The Messenger Apple Watch app will be discontinued at the end of this month. According to Meta, Apple Watch users will no longer be able to reply to messages from their smartwatches starting from May 31. However, you can still see the incoming notifications on the watch. And to reply to them, you must pop out your iPhone or Android phone paired with the watch.
With the removal of the Messenger Apple Watch app, Meta will be joining the list of companies that have moved away from offering an app for the Apple Watch OS. And Apple Watch users are not taking this announcement lightly. After all, being able to reply to messages through the watch was a very convenient feature.
Meta Kills Messenger Apple Watch App
It seems that Meta did not roll out the announcement to all the Apple Watch users. Moreover, Meta has not yet given any clarification regarding why it is killing the Messenger Apple Watch app. Some users are speculating that it could be due to the time users spend on the watch app instead of the actual app.
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That is, Meta wants Apple Watch users to use the messenger app on their phones instead of their watch to get more screen time on the phone app. But it could also be due to the lack of user uptake on the watch app.
As mentioned earlier, this is not the first time Apple Watch has lost the support for a third-party app. Previously, Instagram, Twitter, Hulu, Uber, Slack, Trello, and Target has discontinued their Apple Watch app. And there are some good reasons behind all these.
You see, Apple has gradually shifted away from promoting the Apple Watch as a device that’s home for apps. The Cupertino giant has been primarily focusing on health and fitness features. Although, the Apple WatchOS 10 is due to get a redesign, introducing interactive widgets. But as Mark Gurman states, an iPhone-like app experience does not “make sense on a watch.”