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Custom Watch Faces Coming to Android Wear with new API

Google had announced Android Wear platform few months back and this OS is dedicated to smartwatches. Google also announced LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live at the Google I/O. One of the major questions about Android Wear was that whether it will support watch faces like what we see on Pebble smartwatch. Now, Google has confirmed that it is working on new set of API for Android Wear which will bring in watch faces to the smartwatches.

Google has confirmed that they are tweaking the API to accommodate these watch faces which will make customizations of Android Wear possible similar to Android smartphone platform.

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Here is the original post by Wayne Piekarski, a Google Senior Developer Advocate:

Customization has helped Android thrive, and the same will be true for Android Wear. And to make sure that you’re able to create the richest experience possible, we’re hard at work on a custom watch face API.

Custom watch faces are activities running inside another process. However, they have some special considerations due to interactions with the stream and always-on ambient mode–including using a shorter peek card, moving the status indicators for battery and mute, and rendering the faces differently in ambient mode. Right now, without an official API, making a really great watch face currently takes a fair bit of tweaking.

We are working to make this as simple as possible for you so that it’s easy to make good-looking faces that work well across multiple form factors, conserve battery, and display the user’s card stream nicely. Some of these changes won’t be ready until we migrate Android Wear to the Android L release later this year, but don’t fret: they’re coming!

Google also suggested developers not to publish the apps with these watch faces to the Google play store unless the API if officially out.


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