CROSSPLATFORM WRIST SUP­PORT

Google Al­lows An­droid Wear De­vices to Pair with Ap­ple iPhones

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

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.

OC­TO­BER 2015

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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.

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