Developer Forwards a Notification From iPhone To Android Wear
Companies don’t like to make their services compatible with competitors’ similar services. Such strategies make only consumers suffer as they don’t get the flexibility of choosing the other brand. Same is the case with Android Wear and iOS. To use an Android Wear up to its full potential, you need to have an Android phone. Same is expected of the anticipated Apple Watch which will work only with iOS devices.
Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh, a developer better known within the aftermarket Android development community as MohammadAG, has managed to make iPhone talk with Android Wear. He released an 11-second video which shows a message being received at iPhone and then at Moto 360 smartwatch. In fact, he made iPhone forward the received message to Android Wear.
He basically used the Apple Notification Center Service (ANCS), a feature built into iOS 7 and later. The feature uses Bluetooth to pass on notifications from iPhone to other devices. Using a small app, MohammadAG picked up these notifications in Android Wear. This is the same technique Pebble uses to work with the iPhone.
However, you will not able to use features like Google Now, neither you will be able to look up directions or manage your email. This technique, as shown in the video, can simply forward a text message. In order to use all the features, you would still need an Android smartphone.
While the technique would not allow users to enjoy all features of Android Wear by using it with an iPhone, it is good to know that iPhone-Android interaction is possible in some way.
Google has hinted in the past that it might bring iOS on board with Android Wear. But we don’t see that happening anytime soon, as Apple looks to release its Watch soon.
As the types of devices using Android and iOS increase, do you think these devices should be compatible with each other to give consumers the freedom to choose any of them? Let us know in comments section below.