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Google, Amazon, eBay Call Time Out On Apple Watch Apps

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May 2, 2017, 7:23 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

A handful of marquee apps have dropped support for the Apple Watch in recent weeks, according to AppleInsider. Checks of the iTunes App Store show Google Maps, Amazon, eBay, Target and others have removed the Apple Watch from their list of supported devices. With Watch apps, developers create a watchOS version that goes alongside the standard iOS version. The companies above have ceased distributing the watchOS companion app with their full iOS apps, which means the apps are no longer available to the watch. Google was the only company to issue a statement. It said: "We removed Apple Watch support from our latest iOS release but expect to support it again in the future." Removing apps from Apple's wearable doesn't necessarily signal that the platform is in decline, but it does show supporting the platform may not be viable from a third-party business standpoint. Apple did not comment on the matter.



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May 2, 2017, 7:45 AM

Makes Sense

Amazon, eBay, and Target makes sense. I can't imagine it's convenient to shop on a small watch face, so what does it get them. They can tell where sales are generated from and if the app isn't covering the cost of development, it's going to cease to exist.

There's a reason Fitbit is doing better than any of the phone makers. They understand that the bells and whistles don't always make sense on a device like this.
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