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- There’s hope that the Pixel Watch could support iPhone connections.
- The Montblanc Summit 3 is powered by Wear OS 3, like the Pixel Watch, and it supports the iPhone.
- Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 likely could connect to iPhones, but Samsung probably disabled this feature.
Wear OS 3 is the most recent version of Google’s wearable operating system. However, it only officially appears on one device: the Galaxy Watch 4. Other watches will get the update to Wear OS 3 eventually, but that hasn’t happened yet.
One of the interesting things about the Galaxy Watch 4 is that it’s Android-only. Other Wear OS watches — such as the popular Fossil Gen 6 — run on Wear OS and support iPhone connections. At first, we figured this Android-only exclusivity was due to Wear OS 3 itself, but it appears that’s not the case.
See also: What you need to know about Wear OS
According to Warable, the upcoming Montblanc Summit 3 — a Wear OS 3 watch — will support iPhone connections. This is great news and supports the idea that the Wear OS 3-powered Pixel Watch could also support the iPhone.
Obviously, most consumers interested in the Pixel Watch would not connect it to an iPhone. However, the option being there would be nice, especially when you consider Android users can’t use the Apple Watch. If Google allows the Pixel Watch to connect to an iPhone, it will represent a good example of reaching across the aisle.
Now, the fact that the Montblanc Summit 3 supports iPhone connections implies that Samsung is artificially limiting the Galaxy Watch 4. It’s possible Google could do the same thing. However, we think that’s unlikely. Google would probably want as many people as possible to get a Pixel Watch. Even if only a small minority of users would connect it to an iPhone, that would probably be worth it to Google.
The Pixel Watch will likely launch in October 2022.