Yeah, it frustrated me too… When they took the companion app out of the watch store I think that’s their version of “don’t make it available at all”. No new customers can download it to their phone, so I bet they wanted to not swipe the rug from people who already have it “sorta working” by just pulling it from the watch store. On the positive side for me I did use it in its “sorta working 1/5th of the time” state until my new HR monitor came in, and my new one pairs 100% of the time so far… fingers crossed
It would have been much better for me to keep just using the apple watch I had of course. I will feel dumb if they fix it in the next month or so, but I didn’t want to bet on a quick fix given their comment of “long term vision” for the fix, which sounded like more than making white deer the correct color.