Apple Watch Gaining New 'Walkie-Talkie' App in watchOS 5 so You Can Quickly Talk to Friends

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Apple showed off a major new app coming to watchOS 5 later this year, called "Walkie-Talkie." Using the app, Apple Watch wearers will be able to send quick voice messages to friends and family members by speaking into their Apple Watch, similar to real Walkie-Talkies.


To start using the feature, users will have to allow a connection to one another in the app. After, it will show a scrolling list of connected friends, which you can tap, speak your message, and send to their Apple Watch. Apple said the main purpose of Walkie-Talkie is to act as a middle point between sending a text message and calling someone on Apple Watch.

Additionally, a watch-to-watch connection will work over cellular and Wi-Fi.

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27 months ago
This is awesome. Love that they used Nextel Yellow ;)
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27 months ago
Only took 4 years. Seems like the new norm for Apple

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27 months ago
This feature was promised back in 2014.
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27 months ago

So basically, insta-voice mail without the call. Cuz this ain't like no walkie talkie I ever used.

Did your old walkie talkie fit on your wrist and also track your day and physical activity?
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27 months ago
Kinda cool gimmick, but you’re very, very rarely going to want to leave that enabled.
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27 months ago
They announced this as part of watchOS 1 way back when.

"...Still another likes the walkie-talkie ability." ('https://youtu.be/bdyVH5LqneU?t=2572') (click to see video)
- Tim Cook
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