Although Apple’s smartwatch has been available for a while now, there has been a shortage of high quality third-party apps for the device. Many tech giants, such as Twitter and Instagram, have jumped aboard as soon as they had the opportunity, but most of the software they provided only made their services compatible with the Apple Watch, bringing very little real improvements to its functions.
However, Google has now decided to step in, and its first Apple Watch application, though rather unspectacular, shows much promise. Google’s app is barely an update to one of its older services, Google News & Weather, making it iOS compatible. But tech specialists and Apple Watch users are very enthusiastic about the future.
Now that the company broke the ice, more smartwatch are expected to flow in the upcoming months. It is the proof everyone needed that Google will not stay away from the Apple Watch, although it offers its own similar product in the form of Android Wear. Competition put aside, cooperation between Apple and Google will probably give a new dimension to the whole Apple Watch thing, bringing entirely new features to the device.
But first, let’s see what Google’s News & Weather app for the iOS really does. The app reunites articles from more than 65,000 news publications worldwide, with improved accessibility by grouping them into several categories by topic. For instance, sports news and the latest updates in technology can be found under the ‘Sports’ and ‘Technology’ categories, respectively.
The app updates in real time, and Apple Watch users will be able to scroll horizontally to browse through the headlines, or scroll down to see the picture attached to an article title that catches their attention. However, Google had to adapt its app to fit in the small screen of the smartwatch. There will be no short description of the story displayed, as Google News offers on other platforms, neither does the app allow Apple Watch users to read the article on their iPhones.
An unexpected surprise is that the iOS version of Google News & Weather does not bring weather alerts to Apple Watch users. This lapse led some reviewers to argue that the software was deliberately designed this way by Google in order to make sure it works better on other platforms.
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