Apple Did Try To Sync Apple Watch With Android Smartphones, But..


Mohul Ghosh

Mohul Ghosh

Mar 25, 2024


Background: DOJ vs. Apple

Following the US Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple, alleging the tech giant’s monopolistic control over the smartphone market and related services, Apple has made a surprising revelation regarding its Apple Watch compatibility.

Apple Did Try To Sync Apple Watch With Android Smartphones, But..

Breaking Down the Walled Garden

For years, Apple has faced criticism for its walled garden approach, which restricts interoperability with non-Apple devices. One key example is the Apple Watch, which has long been exclusively compatible with iPhones. This exclusivity, critics argue, locks users into Apple’s ecosystem and makes it costly to switch to Android.

Apple’s Attempt at Compatibility

Contrary to its longstanding stance, Apple revealed that it had explored making the Apple Watch compatible with Android phones for three years. This revelation comes as a response to accusations of gatekeeping leveled against the company by the DOJ.

Analysis and Implications

Apple contends that technical constraints prevent the Apple Watch from functioning seamlessly with Android devices. This admission is significant, considering Apple’s previous denials and assertions of technical infeasibility. The acknowledgment raises questions about Apple’s motives and sheds light on its approach to maintaining ecosystem exclusivity amidst increasing regulatory scrutiny.


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