At Apple’s keynote last week, Niantic announced that Pokemon Go will be available on the Apple Watch in the near future. While there was no mention if the mobile game will be released on other platforms such as Android Wear, the CEO of Niantic, John Hanke, mentioned just recently that it’s “pretty likely” Pokemon Go will make it onto Android Wear devices in the future.
Naturally, Hanke did not reveal any specific launch date. After all, even the release date of Pokemon Go on Apple Watch has not been detailed yet. That being said, it’s very likely that Pokemon Go will be released on the Android Wear platform as well. As Hanke puts it, Niantic will look into supporting devices that are “interesting for gameplay and mobility.”
More likely than not, Pokemon Go on Android Wear devices will be similar to the Apple Watch version. This means that players won’t be able to capture Pokemon with the app, but it will notify players of any nearby Pokemon and PokeStop. On top of that, the app can also track how far players have walked, which will be useful for hatching eggs.
It’s certainly a good move on Niantic’s part to not give exclusivity to the Apple Watch. At the end of the day, it makes sense to support more than one platform to expand the user base of Pokemon Go.