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Little Worlds Turns the Moto 360’s Flat Tire Into Something Fun

If you were looking for the #1 criticism of the Moto 360, it would without a doubt be the “flat tire” that sits at the bottom of its screen. The “flat tire” of course, is in reference to the black area at the bottom of the watch’s face that hosts display sensors, which allow it to auto-adjust brightness. Motorola chose to include this area, because they wanted to make a watch that had as little bezel as possible. If they didn’t go this route, they would have created something similar to the king of bulk and bezels, aka the LG G Watch R. Sure, the watch would have had a fully rounded display, but again, it wouldn’t look as nice as it does.

Still, some can’t “unsee” the flat tire. If you are in that boat, then might I suggest you check out a watch face app called, well, Watch Face. The full name of the app is actually “Watch Face – Minimal & Elegant,” but we are pointing it out today because it was recently updated to include a new featured called Little Worlds that aims to put to use that flat tire area. 

Little Worlds are as the name suggests, representations of little worlds that utilize the black space at the bottom of the watch to show silhouettes. It could be a silhouette of a city or the moon or even something as random as Mario jumping over a block. If you take a look at the image above, you’ll see that I set one up with a mountain scene. Below, you’ll also see New York and Egypt. Cool, right?

The rest of the watch face app is filled with additional settings from color changes to gradient adjustments and font or glowing effects. You have to like the style of it, though, which includes a scrolling hour and minute time, as that layout is the constant here. If you don’t mind the layout, then I think you will really enjoy all of the different items you can tweak here, including this new Little Worlds section.

To set it up, you’ll have to first install the app. Once you have done that, enter your Android Wear app, open the watch faces area, and look for “Minimal & Elegant.” Once you have tapped on it twice to enter the app’s settings, you’ll find all of the options located under grey panels. In the Little Worlds section, there are a bunch of pre-loaded options, but there are instructions for loading up additional Worlds that have been created by community members. Take my advice and go check out the community – people are creating all sorts of goodies.

Let’s see you do that, Apple Watch.

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Cheers Eric!
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  • Utsav Shrestha

    And this..

    • Picaso86

      F**K Real Madrid!!!! Barcelona all the way!!! 🙂

  • Utsav Shrestha

    Made this custom watchface by taking hint for Little World..

  • TylerChappell

    Brilliant idea (surprised this didn’t exist sooner). Awesome dev. Buying it.

  • Heartless12


  • Already bought!

  • WhoaManWtF

    This is sweet, bought it immediately!

  • Artune

    Pretty cool, I’ll pay a dollar for it with no problem

  • TechGuy22

    funny just got mine today. it arrived like 3 hrs ago lol
    gonna try this

  • BoFiS

    This is a really smart idea, though I guess anyone could put a lil scene at the bottom of a watchface to accomplish this now, like in Facer

  • If only it didn’t have that IMAP soc…. :le sigh:

    • gallen408

      Surprisingly it hasn’t bothered me at all. It’s very rare that it stutters for me and I easily get all day battery life.
      I haven’t had any purchasing regrets since the first update. Once that god awful battery life was fixed it was a keeper.
      Definitely a great buy at $165

    • TenshiNo

      It’s “OMAP” and who cares? It’s not like the watch is slow, and it can easily go 36+ hours on a charge. It’s silly to discredit (or celebrate) a device based on on-paper numbers alone.

      • IMAP… OMAP… UMAP… ThereAMAP… everywhere a *MAP *MAP. Olde McDonald had a precessor e-i e-i oh & all that.

        • TenshiNo

          Congratulations on a well thought out reply that actually backs up your original point.

          • I think everyone missed that I was using the sarcasm font.

          • TenshiNo

            Sorry, I guess I was a bit snarkier than was really called for.

        • yankeesusa

          Have you even tried it? I tried zen watch, sw3 and moto 360 and came back to moto 360. It’s a watch, not a full fledged phone.

  • WCM3

    What am I doing wrong? I see all the NY, Sydney, etc but I can’t seem to get the skylines on my watch. What’s the trick?

    • Josh Shaw

      All the way at the bottom click the “little worlds” rectangle ONCE!! then scroll down.

      • WCM3

        You the man! Swear I clicked that and it opened some app in Google Play. Thanks dude.

  • King Lo

    I bought it just because I love the idea. I have no plans on using it.

  • ETPhoneHomeT

    Most creative and responsive developer I’ve ever been acquainted with. Always coming up with great innovations. Check out Flip Clock Watch Face too, another good one!

  • hackthis02

    Bought it solely for the flat tire support.

  • legalkill
  • BlaqNBlu

    I would love an analog option for this.

  • Raven

    I will definitely check it out, but I don’t really care for the actual faces pictured above. Now, if he could figure out a way to make an app that just overlayed ANY watch face I would gladly pay triple what he is asking.

