Another high-profile Apple Watch app has been retired. According to MacRumors, Meta is informing Facebook Messenger users that the Apple Watch version will be discontinued after May 31st. You’ll continue to receive message notifications after that point, but you won’t be able to respond. In a statement to Engadget, Meta did not provide an explanation. Users were instead directed to Messenger on “iPhone, desktop, and the web.”
The Tweet about Facebook Messenger discontinuing for Apple Watch from MacRumors is given below.
— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) May 11, 2023
In 2015, Meta (then Facebook) released Messenger for the Apple Watch. Although the app did not support text responses, you could send audio clips, stickers, and other smartwatch-friendly responses from your wrist. This made it convenient to quickly acknowledge a message without having to reach for your iPhone.
Possible Reasons Behind Facebook Messenger App Discontinuing for Apple Watch
A number of factors could be at play. To begin, the app’s limited interaction diminished its appeal. This could have influenced its target audience. Meta is also laying off approximately 10,000 employees and refocusing its efforts in order to save money. That means reducing less important projects, and it’s safe to assume Messenger for Apple Watch was not a top priority.
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Several well-known corporations have discontinued their Apple Watch apps over the years. In 2018, Meta discontinued its wrist-worn Instagram app. Slack, Twitter, Uber, and other companies have abandoned their wearable clients. In many cases, developers left due to a lack of demand or a lack of necessity — there’s no point in having a native smartwatch app if you’re going to pick up your phone anyway.
The Dynamic Lucas posted on Twitter about the Facebook app Discontinue for Apple Watch. You can see the Tweet below.
Facebook Messenger's Apple Watch app will be discontinued at the end of this month, according to Meta, ending the ability for users to reply to messages on the service from their wrist. pic.twitter.com/J1eRaDYLHF
— The Dynamic Lucas (@DiamondboyLucas) May 11, 2023
Apple is probably aware of this. According to rumors, watchOS 10 will be redesigned around widgets. Apps may survive, but the emphasis may shift to quick-glance information rather than navigating apps on a tiny screen. Even if you use Messenger for Apple Watch now, there may be less incentive to do so in the future.
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