Google has just unveiled its new Watch Face API for Android Wear allowing developers to create custom watch faces for the smartwatches.
Watch faces give users even more ways to express their personal style, while creating an opportunity for developers to customize the most prominent UI feature of the watches. Having a custom watchface is like having your own personalized wallpaper on your smartphone. The developers have full freedom to design whatever type of watchface they want as long as they adhere to the design guide published by Google.
There were a lot of options availible on the Play Store for Custom Watch Faces but Google is soon removing them if they do not update their apps. According to Google’s Blog post:
[quote_box_center author=””]In the few short months since we’ve launched Android Wear, developers have already written thousands of apps, taking advantage of custom notifications, voice actions, and fully native Android capabilities. Thanks to you, users have infinite ways to personalize their watches, choosing from six devices, a range of watch bands, and thousands of apps. With support for custom watch faces launching today, users will have even more choices in the future. These choices are at the heart of a rich Android Wear ecosystem and as we continue to open up core features of the platform to developers, we can’t wait to see what you build next.[/quote_box_center]
Google has also released a ton of new watch faces onto the Google Play Store. An OTA Update has been promised for current Android Wear user and they will be getting the latest watchfaces as and when they start rolling out.
Read More at Watch Face API Now Available for Android Wear [Android Developers Blog]
Watch: An Introduction to Watch Faces for Android Wear by Timothy Jordan