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Google close to making Wear compatible with iPhone: Report

Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear watch
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Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear watch

Google is working to make its Android Wear smartwatch platform compatible with the Apple's iPhone, in a move that could put Wear devices in direct competition with forthcoming Apple Watch, The Verge reported Thursday.

Citing unnamed sources close to Google's development team, the report said Google was close to finishing the final technical details on the plan.

Wear currently works with iOS devices via a companion app that enables basic functions such as notifications. A few third-party developers have already cobbled together various solutions to make the two rival platforms compatible.

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Last year, Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang didn't rule out the possibility of widening the device's availability to iOS users.

In an interview with The Huffington Post UK in October, Chang said, "We always want as many users as possible to enjoy our experience, so in terms of enabling more people to use Android Wear we're very interested in making that happen."

When asked about the possibility, Google said, "We have nothing to announce at this time." Representatives of Apple did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

Read The Verge's full report here.