Apple tried to make the Apple Watch work with Android


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In an unexpected development, Apple disclosed that it had once considered making the Apple Watch compatible with Android phones. This revelation emerges in the context of the company's response to a recent DOJ lawsuit alleging monopolistic practices with the iPhone, notably by restricting interoperability with rival brands.

Although Apple is renowned for its "walled garden" philosophy, favoring seamless integration within its ecosystem, it appears the company did experiment with Android compatibility, notably with the Apple Watch.

Previously, there were rumors suggesting Apple's efforts towards an Android-compatible Apple Watch, but this marks the first instance of confirmation from the company itself. As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple acknowledged dedicating three years to exploring Android compatibility for the Apple Watch before ultimately abandoning the project due to "technical limitations."

Transitioning away from iPhones entails relinquishing compatibility with the Apple Watch, as it exclusively pairs with iPhones. Consequently, users migrating to Android devices must part ways with their Apple Watches and seek alternative smartwatches compatible with the Android platform. Reflecting on my personal experience, when I switched to a foldable phone last year, I found myself compelled to sell my Apple Watch, albeit at a significantly reduced price compared to its original value.

The US Department of Justice's lawsuit against Apple extends beyond the issue of the Apple Watch's limited compatibility. It alleges that Apple has implemented various practices that impede users who seek to utilize products or services from competing brands. These practices include blocking "super apps" designed to streamline the transition from iPhones, obstructing cloud-based gaming applications, intentionally limiting the functionality of messaging between iPhones and Android devices, and prohibiting third-party developers from developing competing digital wallets compatible with Apple Pay.

Apple has vehemently refuted these allegations, asserting that the lawsuit is unfounded both factually and legally.

Undoubtedly, there would be significant benefits for consumers if devices from various brands could interoperate seamlessly. However, Apple's competitive edge lies in its tightly integrated ecosystem. The seamless connectivity among iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches stands as one of its major selling propositions. It's noteworthy that even Samsung's Galaxy Watches feature functionalities exclusive to Samsung phones.

While compelling Apple to open up its ecosystem could promote broader compatibility, it might also impact the company's fundamental strengths and core competencies.

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