WhatsApp has finally launched its standalone app for smartwatches running Google’s Wear OS, after much anticipation and months-long beta testing
WhatsApp app for Wear OS that will allow users to start new conversations, reply to messages and take VoIP calls without requiring them to have their connected phone with them
The app, which starts rolling out today for users worldwide, is compatible with smartwatches running Wear OS 3.
It allows users to send and receive text and voice messages as well as emojis and quick replies directly from their wrist.
The app was initially released as a beta version and was anticipated to be publicly available soon after Google announced it at its developer-focused I/O conference in May
During the I/O keynote, Google also showcased new and improved Wear OS apps from third-party companies, such as Spotify and Peloton
Announced updates to its own apps, such as Google Home, Gmail and Calendar, to deliver an updated experience to Wear OS-based smartwatches.
Unlike Wear OS, Apple’s watchOS does not currently have a standalone WhatsApp app.
Apple Watch get a limited experience, such as no native option to send messages or make calls via WhatsApp through the smartwatch
Apple allow you to look at your incoming messages and respond to them via your Apple Watch’s screen if you have enabled notifications from your iPhone
Google is making efforts to take on the Apple Watch’s domination by improving Wear OS, as well as adding new manufacturers and bringing new apps and experiences
At the I/O keynote, the Android maker declared Wear OS as the fastest-growing smartwatch platform globally, with over 100 million active devices since the release of Wear OS 3 in 2021
The launch of the WhatsApp app for Wear OS could boost the demand for smartwatches in the country, where Samsung and Motorola are among the leading brands
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps, with over 120 million users.