Hell Has Frozen Over: Apple Now Selling Android Device Online

Hell Has Frozen Over: Apple Now Selling Android Device Online

Powered by Android, Sold by Apple.

Apple may be waging a thermonuclear war against Android in the courts, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t try to profit off of gadgets running Google’s competing operating system in their online store… even if the word ‘Android’ is nowhere on the item’s product page.

It’s more of an amusing blip than anything else, but Apple is selling the Oakley Airwave Goggles through their online store for $599.95.

The Oakley Airwave Goggles are a cool piece of kit which give skiiers and other snow sports enthusiasts not just a solid piece of goggles for protection against the elements, but contain a tiny on-board computer that not only gives them a real-time, data driven heads-up-display (HUD) that shows you your speed, ski time, the altitude, and distance traveled, but also has integrated GPS satellite navigation capabilities, accelerometer-based jump analytics and Bluetooth connectivity to a corresponding iOS or Android app.

It certainly looks pretty rad:

The only problem is the Airwave’s tiny onboard computer is actually powered by Android.

Specifically, the Oakley Airwave Goggles use a pioneering HUD created by Recon Instruments that “is powered by a proprietary Android OS micro-computer” in order to create “fully customizable Android based HUDs.”

It’s more amusing than anything else. It’s not like the Oakley Airwave Goggles have “Powered by Android” branded on the box, and the Android element is completely invisible to the end user.

Still, as far as we know, this is the only Android device Apple is currently selling, and you’ve got to admit, it’s ironic to think of anyone walking out of an Apple Store having purchased an Android-powered device.

Does Apple not care, not realize, or are they hiding the Oakley’s shameful pedigree? Certainly there’s no mention of Android on the official product page. It could go either way, but our best guess: Apple doesn’t care if gadgets use Android as long as they aren’t competing with them. Unless Cupertino enters the extreme sports market, the Airwaves are safe.

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  • Silverrune

    I would like to point out that there are two types of goggles Recon Instruments makes. One has features that require an android phone, the other one doesn’t. You can access the same information you would on your phone on a computer. They did have plans for making the android (Not so required model) work on the iPhone.

  • dcdevito

    Because Android = OPEN.

  • CharilaosMulder

    Because Android = OPEN.

    Yep. No quality control or any limitation to ruining the user experience. It’s even so open that people keep massively pirating software. No wonder it’s not the preferred platform for developers.

  • derekchad

    Apple doesn’t object to Android, but rather the theft of Apple-pioneered and patented UI paradigms and design. These goggles don’t seem to cross that line.

  • technochick

    The headline is hit whoring BS. This is not an ANDROID device. It is an iOS and Android compat 3rd party device and Apple sells many of them.

    I would say shame on CoM for such games but it is their fav move these days so of course they wont stop.

  • dcdevito
    Because Android = OPEN.

    Yep. No quality control or any limitation to ruining the user experience. It’s even so open that people keep massively pirating software. No wonder it’s not the preferred platform for developers.

    What the hell are you talking about? Android has its own dedicated design team, as does Oakley in this case.

  • dcdevito

    Android is and will be the #1 OS of all time. It’s open, innovative and advanced. No wonder Forstall was removed. iOS lags behind in every which way. It’s a shame so many fools use it daily and swear how great it is.

  • dcdevito

    The headline is hit whoring BS. This is not an ANDROID device. It is an iOS and Android compat 3rd party device and Apple sells many of them.

    I would say shame on CoM for such games but it is their fav move these days so of course they wont stop.

    Wrong. This is, as explained clearly in the article, an Android powered device, not just an Android-compatible one:

    The Oakley Airwave Goggles use a pioneering HUD created by Recon Instruments that “is powered by a proprietary Android OS micro-computer” in order to create “fully customizable Android based HUDs.”

    And we even supply links that prove it.

  • brownlee

    I would like to point out that there are two types of goggles Recon Instruments makes. One has features that require an android phone, the other one doesn’t. You can access the same information you would on your phone on a computer. They did have plans for making the android (Not so required model) work on the iPhone.

    Fair enough, but as the article above explains, these goggles have an embedded micro-computer running Android OS on them.

  • kevin13769

    I think most if you have this wrong. Mod Live is a OS in it’s own right that happens to have a SDK for android developers to customise for android phones. That doe NOT mean that the device itself runs a version of Android itself. And if you actually did some research before you reported this crock of shit you might understand that Recon Mod Live and the Oakley Airwave Goggles actually use the RTP LivePass™ and RTP REALX OS system that then communicates with Android devices, and now iPhones, it was developed by Recon and was previously only compatible with Android that is true, but Oakley wrote an App for the iPhone and that is now what is available for the Airwaves, albeit a very similar experience that is because the function behind the OS in Mod Live is the same whichever OS sees it…!

  • Kayneeezy

    Removed from the Apple Store in 5..4..3..2..1…

  • cleversou

    No problem at all… In Google webdeveloper vídeos the guy uses a Macbook Pro =)

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