WatchOS could soon support third party watch faces

WatchOS could soon support third party watch faces
The latest beta version of watchOS 4 suggests support for third-party developers could be coming in certain aspects. Ever since the Silicon Valley-based company launched watchOS back in 2015, Apple has limited third-party customizations almost entirely. However, when it comes to their NanoTimeKit, this could be about to change.

The NanoTimeKit is responsible for various features, among which is the watch face configurations of the wearable in question. Until now, owners of Apple Watch devices have been able to choose only from a select range of watch faces created by Apple or those introduced via the company’s partnership with Disney. As part of the watchOS 4.3.1 beta, however, it appears Apple will finally be opening up watch face configurations to developers. This is due to a new line of code that boasts a NanoTimeKit developer tools server, although, in its present state, the server cannot be accessed. Interestingly, though, a message that states that "this is where the 3rd party face config bundle generation would happen" accompanies the line of code, thus hinting at third-party support in the near future. In doing so, developers outside of Apple will be able to commence work on their own, personalized watch faces.

Apple is yet to officially confirm the new developer support but, considering the new line of code that is present, it appears the company is at least considering it. Ultimately, however, Apple could choose to scrap the idea before any release happens. In any case, if the company does choose to go ahead with the developer kit, it will likely be announced at the company’s annual WWDC developer conference, which begins June 4. Here, the company is expected to announce a number of new software updates, including watchOS 5, which could perhaps include the new third-party watch face support.

source: 9To5Mac



1. gigicoaste

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Soon?? Wow! Are not enough behind? They need to wait a bit more.. !? Sometimes I don't understand their marketing..

2. DolmioMan

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Well they’re miles ahead of android wear ehem, sorry “WearOS” and Tizen wearables, I’d say the only thing they’re behind in is watch face customisation.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1475; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

What exactly are they miles ahead in then?

5. maherk

Posts: 7020; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Expect him to comeback with the same old argument, sales numbers.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7602; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wear OS and Tizen OS can do a lot more from a programming perspective than any Apple watch. Nevermind the watch face, Apple users still don't even have an always on watch face option. You know, like real watches or like Wear OS, and Tizen.

6. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I haven’t seen a Android wear device in quite a while but see a Apple Watch everyday. They do need more watch faces though.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I see mostly Gears and Apple Watches.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31629; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They’re behind in features, battery life, customization, infographics, and 3rd party watch faces. The best products don’t always sell the most. The watch OS fitness app, is also miles behind. Sales numbers please and thank you.

12. gigicoaste

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Well, from usability perspective it seems to me that they are miles.. behind. They miss a lot of features and the application flexibility which you can find on other platforms. And I'm not talking about how many they sold since this is not a buying factor for consumers.. or at least it shouldn't.

3. nikhil23

Posts: 502; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Wait. They don't even support third party watch faces yet ? How long has it been since they released the first Apple watch ?

10. gamehead unregistered

We should have this now! The offerings are sparse

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