A user wears a OnePlus Watch 2 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 on their wrist.

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  • The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing it of creating a monopoly with the iPhone.
  • In response to the lawsuit, Apple revealed it spent three years working on Android compatibility for the Apple Watch but ultimately scrapped it.
  • The lawsuit highlights the general difficulties of using Apple products with other brands, making it expensive for users to switch ecosystems.

In a surprising turn of events, Apple revealed that it previously explored making the Apple Watch compatible with Android phones. This comes as part of the company’s response to a recent DOJ lawsuit accusing it of creating a monopoly with the iPhone, particularly by making its products difficult to use with other brands.

While Apple is known for its “walled garden” approach, where its devices work best within its ecosystem, it seems like it did give Android compatibility a shot, at least with the Apple Watch.