Google Expands Availability of Watch Faces to Android Wear
Google today updated its Android Wear app for smartphones and wearables, adding a significant number of new watch faces. Google said Android Wear device owners can now download watch faces directly from the Play Store. In conjunction with the new faces, Google updated the accompanying phone app to make browsing, downloading, and switching watch faces easier. Google said the Android Wear app updates, both for phones and smart watches, are rolling out to devices slowly over the next few weeks. Last, Google today made the Watch Face API available to developers. The API gives developers far more creative control over watch faces they can design.
Google Debuts More Watch Faces for Android Wear
Google today made a collection of designer watch faces available to Android Wear devices. The faces come from designers and brands such as Ted Baker, Melissa Joy Manning, Vivienne Tam, Nicole Miller, Y-3, Mango, Zoe Jordan, Harajuku Kawaii!, and ASICS.
Google Brings Interactive Watch Faces and Translate to Android Wear
Google today announced an update to its Android Wear platform that makes it possible to interact directly with watch faces. The revised watch face code lets watch faces change their design to reveal new information, such as notifications, or launch a specific app.
Google Hopes New API Will Improve Android Wear Complications
Google today announced a new version of its Complications API for developers in order to help them create better experiences for Android Wear. Complications are dynamic data sets that appear on watch faces, such as step counts, notifications, weather alerts, and similar.
Android Wear 2.0 Adds Standalone App Support
Google today provided a preview of Android Wear 2.0, which it says was developed with end users in mind. Watch faces, for example, will be able to show data from other apps, such as fitness info.
Google Delays Android Wear 2.0 Until 2017
Google today released Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3 and also shared some details on the timing for the platform's public launch. The biggest addition to the preview operating system is the availability of the Google Play Store on Android Wear devices.