Developer hacks Android Wear to show iPhone notifications

Android logoAndroid Wear is great, but if youre an iOS user, it looks like the Apple Watch is going to be your only option for a while. Google has yet to make any of Android Wears functionality compatible with Apples operating system, and it doesnt look like they plan to do so any time soon. But thats not stopping one developer, Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh, from hacking Android Wear to at least support notifications from iOS devices.

While one might presume that this requires a jailbroken device to work, thats actually not true. According to the video description, it works the same way a Pebble does, using Apples official APIs to send notifications over Bluetooth LE. But while this wouldnt require any modifications on the iOS side, theres almost surely a modified version of Android Wear running on the watch. The developer posted a video of the hack in action, and theres no reason not to believe its legitimate considering this guy is known for his modules made for the Xposed framework:

Notably, getting notifications to show up on an Android Wear device is only the first step toward these watches working with iOS. Getting other things to work, like apps, syncing of health data, and Google Now, would require a lot more tinkeringand likely wouldnt be possible without a jailbreak. So even if this modification was readily available, I wouldnt run out to the store and buy a Moto 360 just yet.

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