Android Wear isn’t exclusive to just Android phones anymore. Google has just announced the availability of Android Wear for iOS, allowing iPhone users to pair with a wide variety of smart watches from Motorola, LG, Samsung, Huawei and ASUS.
To pair, just install the Android Wear app which is supported for iPhone 5 and above, running at least iOS 8.2. However at the moment, only the LG Watch Urbane is supported but Google promises that support for more models are on its way.
Once paired, your Android Wear brings a variety of information to your wrist. This includes your vital notifications such as incoming calls, messages and app alerts. With Google Now, you will also get contextual updates at the right time and place such as your flight details, traffic conditions and the latest weather report.
Just like on Android, it still tracks your fitness activities including your daily steps and current heart rate (if supported on the watch). Have a question that needs answering? You can always go “Ok Google” on your wrist at anytime without taking your phone out of your pocket.
With this latest development, iPhone users now have a real alternative to the Apple Watch that isn’t a Pebble smart watch. If you’re interested, the LG Watch Urbane isn’t officially available in Malaysia. However you can get an imported unit from DirectD at RM1,299. That’s still cheaper than the Apple Watch that’s priced from RM1500. You can check out our hands-on with the LG Watch Urbane here.