- Google previewed the Pixel Watch and it doesn’t seem to work with iPhones.
- The company’s first smartwatch will be compatible with phones running Android 8.0 or later.
Google gave us a sneak peek at the Pixel Watch at yesterday’s I/O 2022 developer conference. While it didn’t announce many details about the wearable, we now know it’s coming alongside the Pixel 7 series this fall. Google has also released a preview video of the smartwatch, revealing compatibility details.
In the short clip, Google mentions (see the fine print) that the Pixel Watch requires phones running Android 8.0 or later. There is no mention of iPhones here.
While Google didn’t explicitly say the Pixel Watch wouldn’t work with Apple’s phones, it’s not terribly surprising if it doesn’t. The Galaxy Watch 4 features Wear OS 3 and is also not compatible with iOS. It’s the first Wear OS watch since 2015 that doesn’t offer iPhone support. At the time, Google had announced that all future Android Wear watches (that’s what the software was called at the time) would support iOS.
With the Pixel Watch continuing the trend of not being iOS compatible, future Wear OS 3 smartwatches may not come with iPhone compatibility either.
On the other side of the fence, Apple Watches don’t work with Android phones either. So Google deleting iPhones from the list just seems like a natural move.