There’s a reason Google is everywhere, and it’s not just a bottomless bank account and an endless talent pool of techxperts vying to work for them. Largely, the thing that has made Google so exhaustively far-reaching is its ability to look past proprietary boundaries and reach out to new customers.

Google Smartwatch

 

Case in point? Google’s Android Watch. What? You didn’t know Google even had a watch? You’re not the only one.

Yes, Google has a smartwatch, one that quietly made its way to market while managing to avoid the hype–and the price tag–of its competitor, Apple Watch. The Google Android smartwatch does…well…what most other high-dollar tech devices in its category can do. But Google just announced a chief difference: cross-platform compatibility.

Yes, the Google Android watch will now sync with your iOS phone. While the features are more limited in nature, it will pick up the big connections that prompt consumers to buy a smartwatch in the first place. It will alert the wearer to text messages, incoming calls, notifications setup in the phone, fitness tracking, and reminders, but that’s about it. But those are the major functions that consumers are looking for, and this one will come in at about a third of the price of an Apple Watch, with most of the manufacturers making a Google Android watch charging between $100 and $400.

This ability to look at the tech market and decide to work with other systems is pretty standard for Google. It’s a large part of why the Google Chrome browser–which recently released an update–is currently the most downloaded browser in the world, as it has the ability to work almost seamlessly with any hardware and on any connection speed. To check out the latest version of Chrome or to see the other titles that launched a new version today, go to FileHippo by clicking HERE.