Google is trying to relaunch Wear OS once again. And those efforts were made clear during Google I / O 2021 earlier this year. There, Wear OS 3 starred on the show as a joint effort of Google and Samsung. And in order to get people started with Wear OS, the Google Play Store recommends “essential” people for your new watch. Everything is beautiful and good, except that on these essentials, two applications no longer have a Wear OS version.
The Play Store currently highlights Uber and Telegram as two “must have” apps for any new Wear OS user, as spotted by reddit mannabhai poster. Except these apps may not be must-haves for new Wear OS users, as their versions of Wear OS have been discontinued. Specifically, the Wear OS version of Uber has long been discontinued, while Telegram ceased to be supported on these smartwatches a few days ago. The other apps on the list are good, but there’s no way to install Uber or Telegram on a smartwatch anymore.
The most likely explanation for what’s going on here is that whoever compiled the list did not receive the memo that these apps were not available. After all, if you mine the list on an Android smartphone without knowing otherwise, you wouldn’t know that they are not available until the moment you go to download the app.
As Google pushes further for Wear OS, we can hope to see more apps to replace them.