New Android Watches will be compatible with Apple iPhone

AnAndroid Wear compatible watch with the iPhone by Apple. – Eric Risberg/AP/SIPA

The US Internet giant Google is trying to put pressure on Apple Watch with the announcement Monday that connected watches and other clothing accessories running its Android operating system are now compatible with the iPhone.

So far, Android watches only work with a smartphone on Android, while iPhone users could only use the Apple Watch, launched in the spring by the Apple brand.

An Android update Wear

But since Monday, Google has started rolling out an Android update Wear, Android version dedicated to clothing accessories connected, which is compatible with iOS, the operating system of the iPhone and iPad.

“Now the android wear watches work with iPhone”, says the internet giant in a message posted on its official blog. This is however only for new models of connected watches. For now, Android Wear for iOS only works for the LG Urbane. But “all future watches (using) android wear, including Huawei, Asus and Motorola will work with iOS,” says Google.

This is likely to put pressure on Apple Watch, although android wear remains less used than its version for smartphones: the great rival Apple in the mobile market, South Korea’s Samsung, which uses its own system operation, Tizen, for most of its connected watches.

Apple has not disclosed its sales figures of its new watches which are connected, launched in April, but the research firm IDC said last week that they had passed 3.6 million units in the second quarter, 19.9% of worldwide sales over the period. This allowed the US group to directly take second place in the global market for electronic clothing accessories (“wearables”) behind the Fitbit fitness bracelets manufacturer.