This article may disappoint some Apple fans, but it’s time to settle the scores and see who’s the industry leader when it comes to wearable technology. The obvious answer to the question “Is the iPhone just as good with the Glass as an Android powered device?” is no, it’s not. So, if you’re an iPhone owner and thinking about buying Google’s Glass device, you might also think about investing in an Android smartphone as well, because otherwise you might find yourself in front of some nasty compatibility issues.
Of course, the iPhone and the Glass can be paired, but there are a few features of the Glass for which Apple’s iOS doesn’t have integrated support. If you would have the chance to test the Glass with both the devices, you would remain hooked on Android for good (at least when it comes to using the Glass).
So, Google is definitely the industry leader when it comes to wearable technology and not because of the Glass itself, but to the entire range of services that work together around it. The Glass seems to be the central piece of the puzzle, which ties together in one device, all the services Google has developed so far.
And since Apple’s platforms are notably different from those of Google, the problems that have appeared are pretty normal. Due to limitations of the iOS and restrictions of certain apps like My Glass companion, while pairing an iPhone 4S to the Glass, the user wouldn’t be able to use functions such as the SMS service or turn-by-turn directions. None of this would happen with a Nexus 5, for example.
At this point, every iPhone owner that fans Google’s Glass device could be more attracted by the Android smartphones and end up leaving behind the iOS platform for good. This will eventually happen if Apple doesn’t adjust its API so that it could host these supplementary features, because as weird as it may seem, restrictions in the iOS API are putting stoppers in the Glass’s functionality, and not Google’s platform. Or, for a win-win situation to occur, you could keep using your iPhone as a primary phone and an Android powered smartphone for the Glass.
As we mentioned above, the Glass is supported by a big range of Google services, products and powered by an awesome technology. On the other hand for another company, it wouldn’t be just as easy to develop and launch such a product, simply because they don’t have Google’s platforms and products. Just think about it: Voice commands only work with Google’s premium voice recognition software, navigation with Google Maps, while SMS service, chats or video calls are all powered by Google+ Hangouts. Apple, for instance doesn’t have yet such a big product range and launching a similar device wouldn’t be enough to reach the standards Google has set with the Glass.
What is your opinion on the matter? Do you think there is any other company on the market prepared to challenge Google’s leadership?