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You can no longer hail an Uber from your wrist

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Uber has discontinued its Apple Watch app, telling customers to change to its cellular app as an alternative. No extra hailing an Uber journey out of your wrist.


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Has Uber discontinued its Apple Watch app?

“Please swap to the Person mobile app,” reads a grammatically incorrect message that greets the consumer after they open Uber for Apple Watch. “We not supporting the Apple Watch app. Sorry for the inconvenience,” it continues.

It seems the app has been unavailable to obtain since round December 8. Furthermore, Uber for Apple Watch can be at the moment accessible to obtain from Apple’s App Retailer, however that is in all probability because of server adjustments taking a while to propagate.

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Curiously, Uber has not eliminated the Uber Apple Watch app from the App Store. The app continues to be in a position to be downloaded and put in on an Apple Watch, however opening it up reveals a poorly-worded message about dropped assist, ending with a tragic face emoji.

On the time of writing, Uber didn’t replace its assist web site to replicate the change.

Why are some builders discontinuing Apple Watch apps?

Uber is simply the newest main developer to drop assist for Apple’s smartwatch.

Up to now a number of years, main apps have stopped supporting Apple Watch with native apps. A number of the widespread apps that was accessible on the wrist-worn machine however now solely provide assist for notifications embrace eBay, Amazon, Lyft, Uber, Twitter and Instagram.

In many of the instances, builders stated they noticed little exercise from their watchOS apps. Many app makers merely couldn’t afford to assist Apple Watch whereas others have did not optimize their apps correctly for wrist computing. Restricted performance could possibly be the explanation for the removing of Uber for Apple Watch—the watchOS app by no means supported Uber options equivalent to uberPOOL, ETA sharing or contacting a driver.

However there are additionally instances when a developer has pulled their Apple Watch app as a result of it was both outdated or used previous APIs that Apple would quickly cease supporting.

One such case is the Google Maps app, which was unavailable on the wearable machine for a interval till Google rewrote it from scratch to run natively on the watch.