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Apple Worked on Support for Apple Watch on Android Smartphones for Three Years: Report

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Apple spent a few years attempting to bring support for its Apple Watch to Android smartphone, the company reportedly stated in its response to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) lawsuit filed against the firm on Wednesday. Previous reports shed some light on the company’s efforts to introduce support for its smartwatches on phones running on Google’s smartphone operating system, but this is the first confirmation from Apple that the company previously wanted to launch an Apple Watch that worked with Android phones.The company’s response (via 9to5Mac) to the US DoJ lawsuit states that the company considered supporting the Apple Watch on Android handsets. Owing to technical limitations discovered over a three-year period, the company reportedly decided to drop its plans to expand support for its smartwatches beyond the iPhone.The 88-page US DoJ lawsuit accuses Apple of violating US antitrust laws (federal and state) including allegedly reducing the quality of cross platform messaging (iMessage exclusivity), diminishing functionality of non-Apple smartwatches (limiting Apple Watch to iPhone), supressing cloud streaming for games on iOS, and blocking third-party apps from offering Apple Pay’s tap-to-pay functionality.Apple told the publication that the lawsuit “threatens who we are and the principles that set Apple products apart in fiercely competitive markets”, adding that it plans to “vigorously defend” against the US DoJ’s lawsuit, which it believes is “wrong on the facts and the law”.Last year, Bloomberg reported that Apple’s engineers were “deeply engaged” in an effort called “Project Fennel” that aimed at bringing both the Apple Watch and the company’s Health app to Android smartphones. The project was cancelled when the work was about to be completed, to allow the wearable to continue to push Apple’s iPhone sales, as per the report.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.

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Apple Worked on Support for Apple Watch on Android Smartphones for Three Years: Report

Apple spent a few years attempting to bring support for its Apple Watch to Android smartphones, the company reportedly stated in its response to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) lawsuit filed against the firm on Wednesday. Previous reports shed some light on the company’s efforts to introduce support for its smartwatches on phones running on Google’s smartphone operating system, but this is the first confirmation from Apple that the company previously wanted to launch an Apple Watch that worked with Android phones.

The company’s response (via 9to5Mac) to the US DoJ lawsuit states that the company considered supporting the Apple Watch on Android handsets. Owing to technical limitations discovered over a three-year period, the company reportedly decided to drop its plans to expand support for its smartwatches beyond the iPhone.

The 88-page US DoJ lawsuit accuses Apple of violating US antitrust laws (federal and state) including allegedly reducing the quality of cross-platform messaging (iMessage exclusivity), diminishing functionality of non-Apple smartwatches (limiting Apple Watch to iPhone), suppressing cloud streaming for games on iOS, and blocking third-party apps from offering Apple Pay’s tap-to-pay functionality.

Apple told the publication that the lawsuit “threatens who we are and the principles that set Apple products apart in fiercely competitive markets”, adding that it plans to “vigorously defend” against the US DoJ’s lawsuit, which it believes is “wrong on the facts and the law”.

Last year, Bloomberg reported that Apple’s engineers were “deeply engaged” in an effort called “Project Fennel” that aimed at bringing both the Apple Watch and the company’s Health app to Android smartphones. The project was cancelled when the work was about to be completed, to allow the wearable to continue to push Apple’s iPhone sales, as per the report.


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According to reports, Apple made an attempt over a few years to extend compatibility for the Apple Watch to Android smartphones. The company acknowledged this intention in response to a lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice against Apple. While there were speculations previously about Apple’s efforts to enable support for its smartwatches on Android devices, this confirmation from Apple is the first of its kind indicating the company’s desire to have an Apple Watch that could work with Android phones.

In its response to the US DoJ lawsuit, Apple, as reported by 9to5Mac, mentioned that it had considered making the Apple Watch compatible with Android handsets. However, due to technical constraints discovered over a span of three years, the company eventually abandoned the idea of expanding the support for its smartwatches beyond the iPhone ecosystem.

The 88-page lawsuit filed by the US DoJ accuses Apple of violating antitrust laws at both federal and state levels. The allegations include claims of undermining the quality of cross-platform messaging by maintaining iMessage exclusivity, limiting the functionality of non-Apple smartwatches by restricting the Apple Watch to only work with iPhones, impeding cloud streaming for games on iOS, and preventing third-party apps from offering the tap-to-pay feature of Apple Pay.

Responding to the lawsuit, Apple expressed concern that the legal action “threatens who we are and the principles that set Apple products apart in fiercely competitive markets.” The company intends to vigorously defend itself against the allegations, believing that the lawsuit is based on incorrect facts and misinterpretation of the law.

Reports from last year by Bloomberg indicated that Apple’s engineering team was actively involved in “Project Fennel” aimed at bringing the Apple Watch and the Health app to Android smartphones. The project was halted just before completion to maintain the Apple Watch’s dependency on iPhones for sales, as per sources.


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