WhatsApp is now officially available for Wear OS smartwatches. Previously, a beta version had been out for a few months, but this is no beta – it’s a stable, finalized build.
In order to install and use it, you need to have a Wear OS 3 smartwatch. The app lets you start new conversations, reply to messages with text, send voice messages, use emoji, and take calls from your wrist. There’s also support for quick replies. Naturally, if your Wear OS 3 smartwatch has mobile data connectivity of its own, then you can do all this without having your phone nearby and connected to your watch.
It’s interesting to see this app being released now, exactly one week before Samsung’s grand Unpacked event, during which the Korean company will, among many other things, announce new Wear OS smartwatches. Maybe the timing is a coincidence?
Anyway, Google has also announced back in May that Spotify would release new Tiles for its Wear OS app this year, so hopefully those are coming soon to inject some additional oomph into the world of third party apps for Google’s wearable platform.