Chinese brands have a reputation of being imitators. Chinese phone makers have indeed been to blame for a time but, over the years, they have been working hard to change their public image but, last October, Xiaomi alone has done a lot. It is hard not to see the Mi Watch as a ripoff to the Apple Watch, except that it doesn’t work with iPhones, ironically it may sound. As of 3 December in China, however, the sweet irony is no longer because the Mi Watch will now behave a bit like the original, at least as far as the iPhone is paired.
It is almost shocking that Xiaomi Mi Watch did not support iPhone with Get-Go. Ultimately, it runs in some form of Wear OS that includes iPhone compatibility. Having said that, MIUI for Xiaomi’s Watch has probably been removed from Wear OS so far, that supposedly insignificant things are no longer trivial. This is the price you have to pay for modifying forking and heavy software for your own purposes.
A new OTA update fixes and a bit more. According to GSMArena, the update opens up smartwatches for iPhone users, assuming they don’t want the real Apple Watch. The update also addresses complaints about freezing when the clock is first connected. Finally, there are fixes for updates as well as weather information updates that were small since the wearable launched.
Will this be enough to get iPhone users to buy Xiaomi Mi Watch? Perhaps this could be a point of ridicule and criticism for non-Apple fans for how the latter group may be new or original. So then, there will always be some people who like the breathtaking look of Apple Watch but still keep their Android phones.
The $ 200 price tag would probably be a more compelling factor to buy the Xiaomi Mi Watch over the original Apple Watch. At this point, it is not yet known what features will not be available when paired with the iPhone, let alone whether or not this smartwatch will make its way outside of Doppelganger China.