Interactive Android Wear Watch Faces Are Finally Here
Up till now, watch faces on Android Wear have been static, showing simply the time, nothing more, nothing less. But all of that changes today, as Google has announced that interactive watch faces are finally making their way to its wearable platform in the form of the Android Wear 1.3 update.
According to Google, the new interactive watch faces will add a whole bunch of variety to the overall user experience of Android Wear. For example, users can now interact with the watch face to launch apps, or even expand a certain bit of information, for instance, weather.
As of right now, there are a handful of interactive watch faces for Android Wear smartwatches. And to make things as simple as possible, Google has launched a brand new interactive watch faces section on the Play Store, making it easier for you to check out what’s on offer. Simply head over to this link for more information.
In its announcement post, Google has highlighted three new watch faces, one of which is made by Google itself. And unsurprisingly, Google’s offering takes heavy cues from Apple’s Digital Touch feature in the Apple Watch, allowing users to send small sketches to other users.
The three watch faces highlighted by Google are as follows:
Choose the info you want at a glance—from weather, to unread mail, to upcoming meetings. Want to know this afternoon’s weather forecast? Just tap on the weather complication.Advertisement
Stay motivated with fitness stats on your wrist. Tap the watch face to see your step count, calories burned, and distance.
Android Wear’s Together Watch Face lets two people stay close throughout the day by turning the entire watch face into a space for sharing. Once you’ve paired your watch face with a partner’s, you’ll be able to share things like photos and emoji, as well as your activities (like if you’re working out, on the phone, or stuck in traffic).
According to Google, the Android Wear 1.3 update is slowly rolling out to everyone as we speak, and it can take more than a while for the update to reach everyone around the globe. The search engine giant suggests a period of few weeks before the update makes it to everyone, so hang in tight.
What do you think about today’s Android Wear 1.3 update? Do you believe Google has made a late entry into the world of custom watch faces? Or is it something which should’ve been there since day one?