Huawei just put their new watch up for pre-order on Amazon and one of the most interesting little tidbits in that listing was compatibility with iOS 8.2. We’ve written before that Android Wear needs iOS support to be more successful than Apple Watch. If you can’t get iPhone users to switch to Android, at least let iPhone users use Android Wear watches with their iPhones. This opens up a whole new world of users for Android Wear and could, over time, convert those users over to Android.
There has been rumor over the past few months that Google was going to work iOS compatibility into Android Wear but no confirmation that it was happening until now. On the other side of the coin, Apple is also opening up some of its services to Android users. Apple Music is said to be going to the Google Play Store in September and if Apple was smart, they would also make the Apple Watch compatible with Android phones, although there are more Android watches that are cheaper in price than the Apple Watch.
Overall I think we’ll be seeing some new levels of cross-platform integration from all the competition that is Google, Apple and Microsoft. BlackBerry is already slated to come out with a new Android phone and is rumored to have another in the works. It’s a good time to be in the mobile space, these companies might just be starting to realize that they’ll never rope everyone in to their ecosystems. Time to share between the ecosystems and gain a bit more market share if possible.
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