Amid rumors about whether Apple would allow it or not, Google has published the Android Wear app on Apple's App Store. While the app is compatible with all iOS devices running iOS 8.2 or later, including the iPad and the iPod Touch, it is optimized for the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. Google said in a blog post that the app works only with LG Urbane Watch, but I was able to pair my Moto 360 with an iPhone.\n\nPairing my Moto 360 with iPhone 5s\n\nBefore I go any further, let me state for the record that I am an Android user; I have never owned an iPhone. But in order to test Android Wear on iOS, I purchased a used iPhone 5s.\n\n\nAs noted before, the Android Wear app for iOS only currently supports the LG Urbane Watch. Nonetheless, I was able to pair my Moto 360 with the iPhone 5s easily.\n\n\nSo what can I do on my Moto 360 when it\u2019s severed from my Nexus 6 and hooked to an iPhone 5s? As usual, it works as a decent notification device: I get notifications for new mails, messages and chats. I can use Google search on the watch and then open the results on iPhone. I can check the weather. I can also change watch faces from the iPhone, though I can't access the faces that I purchased from the Google Play Store.\n\n\nWhat I can\u2019t do is reply to messages, chats or email. I also can\u2019t use the navigation, send new messages, compose email, setup alarm, access Google Keep or make phone calls.\n\nApple Watch vs Android Wear\n\nSince I now have an iPhone, albeit an old one, I am tempted to see how the Apple Watch works for someone like me who has become hooked on smart watches. There are many things that Android Wear can\u2019t do. I despise not being able to make phone calls or read email on my Moto 360.\n\n\nThat said there is one services that keeps Google ahead of Apple -- Google Now.\n\nGoogle Now is what a smartwatch needs\n\nI will share an anecdote with you that illustrates the power and convenience of Google Now. I was traveling to Seattle for LinuxCon and Google Now cards told me to leave the house at particular time to make it to the flight. Then while I was in the car, it pulled another set of info and displayed the QR Code for my boarding pass -- I didn't even have to go through my email.\n\n\nWhen I landed in Seattle it helped me pick up a cab. And while I was in the cab, it showed me the confirmation status of my hotel room along with the reservation number. It also told me where to eat! Everything was proactive, I didn\u2019t have to open any app to find any information that I actually needed.\n\n\nI don\u2019t think Apple has anything that beats it, though they are now working on an a Google Now competitor (gone are the days when Apple was ahead in the game, now they are in the game of catching up with Google). I have played with \u2018proactive\u2019 on iOS 9 and while it\u2019s a huge improvement it\u2019s no match for Google Now -- at least, not yet (I would wait for the official arrival of iOS 9 before passing any verdict on it).\n\nWill these features come to iOS?\n\nSadly, I can\u2019t do a lot of things on my Moto 360 when paired with the iPhone 5s instead of Nexus 6. But this is the first iteration of the Android Wear app on iOS. We can expect more features to arrive soon; it may get better. The only thing that may hold it back is Apple\u2019s restriction on what Android Wear can or can\u2019t access on the iOS devices. And if Apple sees Android Wear as a threat they will put the brakes on it.\n\n\nThe question for me is whether to continue to use my Moto 360 with iPhone 5s or move back to Nexus 6. I am torn. I think I will give it some time and wait for a few updates before going back to Nexus 6.