U.S. Edition EditionsAustralia EditionChina EditionIndia EditionSingapore EditionUnited KingdomUnited States Apr 10, 10:30 AM EDT Subscribe BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureMillennial MoneyOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Corazon Victorino On 04/02/18 AT 8:29 PM Facebook’s Instagram is rolling out a new update for its Apple Watch app, but it is something that would actually kill the app for the smartwatch. The photo-sharing platform has confirmed that it is eliminating its Apple Watch app and it is subtly putting the blame on Apple. Instagram reached out Monday to French website iPhoneAddict to explain why it decided to abandon its Apple Watch app. In a statement, the company made it appear like Apple was the one who stimulated its shocking move. According to Instagram, its Apple Watch app was built using the watchOS 1 SDK and since Apple obsoleted the software development kit over the weekend, it put an end to its app. … [Read more...] about Why Did Instagram Abandon Apple Watch App?
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By Roger Fingas Monday, April 02, 2018, 12:34 pm PT (03:34 pm ET) With its latest iOS update, Facebook's Instagram has also killed its native Apple Watch app, once used to showcase the first-generation Watch that launched in 2015. The native Watch app was created using the watchOS 1 SDK, which Apple is no longer supporting as of Apr. 1, Instagram explained in a comment to French site iPhoneAddict. Rather than rebuild it for watchOS 4, Instagram appears to have decided to scrap development entirely. Watch owners will instead have to rely on push notifications, losing the ability to browse feeds from their wrist. The watchOS app should disappear after installing version 39 of Instagram for the iPhone. Instagram's presence on the Watch has always been controversial. The wearable doesn't have any cameras, and its small screen makes it impossible to see photos in much detail. Many developers have abandoned native apps for the Watch, some of the bigger examples being Amazon, eBay, and … [Read more...] about Instagram nixes native Apple Watch app, citing death of watchOS 1 SDK
Google has just released its first Apple Watch app, although it might not be the app users have been waiting for. The first iOS app from Google to receive support for the Apple Watch turns out to be Google News & Weather, definitely not the most popular iOS app from Google.The name actually doesn't turn out to be representative of the app's Apple Watch extension, as there's nothing in it that relates to weather. Google News and Weather allows users to read news headlines on their wrist piece, and offers to do so through a minimalistic user interface. However, the app doesn't offer the actual content of the story, just the headline, which is somewhat limiting.Aside from swiping between news headlines, the only other thing you can do is to Force Touch a headline to have it added to the reading list in Safari. It will be interesting to learn if Google will hold out on any of its major services from the Apple Watch in an attempt to promote its very own smartwatch platform, Android … [Read more...] about Google News & Weather is the first Apple Watch app from Google
An Apple Watch app is the latest addition to the long list of extras that owners of the $229k Bentley Bentayga SUV are treated to. The Touch Screen Remote App for the Bentley Bentayga (link) puts controls such as climate control, infotainment, vehicle information, front passenger seat movement, rear seat heating, ventilation and massage on your iPhone's screen, or right on your wrist. It's cool that one can monitor vehicle speed, distance, and outside temperature on the watch, although we imagine the car itself has that part covered already. Anyway, Bentley says the app uses "bespoke digital architecture" that syncs with the car's Touch Screen Remote system, so it looks like the iPhone is no longer the only device that pairs with the Apple Watch.Britain's "definitive" luxury car company is no stranger to iOS apps, knowing its clientele's affinity towards Apple products. The free Pure Bentley iPad app (link) is accessible for every iPad user and offers a terrific multimedia saunter … [Read more...] about The Apple Watch app for the Bentyaga SUV is the closest you’ll get to a remote-controlled Bentley
Best Apple Watch apps for 2018 The Apple Watch is onto its third generation now, and the aptly-named Apple Watch 3 is proving pretty popular - so that's why you're probably here checking out the new apps.In fact, it's one of the best smartwatch options out there, and now we're at the third generation it's becoming a particularly accomplished smart option for your wrist.The number one question we hear from new Apple Watch owners is, "what apps should I download first?" To make answering that query easier, we devised a thorough list of the best Apple Watch apps. With the right choices, your new digital timepiece will become so much more.Before you get into that though, remember to head into the Apple Watch main app on your iPhone - that's where you'll see a list of the apps already installed on your phone that can also be transferred to your Watch. If you see any you like the look of here, you'll need to download them to your iPhone first.Make sure you tag the apps you want on your … [Read more...] about Best Apple Watch apps for your smartwatch in 2018