Lack of WatchOS 2 3rd Party Apps

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Bob190, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. Bob190 macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2015
    A bit disappointed (and surprised) by the lack of WatchOS 2 apps available.

    Especially, in the fitness arena ... Running, Cycling, etc.

    I would have expected the major players like Strava, Nike+, etc. to have their WatchOS 2 apps ready at the time of the launch since they had months and months to get those ready. Especially given that they could now take advantage of the watch sensors.

    Oh well, guess I just need to patient.
  2. broken202 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2015
    Pekin, IL
    Me too! I'm waiting for the Facebook Messenger Watch app to be released. I can't find any info on it.
  3. mattburley7 macrumors 68040

    Oct 13, 2011
    maybe there are a bunch of apps that are watchOS 2 ready but are just being hung up for being released because they are still being reviewed by apple.
  4. Bob190 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2015
    Possibly .. you would have thought Apple would have moved them to the front of the queue.
  5. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    They'll come slowly, it seems like every dev was in a rush to have a terrible app day 1 now that they can make it native they're taking their time
  6. Thepixelsedge macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    A lot of the developers still have issues to fix with their apps since apple discovered that "critical" bug that delayed OS2. I believe that bug has caused many developers to have to adjust their apps as well. Within a week I'm sure the trickle will turn into a flood of apps.
  7. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Yep. Waiting impatiently for Strava and Runkeepers.
  8. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    Give it a little time. Apps are just coming out with iOS 9 support it was out last Wednesday.

    Runtastic is already os2 ready and has its own complication. It actually has access and uses the sensors.
  9. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Does the running included in Activity ring?
  10. canyonblue737 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2005
    I'm concerned Apple made a strategic mistake when they decided to launch the Apple Watch *WITHOUT* native apps. So many developers made launch window Apple Watch non-native "apps" (3000-5000!) but as we all know the vast majority were simply terrible because of being non-native. The excitement over apps on the Watch is now muted and many, many of those developers are likely taking a wait and see attitude because they don't want to use more development time. I hope I'm wrong but the difference is stark... day 1 of Apple Watch you had 3000+ apps and day 1 of native apps you have what... 20? The SDK has been out a while now and these Apps aren't super complex so I don't know that time explains why there are so few. Hope I'm wrong but I'm uneasy.
  11. Bob190 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2015

    Well, just tried the Runtastic Pro WatchOS 2 app and it was a nearly complete failure. The app froze on the watch at about the 7:45 minute mark, and then would update every now and then, but it never showed current data nor did it update continuously. The phone app did continue to update at least. At the end of the run, I tried to end it from the watch as per the instructions, it was completely unresponsive. Had to end the run on the phone and the HR data wasn't saved.

    Waste of time and $4.99 ... I won't use it again.
  12. FrisbeeK9 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    Maybe with the "Bug" the major players had to go back and re-code for the OS2? I don't know but it seems most of the apps are being delayed for some reason.
  13. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    So far my experience has only been somewhat better with the few native apps available now....
  14. Mac2me macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2015
    I'd rather not see them rushed and have the developers really work hard on them to keep them small in size and have great features. Work that code and amaze us!
  15. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Seem to be a lot of people who have never tried to develop any software before. "App, work!" is not how it goes. This is especially true with watch apps since it's a platform that didn't exist six months ago. You can test on simulators all you want, but it's not the real thing. Apple delayed the final OS by a few days for a bug, so why be shocked that apps aren't ready on day two?

    Have patience. I just updated 30 apps on my iPad. There's a lot of crap getting reviewed now.
  16. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Apple (and some fan site) put so much emphasis on how native apps will be much faster than non-native apps on the Watch but so far I haven't seen any significant difference on the speed. Most of the so called native apps are still quite slow.
  17. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I just checked out WebMD and Wink because I'm pretty sure they're now native. I could definitely tell a speed difference.

    A lot of issues still may be due to communication lag. I think The Weather Channel is native, but it still took a few seconds to load.
  18. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    I think my bad experience was exactly from The Weather Channel app. Not only the app loads slowly, the temperature sometimes jumps between Fahrenheit and Celcius (the TWC app on my phone uses Celcius). The complication is not that useful too.
  19. RiddlaBronc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2013
    Mcallen Tx
    I would love to have a native spotify app. That way i can actually not carry the phone on runs

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