1. lackster2's Avatar
    In the past several days since the release of watchOS2, there have been several threads asking about sports score complications. After doing a search on WatchAware, I was unable to locate a single one. This does not mean they don't exist; I just could not locate any. I was puzzled as to why. I really thought that any developer that planned to add such support to the watch would have the complication feature ready to go as soon as watchOS2 was released. This caused me to think about complications a little more in-depth.

    Is this a hard thing to do? I do not write code and thus am not a developer. I thought that surely one of the major sports networks would take this on as an added feature for us watch users. Is anything like this offered in the Android Wear ecosystem? (I haven't looked). Do the promulgation of sports scores fall under certain rules imposed by the major sports authorities?

    Another thing that occurred to me was the fact that a complication only allows a finite amount of data in a space tightly regulated by Apple. Depending on which watch face is selected, there are limited amounts of space to present sports data. For example, the circular fields would probably be excluded just by their size. But the largest point that occurred to me is something else that has drawn a lot of attention lately: Ads.

    Advertising displayed on the iPhone screen, and even on the full watch screen is certainly one source of revenue for the purveyor of said information. And I haven't even begun to think how the ad blockers now allowed in iOS9 will impinge on those two forms of display. But when you look at a complication, things get complicated.

    Let's say you have just one favorite team. You would make that your primary selection from a list, and any other team engaged in play with them are also displayed. Now, if you tap on the score complication, that opens the full screen app, at which point advertising could occur prior to or simultaneously with additional game information. But what if you're a true minimalist, and never delve into the full app beyond the scores displayed via the complication? True, you would probably be in the minority of such fans, but you would be getting information without the 'penalty' of advertising.

    There are certainly ways to rectify this, such as a ! symbol displayed at the start of a game requiring you to open the full app X number of times during play. Or they could choose to go a subscription route, charging an in-app purchase per season.

    Perhaps I'm reading too much into this and we will be flooded with sports score complications in the coming weeks.

    Your thoughts?
    Last edited by lackster2; 09-27-2015 at 03:58 AM.
    09-27-2015 03:42 AM
  2. iEd's Avatar
    It's possible the Sports app devs are figuring how they want to do complications. Maybe they have and there will be a update today.

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    09-27-2015 03:54 AM
  3. HankAZ's Avatar
    I am sure that they will come in time. The problem is, I want them now.

    I'd also like to see a new watch face or two that has larger areas for complications. For example, the Modular face has zones for 5 complications, but only one is large enough to display more than a battery meter, or a temperature. I previously had the large area set to my next calendar event, but replaced it with the Dark Sky complication... but now my "next calendar event" is a tiny icon for a calendar and a time. I could easily live with a modification to the Modular face to combine the three tiny complication zones across the bottom into a larger complication zone for something more useful.

    So with the current limitations with the number and size of complication zones on the watch faces, it forces the developers to squeeze significant meaningful data into a very small space, or fight with things like weather and calendar schedules for the bigger complication zones.

    Hopefully there are sports score complications in the works that can live with the currently limited real estate... but rotating through even 4 or 5 scores could take 5-6 seconds... and who only follows one team these days, anyway?
    09-27-2015 08:37 AM
  4. fkpalm's Avatar
    Mlb has a sport complication only one that I know. Sports alert is looking into it hopefully by end of year. I am like you I want it now.
    10-06-2015 03:26 PM
  5. lackster2's Avatar
    Mlb has a sport complication only one that I know. Sports alert is looking into it hopefully by end of year. I am like you I want it now.
    Great! Can you post a watch screen shot showing what the MLB complication looks like? Thanks.
    10-06-2015 09:35 PM
  6. fkpalm's Avatar
    Why no sports score complications?-imageuploadedbyimore-forums1444187557.952850.jpgClick image for larger version. 

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    10-06-2015 10:13 PM
  7. lackster2's Avatar

    I like it! However we're towards the end of the season, so I'll probably wait until the spring to sign up, especially since my team (the Braves) probably won't see any post season play. I noticed MLB has a monthly fee or a seasonal fee. Which did you sign up for, and is one cheaper than the other? Thanks again.
    10-07-2015 01:08 AM

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