Report: is working on making Android ar compatible with iOS

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 9 Apr 2015

A report from The Verge says that is working on making Android ar cross platform, which would mean an ione user could slap on a device like the Moto 360

Third-party developers have already figured out how to make this work in a hack-y, kludge-y way, apparently that’s how the iOS-related code was initially discovered. One developer claims that ’s been working on since Android ar 4.4.

ff Chang, Android ar product manager, had also hinted at the possibility that could be working on iOS compatibility. “ always want as many as possible to enjoy our experience,” Chang told the Huffington st back in October. “In terms of enabling more people to use Android ar, we’re very interested in making that happen.”

There are a few hurdles before any of this can become a reality. For one, Chang reminds us in the Huffington st interview that “…it’s not 100 percent under [’s] control.” y would Apple, with its famously, well-manicured walled garden allow Android into the fold? Especially since it’s been struggling to kick ’s apps services, either by devoloping its own apps (Apple Maps) or choosing competitors (making Bing the search default for Spotlight searches).

Android ar watches would work with the ione via a companion app that would push notifications Now cards to the wearable. Other smartwatch vendors, like bble, have gotten features like music control to work, so there’s no reason couldn’t do the same.

y this matters: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t avoid the onslaught of Apple tch reviews that went live this week. However, many of the reviews cite the tch’s style flair over its functionality, which actually bodes well for Android ar. If ione users aren’t too keen on the way Apple does things in the wearable software department, then they can bring home an Android ar watch instead, with software that’s arguably a bit more refined. Or if they just want a greater choice of styles or a more affordable price, Android ar watches could provide the answer.

There are plenty of reasons for Apple to fear Android ar’s possible cross-platform future. ll it accept the healthy competition? rhaps we’ll have the answers by next month’s I/O developers conference.