The transport service provider Uber has apparently discontinued its Apple Watch app: You no longer support the Apple Watch, it says when you open the watchOS app, functions are no longer available. Users should switch to the smartphone app to book a trip, says the note – we apologize for the inconvenience. An official confirmation for the end of the Apple Watch app is not yet available, and a reason for the announced end of support is missing.
Ubers Watch app still available
In the App Store, the app is still available for download for the Smartwatch, and the functionality can also be found unchanged in support documents.
Accordingly, it remains to be seen for the time being whether a new, revised app is planned for watchOS or whether the platform will no longer be supported in the future. Uber withdrew from Google’s competitor Wear OS a long time ago.
When the Apple Watch was introduced, Apple managers presented the Uber app as a major poster child for the possibilities of the new device category. Despite the App Store and close iPhone connection, the Apple Watch has so far not been able to establish itself as a lively new general app platform, but there is only a larger range in certain categories such as fitness, health, outdoor and music.
Watch apps gradually on their own two feet
Other large app providers, who initially jumped on the bandwagon, discontinued their mostly very limited and often not very useful watch apps in the past few years. Occasionally, however, watch apps have also been completely reissued after Apple gradually expanded the functionality of the originally massively limited programs – for example, Google Maps returned to the Apple Watch. In the meantime, stand-alone Apple Watch apps can also be offered, which can communicate directly with web services even without an accompanying iPhone. However, the smartwatch still cannot be used without an iPhone.