WhatsApp is reportedly testing its much-awaited Wear OS app for compatible smartwatches. The feature was spotted in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 version. It is reportedly rolling out to select WhatsApp for Android beta testers via Google Play Store. With the latest beta update, the app is said to be accessible on smartwatches. Recently, it was also reported that WhatsApp is testing a feature to silence unknown calls via the Android app.
According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp Beta for Android 184.108.40.206 has received Wear OS support for Smartwatches. The report states that select WhatsApp beta testers running the latest update version have noticed the app’s compatibility with their Wear OS smartwatch. The beta version seems to enable access to WhatsApp chats and voice messages on Wear OS smartwatches.
The WhatsApp beta tracker also shared a screenshot showcasing a notification where the WhatsApp account is being linked to a Wear OS smartwatch. Notably, the messages on the smartwatch app will also be end-to-end encrypted just like on the smartphone. However, the report states that WhatsApp for Wear OS doesn’t support voice calls.
Users who are part of the WhatsApp beta programme can download the latest WhatsApp beta for Android version 220.127.116.11 from the Google Play Store and try out to link their WhatsApp account to their Wear OS smartwatch. When linking their smartwatch, users will reportedly receive an eight-digit code on their watch. Once done, the two devices will sync and the user can access their WhatsApp chats on their smartwatch.
The report states that WhatsApp for Wear OS is not available for the WhatsApp Business profiles as of now.
Recently, WhatsApp was found testing the ability to silence unknown calls on the app. This was found in the WhatsApp for Android beta app version 18.104.22.168. The platform has reportedly added a toggle to put unknown callers on silent mode in Settings > Privacy. Users are said to be able to enable this toggle and mute calls from potentially spam phone numbers. However, these calls will still be visible in the Calls log and in the notification tab.