While Google has never ruled out bringing Android Wear support to iOS, we’ve seen no sign of that happening just yet. But for the first time thanks to a third-party developer, it’s now possible to have iPhone notifications delivered to an Android Wear watch.
As a user of both Android and iPhone, and an owner of the Moto 360, I’ve been longing for Android Wear support on iOS so that I can still use my beloved smartwatch when I decide to carry my iPhone 6 Plus.
I’m confident that one day, Google will make it happen; after all, what better way to compete with Apple Watch than by opening up more affordable smartwatches to millions of iPhone users? But in the meantime, we’ll have to settle for third-party hacks like this one.
Built by Mohammed Abu-Garbeyyeh, the developer behind the Xposed Framework modules for Android and a number of jailbreak tweaks for iOS, this hack uses the notification framework (ANSC) baked into iOS that delivers alerts to devices like the Pebble — so your iPhone does not need to be jailbroken for this to work.
What is required is a special APK installed on the Android Wear watch, and an Android device for setup. Once that’s complete, your iPhone will almost seamlessly deliver your notifications to your smartwatch — as demonstrated in the video below.
As you might expect, there are some limitations to this. Android Wear can do much more with Android than the Pebble can with iOS, so other than displaying your notifications, the rest of its features are pretty much useless.
But if all you really want is notifications on your wrist, this could be a neat solution until Google finds a way to bring proper Android Wear support to iOS. It’s not available just yet, however, with some work still required before the hack is ready for release.