Get WRAL News On Your Apple Watch
Posted November 19, 2015
Updated November 20, 2015
The WRAL News app is now wearable. On November 17, the WRAL News app was upgraded to push Triangle news, weather and sports content directly to the Apple Watch.
To access the watch extension, Apple Watch owners must first update their existing WRAL News app to the latest version (4.0.9) and ensure that their watch is running watchOS 2.
Once both updates are complete, Apple Watch users will be able to tap on the WRAL “5” icon on the watch face to see the latest news and sports along with DUALDoppler 5000, 7-day and hourly forecasts at a glance.
“We’ve seen significant growth in our iOS apps across Apple devices since we first launched in 2008, and we’ve remained dedicated to providing our audience with richer, more engaging user experiences as behaviors and technology have shifted,” said John Conway, WRAL.com general manager. “Making WRAL News wearable is a major milestone in our overall digital strategy.”
In August, research firm IDC reported the shipment of 3.6 million Apple Watch units in the second quarter of 2015. These figures suggest that the Watch has sold more units out of the gate than the iPad or iPhone signaling a growing interest in wearable devices.
Additional free iOS and Android apps, including the WRAL Weather, WRAL Sports Fan, High School OT, Out & About, and WRAL TechWire apps, can be found in the App Store and on Google Play. These apps are managed by Capitol Broadcasting Company's New Media Group. CBC is the parent company of WRAL.
“Our goal is to make it easy for our audience to get the breaking news and weather information they count on anytime, anywhere,” said Jake Seaton, WRAL.com Digital Product Manager. “The Watch is designed to make notification more seamless than ever, and in breaking news situations, every second counts. We’re thrilled to expand our mobile suite to include the Apple Watch.”
WRAL News is also now accessible in Apple News, a news aggregating app available for iOS 9 users. To add WRAL News into their Apple News feed and Favorites, users can search for “WRAL” and tap the plus symbol.