UPDATE: Apple recently released iOS 10.1 which amongst other things, seems to resolve pairing issues with Android Wear devices.
Whilst users of iPhone 6S and earlier remain fine, Android Wear users are reporting several difficulties pairing with the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Since Google added support for iOS last year, other than some areas of limitation, the experience has been relatively fine, though it would seem with Apple’s latest iPhone 7, that’s not the case.
Like all Smart Watches, Android Wear too pairs via Bluetooth, which could be an issue as the iPhone 7 is the first iPhone to use Intel, rather than Broadcom for the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip, whether this is true however at the moment is yet to be proven. Having said that, no other Smart Watch brands, including naturally the Apple Watch, but others like Pebble, seem to be having any problems.
That’s not to say this is with all Android Wear devices, it’s not, though looking at the lost below, it’s quite the list:
- Moto 360 (2015) and Moto 360 Sport
- Tag Heuer Connected
- Asus Zenwatch 2
- Fossil Q Founder
Whilst the Smart Watches by ASUS, and especially the Fossil Q, may not be too big of a deal, having Motorola’s Moto 360 on the list is bad as that’s easily the most popular Android Wear device to date.
The problem with the pairing comprises of the devices either just not seeing each other at all, or simply not pairing with the confirmation code and hanging during the setup.
As ironic as it may seem, Apple actually did fix some of the compatibility issues between Android Wear and iOS with the latest iOS 10.0.2 update, though clearly others are still affected. Google, though, is also aware of the “serious pairing issue”, and is investigating a possible fix.
Whilst naturally Android Wear can’t do everything it can do on an Android phone with an iPhone, the iOS app does support Google’s Voice search and enables iPhone lock screen notifications to be mirrored on the Watch as well. It also lets owners of the devices make use of services like Google Now and Google Fit, as well as the Google Weather and Translate features. In addition, the app includes a handful of ‘curated’ watch faces for users to choose from.