In a significant move for wearable tech enthusiasts, WhatsApp has officially launched its app for Wear OS smartwatches. While a beta version had been available for some time, users can now access the stable, finalized build of the app.
To utilize the newly released app, users must possess a Wear OS 3 smartwatch. The app boasts a range of features, allowing users to initiate new conversations, respond to messages using text, send voice messages, employ emojis, and even answer calls directly from their wrist. A notable feature is the support for quick replies. For those with Wear OS 3 smartwatches equipped with independent mobile data connectivity, the app’s functionalities can be accessed without the need for a nearby connected phone.
The timing of this release is intriguing, coming just a week ahead of Samsung’s grand Unpacked event. During this event, Samsung is expected to unveil new Wear OS smartwatches among other products. Whether the release’s timing is purely coincidental or strategically planned remains a topic of speculation.
In related news, Google had previously announced in May that Spotify would be introducing new Tiles for its Wear OS app within the year. This upcoming addition is anticipated to further enhance the third-party app ecosystem for Google’s wearable platform.