Here's why there is no native browser on the Apple Watch

Here's why there is no native browser on the Apple Watch
Apple didn't stuff a native browser into the Apple Watch. But iOS jailbreaker Comex was able to hack a browser onto the timepiece which he used to get to the Google web site. Watch OS 1.0 is a version of iOS 8.2 with a front-end tweak for the wearable. This probably helped Comex with his hack since much of what he needed to add the browser to the device was already available to him.

Using a browser on the Apple Watch would require too much scrolling to make it a positive experience for Apple Watch users. While apps can currently run on the Apple Watch thanks to its pairing with the Apple iPhone, stand alone apps are expected to be available for the timepiece later this year.

Since the Apple Watch does need to be paired with an iPhone, if you need a browser your best bet is to slip your iPhone out of your pocket and put mobile Safari to work. The next Apple Watch is rumored to be a stand alone model and perhaps Apple will have something up its sleeve (like a larger screen) to allow a smooth browsing experience for that watch. The stand alone Samsung Gear S employs a special version of Opera Mini on that Tizen powered timepiece.

A video showing the hack has been disabled, but we do have some pictures that you can view by clicking on the slideshow below.

source: MobyPicture/Comex via 9to5Mac, Gizmodo



1. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Why? It doesn't take a lot to example... Its too freaking small. Bad enough Apple made you iPhone users look on a 3.5inch screen in previous generations of iPhones... But that's none of my business.

3. g2a5b0e unregistered

The last 3.5" iPhone came out in 2011. Why are we still talking about this? People love to talk about irrelevant things.

4. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Aww, mad or nah? It was just my two cents, don't need to get butthurt. Also, as if 4" is better? Please dismiss yourself.

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

What would I possibly be mad about? I've never even owned an iOS device (check out the devices I've owned). I love the way people always assume that one is an Apple lover when he/she defends the company. I think you're the one who's mad here. Sorry I was too honest for you. If you want me dismissed, feel free to try to make me. Unfortunately for you, I've been posting on this site for way longer than a few days. Good luck.

7. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

I don't get why your comment was needed. I've been on PA longer then a few days, this isn't my first account. I'm not the only one assuming, nice observation though, it was ALMOST full proof.

8. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Also, "too honest for you" I don't know what you mean. I was basing my comment off the last/smallest "relevant" iPhone.

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Last I checked, there are plenty of people that still want a 4 incher

2. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014


5. gaming64 unregistered

Wait, a browser for a screen that small. Glad there isnt one anyway.

9. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Browser works nice on gear s. It has a much larger screen and it's own sim so there is a point to it on that.

10. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

everything is nice/great/amazing/big thing(?) on Samsung device nowadays. even a full QWERTY-keyboard on it is great, right?

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So people can't say something is nice about a device now because other people do? All he said was a feature is nice on a Gear S, is that really a bad thing to say? Are we only supposed to talk about what's wrong on devices?

12. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

I browsed half of the internet on a 2" SE k810 with Opera mini. Your argument is invalid.

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Why would you even browse trough internet on smartwatch lol

14. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

His thumb is bigger than the screen. Why would anyone want to browse on a watch? Why would anyone want a watch bigger just for the benefit of browsing. Why does PA keep defending Apple in these weird ways? No one cares there is no browser on the watches, that's not what a watch is for. But that brings up question time.... What happens when you do search for something on the web via Siri on the Watch? Does it do the same as Android Wear?

15. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Absolutely no idea why anyone would want to browse on a watch, then again many of the app idea's I've seen for smart watches make no sense to me, I'd use my phone with much more space for stuff, but then again that's just me.

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