watch app doesn’t require an Android phone app,” Google explained.
Not new, but improved
Another neat feature will be the ability to hand-off certain applications between the watch and the phone. “Also with this developer preview release, Android Wear apps running on watches paired with iOS devices will be able to perform phone hand-off flows such as OAuth and RemoteIntent for launching a web page on a paired iOS device,” Google said. Sounds pretty cool. We’ll know a lot more about how well the functions perform across platforms when the next crop of Android 2.0 watches hits in late February.
Speaking of, have you seen our exclusive look the new LG Android Wear 2.0 watches? Take a peek: