April 22, 2015 Last Updated 1:22 pm

The New York Times releases its Apple Watch related update ahead of official launch on Friday

Priceline among those who also issued Apple Watch related updates; Apple updates its iWork iOS apps – though only Keynote adds Apple Watch support

The New York Times today joined the crowd, updating its iPhone app – NYTimes – Breaking National & World News – to add Apple Watch support, two days before the official launch of the smartwatch.

NYT-iPhone-AW-updateLike most other media app updates, the NYT’s is all about push notifications. The twist with the NYT’s app is that it will attempt to give you the news in one sentence – All the News That’ll Fit, if you will.

“Get the news you need at a glance with The New York Times on Apple Watch,” the app description explains.

“Catch up quickly with one-sentence stories crafted specially for the small screen. Receive alerts when big news breaks. Use Handoff to continue reading on your iPhone, or touch Save for Later to build a personal reading list.”

“Readers can swipe through these stories and get a quick glance, if they only have a few seconds and want to get caught up,” Andrew Phelps, senior product manager, said when the app was first announced last month.

“We’re not claiming to be revolutionizing communication — someone was teasing me about trying to invent the sentence,” Phelps told re/code recently. “The idea is, first and foremost, it’s a way to get caught up on the news quickly.”

The Times was not the only company to update its app for the Apple Watch, of course. Apple released updates for its iWork apps, with the Keynote app update mentioning using an Apple Watch to manage slideshows (Microsoft added the same function to its PowerPoint iOS app update).

Apple has not added Apple Watch support to its Numbers app, though. Guess that Apple Watch display is a tad too small to be looking at spreadsheets.

Priceline, though, added Apple Watch support to its iOS app (if you ask me, they should have changed the app icon to show William Shatner wearing an Apple Watch, don’t you think?):

What’s New in Version 12.4
Apple Watch is here!

  • Priceline.com for the Apple Watch helps you quickly get your hands on the best hotel deals!
  • Book last-minute hotel deals and view your upcoming trip details right from your wrist.

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