In a significant development, WhatsApp is set to make its way onto smartwatches for the very first time. During Google’s I/O 2023 keynote on Wednesday, it was announced that the popular chat application will be available on Wear OS 3 devices, including Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 and the upcoming Pixel Watch, starting this summer. This integration opens up new possibilities for seamless communication on the go.
The smartwatch version of WhatsApp will offer a range of features, including the ability to record and send voice messages, send text messages, and access a list of favorite contacts. Users can easily keep in touch with their loved ones without reaching for their smartphones.
Earlier this week, a beta version of the WhatsApp software for Wear OS was discovered by 9to5Google. The preview showcased an eight-digit alphanumeric code that users need to enter on their phones to link their Wear OS devices to their WhatsApp accounts. The beta release also showcased a circular complication on the watch’s home screen, displaying unread messages. The complication features two tiles dedicated to contacts and voice messages, allowing users to send messages with just a few taps.
This development follows Meta’s recent announcement that it has redesigned WhatsApp’s multi-device functionality, enabling users to access their accounts on multiple phones. The expansion to Wear OS devices further demonstrates WhatsApp’s commitment to enhancing user experience and providing seamless connectivity across various platforms.
With WhatsApp’s arrival on smartwatches, users can expect greater convenience and accessibility in their messaging experience. Whether it’s quickly sending voice messages or staying connected through text messages, the integration of WhatsApp with Wear OS 3 is poised to transform the way users interact with the app while on the move.