Google’s Android Wear is now compatible with Apple iPhones

Tech giant Google has confirmed Android Wear is now compatible with Apple iPhones.

Until now, iPhone users who wanted a real smartwatch could only opt for the Apple Watch or the Pebble, while Android phone users had no option other than getting an Android Wear watch.

Now, Google has announced on its official blog on Monday that Android Wear for iOS will work seamlessly with the previous two iPhone generations (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus), provided they’re also running iOS 8.2 or higher.

The Android wear app for iOS will enable users to pair up their Android Wear watch, meaning notifications like phone calls and messages will be delivered straight to the watch.

However, replying to an iMessage or Hangouts message from the smartwatch won’t be possible; instead the watch will prompt users to open the app on their iPhone and reply. On the other hand, Gmail users will have the ability to reply to email by voice.

Users will be able to speak out Android Wear’s “OK Google” activation phrase to request for weather conditions or set reminders. Google Now cards displaying flight information and news updates will also be present.

In addition, Google Fit will keep a track of user’s step counts and other fitness statistics, with information viewable inside the iOS Android Wear app.

It is to be noted that the iPhone-compatible version of Android Wear won’t support third-party apps.

The app currently supports the LG Watch Urbane, but in the future, all Android watches will be supported, including those manufactured by Huawei, ASUS and Motorola. It’s unknown how many older Android Wear smartwatches will gain iOS support.

The official Android Wear iOS app is currently available for download from Apple’s App Store.