This week, Google has announced Custom Watch API for Android Wear that will allow developers to design custom faces for the smartwatches powered by Google’s new platform.
The Android Wear OS released by Google for smartwatches has several custom faces which will be displayed in the standby mode. With Google announcement, developers will be able to design custom watch faces. However, developers will be able to customize only the watch face as Google will have complete control of the Android Wear OS.
Wayne Piekarski, a senior developer at Google said in a Google+ post:
“We are working to make this as simple as possible for you that it’s easy to make good-looking faces that work well across multiple form factors, conserve battery, and display the user card stream nicely.”
The Android Wear OS was released last month, recognizes voice commands, receives notifications, sends messages and can be used to make calls from the wrist. As Android phones are highly customized giving some users a bad experience, Google wants control of the OEM’s of the Android Wear devices. Wayne added that customization has helped the company to thrive.
Users will soon be able to choose custom faces after the company releases the API along with the Android L update for the wearable device. However, Google is likely to release the feature by the end of the year after it completes its migration to Android L. Google has also explained the complex process of creating custom watch faces, but the team is trying to make it as simple as possible.
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