The all around Apple “hacker” and developer of JailBreakMe, simply known as Comex, has figured out a way to build a bootleg web browser for the Apple Watch’s OS, 9to5Mac first reported. In a brief video released late Saturday night, Comex show how Google’s home page functions from the screen of an Apple Watch. The video, though unconfirmed, shows that ‘jailbreaking’ an Apple Watch may be possible.
Suffice to say, the web browsing software looks silly and unorthodox for the Apple Watch, as its creators never intended for the device to be used in such a manner — but it does show yet another connection to a product of similar ilk, the iPhone. In fact, the Watch OS 1.0 is actually a version of the iPhone’s iOS 8.2. The primary difference stems from the Watch OS 1.0’s custom front-end layer user interface called Carousel, which creates a better functioning application experience given the Watch’s hardware limitations.
In the video, Comex shows a cut-off version of Google’s home page.
Stock Apple Watch’s do not include Safari for obvious reasons, but it is possible that a 3rd party application developer will eventually create a browser compatible with both the Apple Watch’s user interface (UI) and operating system (OS).
“Apple has announced a native SDK is in the works, which will allow the wider developer community to create apps that run code on the OS itself (rather than through an iPhone app extension a la WatchKit). Until then, community hacks like this are the first glimpse of what might be possible,” 9to5Mac writes.
Apple has official stated that native third-party Watch applications will be coming “later this year,” but little else is known regarding third-party options