With today’s announcement of the new Apple watch, with all of its nifty functions, features, apps, and functionality, some people are wondering whether they can use an Apple iwatch with an Android phone.
We aren’t going to go into reviewing all of the features and specs for the Apple watch, as there are plenty of those reviews online already. But we are going to answer the question for those wondering whether the Apple watch can be used with an Android phone. The short answer is “no”, but there are ways that you can still get the functionality of an Apple watch while using an Android phone.
In fact, Android watches and Android compatible watches have been around for quite a while; it’s just that Apple has made a bigger marketing splash with the Apple watch.
Google Wear watches, including the ASUS ZenWatch, the Motorola Moto, the Sony SmartWatch, the Samsung Gear, and the LG G Watch, have been around for quite some time (which also means that bugs have at least potentially been worked out).
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Moreover, the Pebble watch, which works with either an iPhone or Android phone, and which, arguably, started it all – on Kickstarter no less – has been around since 2013. (In fact, many models of Pebble watch are on sale on Amazon right now, starting at just $99.00.)
That said, there are some differences between the Apple watch and the Google and Pebble watches.
Specifically, the Apple watch boasts, among other things, Siri onboard, full-on apps, and, of course, Apple Pay.
AndroidAuthority.com has a great chart showing how the Apple, Google, and Pebble watches stack up against each other.
And Tom’s Guide.com has a great Apple watch FAQ.
The bottom line is no, you can’t use an Apple watch with an Android phone. But you can get much the same functionality, at less than a third of the cost, with a Pebble or Google Gear watch.
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