One Less Thing.
We spent a lot of time not making a Watch app. We love our new wrist computers but they are not the place for reading articles.
This. 100 times this. So many of the watch apps I’ve seen – and Today Extensions – should never have been written. Just because you CAN write a Watch extension, doesn’t mean you should, especially if all it does is launch your phone app (ahem Evernote).
Out of my three remaining apps:
- Nearest Bus is a prime candidate for a watch app. That’s next on my list.
- Trip Wallet should never have one. Ever. No reason at all.
- MobileAgent could – starting a timer or mileage maybe, but otherwise, no. If there was a way to get realtime, pushed bank account info that might be somewhat useful, but really, it’s just a notification.
And of the ones I work in at the day job (not that I have much say in which ones would get it):
- goMoney – balances and transfers maybe, but as there is no push of information to the phone (and hence watch), it’s not overly useful (IMO – the company might think otherwise). It’s just a notification in the end (and how often do you do a transfer?)
So think carefullly about if a Watch app – or a Today Extension for that matter – even makes sense1 before you commit to making one.
It might be that it doesn’t make UX/technical sense, but it has marketing value. Thats fine, I guess…. ¯_(?)_/¯ ?