Can't pair your Android smartwatch with iPhone 7? You are not alone

A number of smartwatches running Android Wear are apparently not connecting to the Apple iPhone 7, say reports.

The same smartwatches are able to connect with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S running the latest iOS 10, signalling that it is not a OS issue.

A large number of Android Wear smartwatch users are complaining that they are not able to connect their smartwatches to iPhone 7, which seems strange given that Android Wear is perfectly compatible with iOS devices. The issue has been found in watches like ASUS ZenWatch, Moto 360 (both generations), LG G Watch, Fossil, Mk and some Tag Heuer smartwatches.

The issue seems to be limited to connectivity as these smartwatches don't show up accept screens when connected to iPhone 7 handsets. Google is reportedly aware of the issue and has reported this to Apple and is trying to fix the issue on its own as well. As such, it shouldn't take too long for the issue to get rectified.

"It has come to our attention that there is a serious pairing issue that affects Tag Heuer, Moto 360 v2, Asus Zenwatch, Fossil and MK Android Wear watches which are unable to pair with the new iPhone 7," said Ernest, an Android Wear team member on Google's online product forum. "Google has reported the issue to Apple, and the Android Wear team is actively working to fix this as soon as possible," he added.

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Google made it possible for Android smartwatch users to sync their devices with iPhones when it launched the Android Wear app iOS app on 31st August of last year. The app was be compatible with iOS 8.2 and later versions, letting users connect their Android watches with iPhone 5, 5c, 5s and later models.

“When you wear something every day, you want to be sure it really works for you. That’s why Android Wear offers countless design choices, so you can find the watch that fits your style. Want a round watch with a more classic look? Feel like a new watch band? How about changing things up every day with watch faces from artists and designers? With Android Wear you can do all of that. And now, Android Wear watches work with iPhones,” said David Singleton, Director of Engineering at Android Wear at the time of its release.

UPDATE: Fossil have released a clarification stating that only the Q Founder smartwatch has been affected by the Android Wear connectivity issue. Newer smartwatches like the Q Wanter and the Q Marshall are not impacted.

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    Guest30th Sep 2016

    Nothing like having a $1500.00 dollar watch that wont pair

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