Android Wear is Google’s nascent platform for wearable devices. Even though it carries the moniker of Google’s popular mobile platform its not exactly a port, Android Wear was built from the ground up so it doesn’t really emulate the features one would normally find on Android smartphones and tablets. One such feature is the app launcher. Right now users either have to speak out the name of the app they wish to launch on Android Wear or scroll through the entire options list just to get to the apps.
To take the pain out of launching apps on Android Wear smartwatches a new launcher has surfaced online. Its the first of its kind for Android Wear devices and it does what its supposed to do very well.
WIth a simple edge gesture all of the apps installed on the Android Wear smartwatch are displayed from where the user can easily launch any one of those apps with a single tap. No longer do users have to scroll through the entire options list.
Since this is a first effort there are likely going to be a few hiccups. People who have already tried it out complain on sluggish performance on the Gear Live and praise the consistent experience on the G Watch. The developer is looking after any bugs that might be popping up so it shouldn’t take long before Wear Mini Launcher becomes stable enough across both Android Wear smartwatches.
Wear Mini Launcher is available for download right now.
|Key Specs||Gear Live||LG G Watch|
|Processor/Soc Name||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 2-core, 1.2 GHz||Snapdragon 400, 2-core, 1.2 GHz|
|Street Price (Approx)||~ $199.99|
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|Max. Total Storage Capacity|
|Battery Capacity (mAh)||300 mAh||400 mAh|
|Complete product data||Samsung Gear Live Full specs and details||LG G Watch Full specs and details|