People take control of their smart thermostat from their wrist so inconsistently that Google has chosen to totally scrap its Nest app for both Apple Watch and the company’s own Wear OS platform. The smartwatch Nest app offered a fast method to modify the thermostat’s target temperature or operating mode. But now it simply displays a “Nest is no longer supported on Wear OS” message when opened and instructs customers to uninstall it.
“We took a look at Nest app users on smartwatches and found that only a small number of people were using it,” a Google spokesperson told 9to5Google. “Moving forward our team will spend more time focusing on delivering high quality experiences through mobile apps and voice interactions.”
Is this some stupendous misfortune? Actually no, not by any stretch of the imagination. You can in any case simply haul out your phone and do those equivalent things (and then some) with the Nest mobile app on Android and iOS. Warnings from the Nest cell phone application will keep on appearing on your watch. Also, anybody with a Wear OS watch can utilize Google Assistant to control Nest gadgets with their voice. Apple Watch proprietors don’t have that fallback, in any case.
So even Google has finished up one of its own Wear OS apps — one that was a genuine case of a smartwatch’s accommodation — simply does not merit the exertion any more. It’s putting even less work into supporting the Apple Watch, with 9to5Google noting that Google Keep is the company’s last remaining watchOS app.