Android Wear Collection is a Storefront for Digital Watch Faces

There may not be an officially sanctioned API on Android Wear quite yet, but that’s not stopping enterprising developers from making watch faces anyway. A few of these developers have chosen to release watch faces as individual apps on Google Play, but others have gone the “bundle” route, packaging a large number of watch faces into a single app. In terms of sheer selection, few come close to Wear Face Collection. (more…)

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.”  (more…)

Minuum Teases Keyboard for Android Wear Devices

Not content with Google Glass, the folks behind Minuum are tackling the input problem on Android Wear.

According to Minuum, “oodles” of people want a really tiny keyboard they can use on their watch, a call which the developers are pleased to answer. While the team has already revealed a prototype version of the keyboard for circular devices, a video released today shows the square design.  (more…)

First 3rd-party Launcher Released for Android Wear Smartwatches

Third party launchers are some of our favorite applications, so now that they are hitting Android Wear devices, you can imagine how excited we are. This weekend, the first custom launcher hit Google Play for Android Wear, titled Wear Mini Launcher.

With Mini Launcher, users can quickly access any application and system setting they have on their smartwatch. To access, all you do is swipe to the right from the top left corner. A semi-transparent drawer will slide out, revealing helpful shortcuts to whatever you might need.  (more…)

Google Camera Update Brings Remote Shutter Function to Android Wear Devices

A recent update to the official Google Camera app has brought new functionality to the Android Wear platform, which means your smartwatch can now act as a remote shutter button for your smartphone.

While your smartwatch won’t act as a remote viewfinder (which would be sort of awesome), you can tap on your watch to take a picture, see a countdown, and can then preview the image on the watch.  (more…)

Google Provides Workaround for Developers to Enable Paid Apps on Android Wear

Earlier in the week, developers hoping to make an early splash (and buck) on Android Wear through releases of their own paid apps ran into a roadblock. The wearable APK packaged in their paid app wasn’t able to be extracted or read by the wearable installer, so basically, paid apps weren’t working at all on Android Wear devices. As you can imagine, that’s not a good thing.

Thankfully, Google has created an official workaround that was announced late last night through their developer blog. While I’m no developer, it doesn’t look to be the most intense manual procedure, but it is a “manual” workaround that will require an extra bit of work. Google is recommending that developers move the embedded wearable APK in their apps into a new directory (res/raw) for the time being, along with an xml file that points to the location of the APK.  (more…)