Android Wear Adopts Watch-to-Watch Communication from Apple Watch

android wear copies watch to watch communication from apple.

It's no secret that Android gets a lot of its features from iOS, and the same is true in the opposite direction. If a feature is useful, and not patented, then both vendors seem to have no qualms about co-opting it. The latest example, according to Phandroid, is the watch-to-watch communication capability that Apple highlighted at launch. The feature allowed users to share their heartbeat or squiggly diagrams right from their wrist. It could be fun, and even useful. I admit I haven't used those features, primarily because I only know a few folks with Apple Watches. But over time, that could change.

Moto 360The phrase watch-to-watch communication is a bit misleading, because currently, an Apple Watch cannot communicate with any device (except a Bluetooth headset or speaker) without being tethered to the paired iPhone. But that should change with watchOS 2 and "Tetherless Wi-Fi." As long as the Apple Watch is connected to the Internet, thanks to an available Wi-Fi station, it can perform tasks that previously required a nearby iPhone.

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Android users should get the watch-to-watch capability but it appears to be restricted to a single watchface for now, so the usefulness may be limited. Still, given the lower cost of Android Wear devices, it might be easier to find someone who has one. In fact, last week BestBuy had a sale on the Moto 360 for $149.99, representing a $100 discount. They have carried that price drop through this week and it appears that $149.99 has become the new official price point rather than just a sale. The Apple Watch is having an impact, plus a new Moto 360 is expected this summer.

 

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