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. Specifically, the refreshed API can now auto-size text to fit in bounds defined by watch face makers and it includes a full rendering tool to handle style and layout factors for complications. The API adds more sample code that developers can cut-and-paste into their apps, as well as a new test suite for checking that watch faces can handle all the fields and complications together. The new Complications API is for Android Wear 2.0 and up. Google released the second-generation wearable platform earlier this year. Google also said it is offering developers a new Wear UI library for handling user interfaces. Notably, Google is killing off the card pattern and multi-directional UIs for Android Wear devices. This change will occur over time.
Apple Says iOS 12 Will Be Faster, Work Better On Older iPhones
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
Android Wear to Gain Android 8 Oreo Notification Dots
Jan 25, 2018
Google today updated the Android Wear SDK for developers and revealed several new features that are headed to its smartwatch platform later this year. Primarily, Android Wear will add a notification indicator to all watch faces.
Google Launches Android Wear 2.0
Feb 8, 2017
Google today officially made Android Wear 2.0 available to device makers and the public. The wearable platform has been in preview status since May 2016 and its release has been delayed for several months.
Google Brings Interactive Watch Faces and Translate to Android Wear
Aug 20, 2015
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.
Huawei Fit Adds Heart Rate Monitor to Honor Band Z1
Nov 3, 2016
Huawei today announced the Huawei Fit, a watch-like fitness band similar to the Honor Band Z1, but with a heart rate monitor and additional fitness functions. It's designed to work with a companion app called Huawei Wear, available for both Android and iOS.