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Android Wear Watch Face API Coming Soon

Perhaps Android Wear’s most important point of customization is the watch face. It’s a little surprising, then, that Wear doesn’t yet have an API for watch faces, meaning developers who have so far released custom watch faces have had to work around limitations of Wear’s most recent iteration.

That’s changing, though, perhaps not nearly fast enough. Google’s own Wayne Piekarski announced on Google+ that an official API is in the works, due out “soon.” 

That comes with a caveat, unfortunately – a number of the API’s planned features, like working across form factors and manipulating the Google card stream, won’t be available until Android L is finalized this fall.

In the meantime, Piekarski suggests that developers post custom watch faces to Google Play through Beta and Alpha channels, rather than publicly – current third-party faces tap into an unpublished API, which he suggested could break when the new API is released.

As an Android Wear user, we need more watch faces stat.

Via: +Wayne Piekarski
  • NorCalGuy

    “Soon” worst word ever in the android community

  • Hopefully the release of this API will coincide with the release of the moto 360.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Maybe this is why the 360 hasn’t been released yet? As of now, I like the experience on my G-Watch but would really like it if their were more watch faces. But when they do update and release the API I will be searching the Play Store every day for that one perfect watch face.

    • PoisonApple31

      I have a feeling they want to release it with the next Moto X.

  • Daistaar

    Where is the watch face they actually advertise in Android wear. Only I currently care about.

  • Ryan N

    It’s complete irony for me… I’d want a watch face that would count down to the release of the moto 360, but won’t have a smart watch to load the face onto until said release… *sighh*

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  • Awesome because I want to make my own watch faces inspired by some of my favorite time pieces.

  • NexusMan

    They always said watch face customization would not be available at launch but would be opened up later…which was yet another reason to add to my list of many, to patiently wait for the Moto 360.