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This news item is part of the weekly top 5 news bulletin (from Week 4, Jul 2023) specially packaged for leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, and Faith-based Social Ventures. 

WhatsApp Launches Standalone App for Smartwatches on Google Wear OS  

WhatsApp announces that they are releasing a full standalone app for all smartwatches that are going to work on Google Wear OS. So it’s not for Apple Watch. Apple Watch, by the way, is the dominant player in the smartwatches industry, but right now WhatsApp is coming only to Google Wear OS users. This app is almost fully functional like the regular mobile app. People can read chat, and reply using voice or text from the watch, and they can mute a chat, they can block and report chats, verify end to end encryption, view images& stickers, playback voice messages, send outgoing reactions, and also, of course, answer any phone calls that are being directed to WhatsApp. All of this can be done even if you leave your phone behind and just carry the watch that runs on Google Wear OS.

Here is the full list of the Top 5 News Items from Week 4, Jul 2023 with source links from Instagram, TikTok, WhatsApp, Facebook, Apple.

🗞️ News 1: Instagram Reels Templates Get an Upgraded Discovery, Creation & Editing   

Source: Instagram

🗞️ News 2: TikTok Joins the FIDO Alliance & Introduces Passkeys for iOS Devices   

Source: TikTok

🗞️ News 3: WhatsApp Launches Standalone App for Smartwatches on Google Wear OS  

Source: WhatsApp

🗞️ News 4: Facebook Renames ‘Watch’ Tab; Adds New Video Features & Improves UX       

Source: Meta 

🗞️ News 5: [AI News] Apple’s Chatbot Plans; Meta & Microsoft Partner on Llama 2 

Source: Bloomberg | Microsoft

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