Google wants Android Wear to be multi platform

At the moment the absence of the Apple Watch and the prominence of Android Wear means that Google is lead player in the wearables market. Wouldn’t it be great if they could up that a bit by making the platform compatible with phones that don’t run Android? Jeff Chang, the Android Wear Project Manager, seems to think so.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Chang admitted that he wants Android Wear to reach as many people as possible — especially if that means having Android Wear support for the likes of iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry.

The problem is that level of compatability isn’t really within Google’s grasp, as it would rely on cooperation with the people behind the other phone systems. Sadly by allowing Android Wear to be used with their systems, it would drive other people from their own wearables. I can’t imagine Apple would be too please that iPhone users had the option of buying the Moto 360 instead of the Apple Watch.

It’s a very nice idea, but sadly it’s not really one that is likely to see the light of day anytime soon. If you want a cross-platform wearable you’ll have to try something like the Pebble.

Tom Pritchard

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