Google's new Android watch app to lure iPhone users

Google is introducing a new Android watch app that will let Android watches synchronise with Apple's iPhones to compete with the Apple Watch.

The new Google app will let you buy Android-powered watches even if you own an iPhone. Android watches come with many advantages like Wi-Fi connectivity, 3G SIM cards, long battery lives and access to tonnes of new apps which the Apple Watch lacks. However, the new app will permit synchronisation with only a few popular apps and this limited functionality would be frustrating at times.

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In spite of such limitations, Android watches with the new Google app will still let you view directions, e-mail notifications, Facebook updates and fitness information.

Given that Apple may launch the Apple Watch 2 in March with several new designs, variants and truckloads of software and hardware updates, Android smartwatches will need to be very well-dressed with apps and features to even hope to compete. By June last year, Apple sold over 4 million Apple watches where the entire Android smartwatch industry which includes the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola and Huawei sold just 600,000 watches.

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Back in December, Google filed a patent for a new smartwatch that is able to draw blood from the user's wrist for testing and analysis without the dreaded prick. The blood is drawn through a painless procedure involving micro-particles and does not require needles.

Google is also planning to launch a new health information app in the UK which will be on the lines of Apple's ResearchKit app. Partnering the non-profit Mayo Clinic in the United States, Google aims to provide valuable information on health problems and fitness regimen, stopping short of providing actual medical advice which is a sensitive issue across the pond.

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Covering over 400 medical conditions including Diabetes and measles, the information kit will include symptoms, treatment, nature of the ailments and more. These will feature in Google's Knowledge Graph- a critical component of Google's instant search results as well as Google's Now personal assistant and app.

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