Upcoming Wear OS update will make third-party apps much harder to use

Bill Mount

Wear OS will start making it more difficult to install third-party apps on your wearable devices from March 10, according to an email sent to developers. The Google-run software installed across a slew of smartwatch devices – such as the Fossil Sport and TicWatch Pro 3 – will remove key […]

Wear OS will start making it more difficult to install third-party apps on your wearable devices from March 10, according to an email sent to developers. The Google-run software installed across a slew of smartwatch devices – such as the Fossil Sport and TicWatch Pro 3 – will remove key features that allowed users to ‘sideload’ apps from their phones onto their Wear OS smartwatches with ease.

Google doesn’t seem to be targeting third-party apps specifically with the update. The change is instead intended to make Wear OS apps more discoverable on the Play Store and reduce the file size of apps that are already available on the platform. 

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