  • mcdonsco

    Meh, I prefer faces that don’t make it completely obvious that its a screen.

    But good job making use of the black bar.

  • David

    Just bought it!

  • guest

    “Let’s see you do that, Apple Watch.”

    But, Apple watch sold 1 million on day one, more than 1 year sales numbers of all Android wear watches..

    • sirmeili

      But, those are estimates and not released numbers, right?

    • raven myers

      Doesn’t make them better, just better known Lol

    • trixnkix637

      Proving the phrase… There’s a sucker born every minute.

    • hastagRight

      estimate not official

    • TenshiNo

      First, we don’t know how many Apple Watches were sold yet. The math they used you guess that number is a little suspect, and I find it odd that Apple themselves isn’t saying. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to find out that it was more than that. Apple does engender fierce brand loyalty among their consumers, along with a level of trust that, if it’s made by Apple, it will be perfect. That said, I’m more curious how many will be returned, after all the reviews talking about how hard the watch is to use.
      Second, no Android Wear watch has been on sale for a year. The G Watch and Gear went on sale late last summer and the Moto360 (which is the model many people were holding out for) didn’t go on sale until October.
      Not really a “contest” between who sells more. The Apple Watch is completely useless if I’m not going to switch to the iPhone, and I don’t see the Apple Watch being able to do anything that any Android Wear watch can do, and at considerably lower cost and better battery life.

  • Will

    I very much enjoy my G Watch R, thank you. This is pretty neat though.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well, from the description in the play store, you can use it on any android wear device.

      • Will

        I was referencing the small jab they took at it regarding the bezel size. 😉

  • kixofmyg0t

    Bought this a few days ago. It’s the only watch face that I liked better than the stock “Rotate” face.

  • hastagRight

    now that flat tire is not an issue at all

  • cjohn4043

    My question is how much does this drain battery life? I tend to stick with the stock ones just because of the longer battery life.

    • erikiksaz

      Not much now that the watchfaces have their own API and aren’t hacks. I use one with a smooth second hand and battery life is more or less the same.

  • MReprogle

    Looks awesome, and there are a TON of cities and random scenes that you have to choose from. Definitely worth more than $.99

  • eric

    he must have his fingers crossed for the 2nd gen to have the same flat tire :p

    • Nikuliai

      It will, it’s kind of confirmed already

      • rickneworleansla

        Something from Motoroal / Lenovo? Source? I’ve seen the conflicting pics and so called “leaks”.

    • ddh819

      even if it doesn’t this could add it artifically

  • matt

    This is another reason to just love Android. You can have a problem like the flat tire that bothers so many people and a dev can come up with a fix that makes the most out of it and kinda makes it cool.

  • Paul

    I would always incorporate the black area in watch faces I’d make on Facer by somehow fading the black into mine, but this is a very clever way of doing it!

  • Bane

    Awww…now I want to get a 360 again.

    • Laszlo Boocz

      Now is the time!

      • hastagRight

        for $165

        • JD_26

          or 100 with the best buy deal

          • Sam Paasch

            I must have miss the details of the $100 deal. Can you share a link?

          • JD_26

            google moto 360 best buy deal

    • Dennis Quaid

      You’re a monster. How could you hold the entire city of Gotham hostage like that? It’s anyone’s guess who you can stand to live with yourself.

    • JonathonFlores

      I have moto credit. Too bad they still sell it for full price on the Motorola website.

    • yankeesusa

      Yea, i sold my 360 and tried the zen, came back to the 360 and even with flat tire and all it’s by far my favorite. Tried the sw3 also and moto 360 to me is a better fit. I wouldn’t pay $249 for it but at $165 with free shipping you can’t go wrong.

  • BensBurgers

    Love it. I wish more designers would incorporate the black bar into their designs.

  • Genius.

  • DanWazz

    Been using this watch face for a while. Awesome they added these features and that they ate getting some DL love.

  • yankeesusa

    That is pretty cool. Yea the flat tire could have been avoided but who cares, it’s still a great watch and after a while you don’t even notice it.

  • Cameron Wright

    Heck I’ll buy this just to support him. Don’t even own a Moto 360.

  • MichaelFranz

    surprised this wasnt thought of sooner…..You’re sitting on a GOLD MINE TREBEK!!!!

  • Kodos

    Very nice!

  • Suicide_Note

    That is pretty bad-ass right there. Hell, I’ll buy this and I don’t even have a Moto 360.

    • Miguel

      I have the Moto360 and I’m buying for use and support.

    • JD_26

      True .. now this is (Software) Innovation ! 🙂

  • Will ⚽

    Great developer always posting updates, definitely worth $0.99.

  • Mark

    Very nice, i am in.

  • Brandon Miller

    Wow, that’s an awesome idea. Really well done.

  • Mike Aurin

    Beautiful idea

  • That’s a neat idea!