android-wear-apiIt is now official – the Android Wear Watch Face API is now available if you so happen to be a developer. After all, variety is the spice of life, and with the ability to be able to enjoy various watch faces on your smartwatch, you will have a greater degree of flexibility to express yourself – not to mention being able to have a different “watch” for various occasions – all without having to fork out insane amounts of money for different timepieces. After all, watch faces have been one of the most requested feature from both users and developers.

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Of course, before one can actually get started, one would first need to read up on Designing Watch Faces before checking in with the Creating Watch Faces training class. There is a WatchFace Sample that is available online, while the Android Studio samples manager would also deliver a range of examples in order to assist budding developers to get started right from the get go.

Since watch faces happen to be services that run on a wearable app, developers can opt to offer one or multiple watch faces via a single app install – it is that easy. One can also choose to have configuration activities run on the phone or watch, allowing a user to pick between 12 and 24-hour time, or perhaps to make an alteration to the watch face’s background. OpenGL can be used to deliver smooth graphics, while a background service would open the proverbial doors to pull in useful information such as weather and calendar events. [Press Release]

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