Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the first WhatsApp smartwatch app is now available on Wear OS. Starting today, you can start new conversations, reply to messages and answer calls from your Android smartwatch.
Wear OS is an Android operating system designed for smartwatches, and the latest WhatsApp beta update for Android is finally compatible with it. Available on watches running Wear OS 3, users will no longer need their phone to stay connected, and can reply to friends and family using their voice, emoji, quick replies or text.
WhatsApp is not available as an app on the Apple Watch. Google’s platform is the first smartwatch platform to get official support for WhatsApp. As per the report, WhatsApp will prompt you when you try to link your WhatsApp account with the Wear OS device. When linking the smartwatch app to their WhatsApp account, an 8-digit code will appear on the watch prompting the user to enter the code on their device.
After you enter the code, your chats will be securely synced across your devices so you can start using WhatsApp on your smartwatch. Please note that messaging on the smartwatch app is still protected by end-to-end encryption as it relies on multi-device capabilities.
The timing of the rollout is interesting as Samsung is set to release its next-generation Galaxy Watch 6 series on July 26. The South Korean giant is teaming up with Google to enhance Wear OS for the smartwatch. Google has been actively improving the OS since the Pixel Watch was introduced.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has added a new feature that allows users to start chats with unknown people by searching their phone numbers without saving them in the address book. It is available to users who install the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS and Android.
With this feature, the Meta-owned app is making it easier for users to start conversations without saving contacts to their address book.