After the Apple Watch officially hit store shelves back in April, Apple's first ever wearable device already managed to amass a healthy ecosystem of apps created by third party developers. As a matter of fact, shortly after the smartwatch was released, there were already about 3,500 apps that were made available to Apple Watch owners, with big names such as Twitter and Instagram all publicly declaring their support for Apple's wrist wonder.
One company was noticeably absent from those names -- Google. Obviously, since Google and Apple are fierce rivals in the tech world after all, nobody would expect them to be working hand in hand. But it appears that the draw of the Apple Watch is not to be underestimated. Because now, Google is releasing its first Apple Watch app with an update to its Google News & Weather app for iOS.
This is definitely an interesting development because people are seeing Google laying aside its pro-Android Wear stance in order to bring one of its apps to the Apple Watch. After this, we could see other Google-made apps in the Apple Watch some time in the future, too.
In terms of choosing its first app to debut on the Apple Watch, the Google News & Weather app seems like a good choice. Other similar apps from news sources, like CNN or the New York Times, have already launched on the Apple Watch, and Google's news app should fit right in.
Still, the Google News & Weather app can be considered a relative newcomer to the iOS platform. After all, it was only made available to iOS users last fall. By delivering news summaries from 65,000 sources on topics that range from current world events to sports to entertainment, it could prove useful to any user, regardless if they are on Android or iOS. Furthermore, the app's customization features allow users to personalize the way news is delivered, or which type of news are to be delivered.
And now, it has been updated to support the Apple Watch. Like to other news-oriented Apple Watch apps, the Google News & Weather app provides users with the ability to swipe through news headlines on the Apple Watch's screen. When users scroll down, they can view an accompanying photo. True, the app does not present news as comprehensively as other Apple Watch news apps, but it does function fairly well as a news app that can give users quick to read snippets of the latest news either from around the world, or in the local scene.
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