iHeartMedia Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman speaks at Wednesday’s Appy Hour in New York.
IHeartMedia says its streaming music and digital radio service is soon to be available for Android Wear.
Beginning Oct. 15, listeners who have both an Android wearable and an iHeartRadio app installed on their Android smartphone will be able to control their iHeartRadio experience without touching their phone. Compatible smartwatches include the Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 and LG G Watch.
“Wearables in general are a focus for us as they are becoming more common in the marketplace and Android Wear makes it easy for our listeners to access their favorite music from the most familiar wearable, the watch,” said Darren Davis, president of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks.
Users with a compatible Android phone will be able to access the app via voice activation. Voice search is also available within the app. Familiar features, like Favorites, For You and the Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down feedback system are also part of the Android Wear integration.
IHeartRadio is currently available on more than 35 device platforms, including recent integrations with Fire Phone, Fire TV, Android Auto, Chromecast, Apple’s CarPlay, Samsung’s Gear 2 Smartwatch, Qualcomm’s AllPlay and auto partnerships with Subaru, AT&T Drive, GM, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia and Volvo.
The company made the Android Wear announcement at an Appy Hour in New York City, where “On the Verge” artist Tove Lo also performed.