Generally speaking, smartwatches are pretty cool. While they might just be wrist-worn extensions of a phone, that can be pretty useful sometimes. However, I think most of us agree that smartwatches should be multi-platform, like most other electronic accessories such as battery bank chargers and Bluetooth speakers. This is why Android Wear is awesome - because it works with both Android and iOS. With the release of the iPhone 7, though, a few Android-based smartwatches have not been working or pairing correctly with the new flagship Apple device.
It's not really known why these watches are not working with the iPhone 7. Other iPhone models, including the iPhone 6 and 6S (running iOS 10), work fine, so some are speculating that it's something to do with the iPhone 7's hardware. A large thread on the Product Forums is building up with many users complaining of issues. Google has released a complete list of the watches that do not work, but there may be more, although the company says there isn't.
Android Wear smartwatches not working with the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus:
- ASUS ZenWatch 2
- Moto 360 2nd Gen
- Moto 360 Sport
- TAG Heuer Connected
- Fossil Q Founder
9To5Mac reports that users say the first-gen Moto 360 doesn't pair either, and the same with the original LG G Watch. Google's confirmed that it's looking into issue, but won't comment further. It looks like we'll just to have to wait until Google has found the source and decides to release more information - we'll keep an ear to the ground, and if we hear anything we'll of course update you.