Google has released the final version of the Android Wear 2.0 development preview. It includes the iOS support introduced in 2015 to link the compatible smartwatches to the iPhone. For the first time, however, smartwatch apps for Android Wear with a limitation under iOS also work.
The app must be self-sufficient
In order for an Android Wear app to work with an iPhone, it must run completely on the watch and do not need an additional smartphone app (for Android). If so, developers can specify the application to be independent of the Play Store with little effort. The application also appears in the Play Store of a Smartwatch connected to the iPhone. So far, only a few of the apps provided by Google and the sharing of notifications were available to users.
Android Wear 2.0 will appear after some delays in early February, also as an update for the Huawei Watch and the Moto 360 of the second generation. New smartwatches with Android Wear, on the other hand, have only appeared irregularly, so that Google, together with a partner – according to rumors LG – is focusing on more self-government in the smartwatch sector in order to breathe new life into the sector. Samsung has now focused on the operating system Tizen and is no longer available to Google as a close partner in this area.
The Apple Watch is mandatory for iOS
In contrast to Google, Apple has not released the Watch for other operating systems, here iOS is still a compelling requirement.