Lyft, the other major popular ride hailing service, has made a significant change to its app availability.
The company didn’t make any official announcements, but MacRumors is reporting on Tuesday that the company has decided to drop its Apple Watch app. At the time of publication, the official Apple Watch app is no longer listed within the App Store, and it can no longer be downloaded or installed by way of the official stock Apple Watch app for iOS, either. What’s more, and perhaps to seal the deal, Lyft has dropped any mention of the Watch app from the description of the app in the App Store.
While it was initially reported that the app was simply gone with no explanation as to why, which would certainly not be completely unheard of, it appears that Lyft is in the process of building a new version of the app for Apple’s smartwatch platform. According to the report, citing a support ticket from a customer named Eric, Lyft is currently “testing the integration” for a new Apple Watch app.
Unfortunately, while Lyft appears to not be dropping the idea of an Apple Watch app altogether, it doesn’t yet have a timeline as to when the new option will see the light of day.
If you have been relying on the Apple Watch app, it appears you’ll have to take a break for now. But at least a new version is on the way.
It originally sounded like Lyft was following in the footsteps of other companies, like the Facebook-owned Instagram, and dropping support for the Apple Watch altogether. It appears that isn’t the case, though, and we’re just seeing a small break in the Apple Watch action. Still, just dropping the available app, even as you work on something else, is pretty abrupt, to say the least.
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