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  • Continued Hacking of Watch OS Brings Even More Awesome Stuff to the Apple Watch


    A group of hackers well known in the jailbreak community have been hacking into the Apple Watch firmware and messing around with the idea of "truly" native third-party applications. The motive came from the fact that Watch OS 2, which will be released in the Fall this year, doesn't allow truly native applications. Instead, there are still some limiting rules that developers have to abide to, such as sticking with WatchKit.

    Part of the original Watch OS hacking group was Saurik (Jay Freeman), Steve Troughton-Smith, and Adam Bell, but it would appear that even iOS developer Hamza Sood is joining in on the fun.

    Above, Sood demonstrates a clone of the popular, but retired, Flappy Bird game running on the Apple Watch. To view the entire demo video via Vine, you will have to view Sood's Tweet from earlier today.

    Moreover, published a couple of days ago, Adam Bell demonstrates a video of having ported the popular Canabalt game to the Apple Watch, which Bell is calling "NanoCanabalt:"



    The Watch OS hacking is exciting and opens up possible doors for more user and developer control of the wearable device rather than Apple-only control.

    Although Watch OS 2 will be available to the public in the Fall, it is available right now in beta form for developers to download and develop for on Apple's online developer portal.

    Sources: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Continued Hacking of Watch OS Brings Even More Awesome Stuff to the Apple Watch started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Reminds me of the '80s Casio watches with built in shooting games. The same silly idea. Have a tiny bitty screen that's good for nothing, put some interesting graphics on it just to show that we can and than we'll figure out something we can use it for. Except this one is much more technologically advanced. Still good for nothing and you look silly using it if you're over 25. I'm sorry.
    1. pulsecub's Avatar
      pulsecub -
      This is cool and all, but where is the jailbreak for iOS 8.2/8.3 so I can actually use my Apple Watch with my iPhone???
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by pulsecub View Post
      This is cool and all, but where is the jailbreak for iOS 8.2/8.3 so I can actually use my Apple Watch with my iPhone???
      What Iím wondering is where is the jailbreak for the ATV3. Seems we can hack everything except that?
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Can't wait until these exploits hit the streets. I'll be patiently waiting :]
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      I like the possibility of Cydia tweaks for the watch, but I'm not interested in playing games on my watch. But like I said, the fact that this can be done is exciting to me from the tweak angle.
    1. gldoorii's Avatar
      gldoorii -
      Quote Originally Posted by rolandgabor View Post
      Reminds me of the '80s Casio watches with built in shooting games. The same silly idea. Have a tiny bitty screen that's good for nothing, put some interesting graphics on it just to show that we can and than we'll figure out something we can use it for. Except this one is much more technologically advanced. Still good for nothing and you look silly using it if you're over 25. I'm sorry.
      Actually, I'd say if you're over 25 you have a much greater use for a smart watch, provided you have daily appointments and a social filled life compared to someone who is younger and just buying it as a toy. I don't own one, yet, but I'm 34 and would benefit greatly from having the ability to use its features without having to go for my phone since I'm on the go a lot. If we all thought about looking silly with tech, then we'd be thinking..Why do we need laptops if we can use desktops? Why do we need tablets when we can use laptops? Why do we need smartphones when we can use tablets? Why do we need smart watches when we have smartphones? Because we can. That's why.
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Quote Originally Posted by gldoorii View Post
      Actually, I'd say if you're over 25 you have a much greater use for a smart watch, provided you have daily appointments and a social filled life compared to someone who is younger and just buying it as a toy. I don't own one, yet, but I'm 34 and would benefit greatly from having the ability to use its features without having to go for my phone since I'm on the go a lot. If we all thought about looking silly with tech, then we'd be thinking..Why do we need laptops if we can use desktops? Why do we need tablets when we can use laptops? Why do we need smartphones when we can use tablets? Why do we need smart watches when we have smartphones? Because we can. That's why.
      My point exactly. Because our lives, personal or professional is benefiting by using better technology. When we CAN we should. On this thing with the itty bitty screen you CAN'T. It's that simple. Buy a smaller car, smaller TV, smaller laptop, smaller tablet, smaller phone and than let me know if it's better.