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Google Reportedly Preparing Android Wear for iPhone and iPad

Google Reportedly Preparing Android Wear for iPhone and iPad | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Google is reportedly preparing to release an Android Wear app on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, according to French technology website.

The report claims Android Wear with extended iOS support could be announced at Google's I/O developer conference in late May, although Google may push the agenda depending on sales of the Apple Watch.

Google may be interested in capitalizing on iPhone and iPad users that are not planning to purchase an Apple Watch when the wrist-worn device is released in April, the report adds. Last month, an unofficial video of an iPhone paired with Android Wear for notifications amassed over 300,000 views on YouTube.

Android Wear smartwatches such as the LG G Watch, Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live are currently limited to pairing with smartphones running Android 4.3 or later, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and LG G3. Pairing an Android smartphone and smartwatch requires the official Android Wear app on the Google Play Store.

While 01net is one of the largest technology publications in France, its exclusive report has not yet been corroborated by other sources and its veracity cannot be confirmed. But given that Google is generally more open about cross-platform compatibility, and has an existing portfolio of apps on the App Store, there is a possibility that Android Wear for iOS could one day be a reality.


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Eduardo Vaz's curator insight, March 25, 2015 11:15 AM

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Tim Cook Shows Off Apple Watch to Chinese Internet Official, Discusses Security Issues

Tim Cook Shows Off Apple Watch to Chinese Internet Official, Discusses Security Issues | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Cook was photographed showing off his wrist watch to Internet Information Officer Lu Wei, who is holding the device in his hand. Though the device is not identified in the source photo, it certainly appears to be the Apple Watch with white Sport Band frequently worn by Cook, and a translation of the original report quotes Cook as telling Lu he is the first outsider to see the watch.

The comment is not strictly true as executives have shown the watch to others on occasion since its unveiling and it has been featured in Vogue China and at Parisian fashion boutique Colette, but Lu may be one of the first government officials to handle the device.

Apple may face some regulatory hurdles with Apple Watch in China, as Lu reportedly reiterated to Cook that China is willing to open its markets to new products and technology, but the devices must face scrutiny before they are released. Each device must pass an official network security assessment that ensures national security is not being compromised, and the user's information is being accessed properly.

Apple may be willing to subject its watch to Chinese government oversight to a certain degree, as China already is a hotbed for smartwatches with more than half of existing devices coming from Chinese companies. Most of these smartwatches are low quality, off-brand products available in the largely unregulated Chinese marketplace.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals more details about what you can do with the Apple Watch

Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals more details about what you can do with the Apple Watch | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Just a few days before Apple is expected to reveal more information about the Apple Watch, CEO Tim Cook is providing some clues as to how its apps will work.

Cook reportedly shared this information with Apple Store employees at a flagship store in Berlin during a briefing, according to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman.

Based on Gurman's report, here's a rundown of what Cook said:

  • You'll be able to check in at hotels and open your room with the watch. Starwood Hotels already announced in September that it would be working with Apple.
  • You can order food at chains like Panera Bread from your wrist. Cook specifically mentioned that Panera Bread is currently working on a WatchKit app, according to Gurman. 
  • Salesforce is also reportedly developing an enterprise app for the watch, but the report didn't mention any more details.
  • Third-party fitness apps will be compatible with the Apple Watch, which isn't too surprising given Apple's focus on health and fitness. No specific apps were mentioned, however. 
  • Finally, Gurman mentions that Apple has invited more than 100 app developers to Cupertino to design and test apps for the Apple Watch. This means Apple's event on March 9 could focus on apps and how they'll work on the wrist.


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