Just like nearly every other Apple device, the Apple Watch has strong app support from developers. There are thousands of apps available, but a few very notable ones have left the wearable device in recent weeks.
According to Apple Insider, Google Maps, Amazon and eBay all had apps for the Apple Watch, but in the past couple of weeks, all pulled support. The omission is quite notable given that its from some very important services.
The Amazon and Google Maps app did very little to begin with. Google Maps did only a fraction of what the native Apple Maps app for the Apple Watch can do. The eBay app was a little more useful, giving users alert on bids.
After the report, Apple Insider reached out to all three companies but only Google responded with a statement clarifying the lack of support for the Apple Watch.
“We removed Apple Watch support from our latest iOS release but expect to support it again in the future,” commented Google.
There has been no word on wether or not Amazon or eBay are doing the same or have chosen to abandon the platform all together.
Maybe this will push app makers to make better apps
It’s hard to blame Google, Amazon and eBay for taking a break from the Apple Watch. It is really hard to make apps for it. There’s only so much you can do with the tiny screen and then, in the case of Google Maps, it also has to contend with limitations that Apple has in place so it won’t outshine its own maps app. Maybe this break will produce more useful apps from these companies.