Android Wear 5.0 Lollipop Update Adds Support For Customized Watch Faces, Rolling Out Now Along With Watch Face API For Developers
Google has started out the rollout for a new Android Wear update based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. The new version allows Wear users to easily download customized watch faces and switch them around on the fly.
One of the early selling points for these new smartwatches that have started flooding the market was how easy it was to personalize them. No matter which specific manufacturer or model of Android Wear device you chose, you could always make it your own with a slick, custom watch face. Whether you wanted a digital replica of those iconic watches with Mickey Mouse hands or a recreation of everyone's favorite watch from GoldenEye 007, Android Wear devices could do that. With the new update, all of this becomes possible.
On the consumer side of the equation, Android Wear early adopters can now easily download new watch faces off of Google Play, just like they would with an app. The update also applies to the Android Wear app that wearers have on whichever smartphone they've paired with their watch. This update allows users to easily find new watch faces and then switch them around at will.
For developers, the software update comes with the launch of the Watch Face API. With this new API, developers can easily make custom Android Wear watch faces. So if you're looking at Google Play right now, disappointed with the current offerings in the watch face department, give third-party developers a little time to play around with their new tools. New watch faces should be hitting the market in the coming weeks.