Google felt a pow­er­ful com­mo­tion in the Force, as if mil­lions of voic­es in Cuper­ti­no screamed in hor­ror and sud­den­ly fell silent. Apple Watch has com­peti­tors!

Google today announced: Android Wear oper­at­ing sys­tem from now on ful­ly com­pat­i­ble with iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus run­ning iOS 8.2 or lat­er. The offi­cial Android Wear app will be avail­able on the App Store today.

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Avail­able fea­tures include:

  • Alerts for phone calls, mes­sages, receive noti­fi­ca­tions from any of your favorite apps. The dis­play on Android Wear devices is always active, so you don’t have to flick your wrist to turn on the screen.
  • Set fit­ness goals for your­self, mon­i­tor your dai­ly and week­ly activ­i­ty. The watch auto­mat­i­cal­ly tracks walks and runs, as well as mea­sures the pulse.
  • Save time with a smart assis­tant: just say “ok Google” and ask any ques­tion or ask the watch to do some­thing like cre­ate a note or cal­en­dar event.

It is impor­tant to note that Android Wear for iOS is not com­pat­i­ble with all cur­rent smart­watch mod­els: in par­tic­u­lar, Motoro­la 360 (eh!) or Sam­sung Gear will not work with iPhones. Sup­port announced for LG Watch Urbane, upcom­ing Huawei Watch, Asus Zen­Watch 2 and gen­er­al­ly speak­ing any Android watchwhich will be released from today.

This is a great day for all of us, includ­ing Apple Watch own­ers. Now in Cuper­ti­no they know: they are not alone in their field, it’s time to “spin”. Com­pe­ti­tion is always good. Hooray!