CROSSPLATFORM WRIST SUPPORT
Google Allows Android Wear Devices to Pair with Apple iPhones
Starting from early last month, Google released an update for the Android Wear wearables, which allows the devices to be paired with Apple's iPhone. Specifically, this rare move on Google's part to allow cross-platform support will only be applicable to three Android Wear watches (thus far): the Huawei Watch, the ASUS ZenWatch 2, and the LG Watch Urbane.
“In order to guarantee a good experience, where out of the box it will work immediately and you don't have to do any fancy footwork, that's why it has to be with the newer watches,” Jeff Chang, Lead Product Manager for Wear at Google commented on the initiative.
Google's move to allow cross-platform support also heralds another sign that the search engine giant is slowly encroaching into Apple Watch's territory, and that's worrying for the Cupertino company. Compared to its own wearable, Android Wear smartwatches are cheaper and have a lot more variety in the design and quality department.
In terms of functionality, pairing any of the three aforementioned Android Wear wearables with the Apple iPhone will allow the following functions: and some political concerns. The catalyst of growth of smartphones was the large number of smartphones made affordable at less than RM500, bundled with SIM packs from local operators. It was a similar case for tablets as well as with devices priced at less than RM300," said Jensen Ooi, Market Analyst for Client Devices in IDC Asia/Pacific.
Of all the device manufacturers that currently have a foothold in the Malaysian market, Samsung Malaysia is the company that retains the biggest share of the smartphone market. Surprisingly, Apple only comes in at third place in terms of popularity, with ASUS coming in second place, mainly due to the overwhelming acceptance of the current ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 2 smartphones.
Google is now allowing Android Wear wearables to be paired with the Apple iPhone. (Image source: Droid-Life.)
A pie chart showing each mobile maker's dominance in Malaysia.