After a long wait and months of beta testing, WhatsApp has finally launched a standalone smartwatch app powered by Google Wear OS. Meta CEO* Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of WhatsApp for Wear OS on Wednesday, which allows users to start new conversations, reply to messages, and take calls right from the watch without the need for a connected phone.
The first information about the beta version of the new application appeared at the Google I/O developers conference in May. Now begins the rollout of the final version of the app compatible with Wear OS 3 smartwatches to users around the world. With it, you can send and receive text and voice messages, send emoticons and quick replies right from your wrist.
Unlike Wear OS, Apple watchOS doesn’t currently have a standalone WhatsApp app. That means Apple Watch users don’t yet have the ability to send messages or make calls via WhatsApp with a smartwatch that’s not paired with an iPhone. Apple Watch users can only view and reply to incoming messages if they enable the appropriate notification settings on their iPhone.
Google is making significant efforts to end this Apple Watch dominance by improving Wear OS, bringing in new manufacturers, and bringing new apps and experiences to the platform. At the Google I/O presentation, Android announced Wear OS as the fastest growing smartwatch platform in the world, with a fivefold increase in users since the release of Wear OS 3 in 2021.
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