Android Wear 2.0 standalone apps will work on watches paired to iPhones

Android Wear 2.0 is (probably) landing on 9 February and Google is gearing its developers up by releasing the final dev preview. The big news for regular folk awaiting the delayed update to Google’s smartwatch platform, is that iPhone users will be able to download standalone Wear apps straight from the onboard Play Store to their smartwatches. Nice.

That will bring the iPhone experience of using Android Wear much more in line with how the smartwatch OS works with Android smartphones. And standalone apps – that is, apps that you don’t need a phone to run – will be a big deal on the 2.0 update.

Read this: Android Wear 2.0 – Ultimate guide to the smartwatch update

Android Wear watches already work with iPhones, of course, but it is pretty limited. So for the new update, Google has also been working on ways to improve iOS support.

That means things like improved phone notifications and smartwatch messages as well as auto-tracking of activities for walking, cycling and running. This feature could be much handier now that Wear 2.0 will soon be capable of running fitness apps without your phone.

So with the rollout just a few weeks away, and details of LG and ZTE Wear watches, a Huawei Watch 2 and teases from Swarovski and Tag emerging every day, iPhone owners suddenly have bags more choice in smartwatches.

Android Wear 2.0 apps will work on watches paired to iPhones

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