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Building Apps for Wearables

Designing apps for devices powered by Android Wear is different than designing for phones or tablets. For starters, read the Android Wear system overview and see the Android Wear design guidelines to understand the overall vision for the Wear experience.

Interaction types in Android Wear

Android Wear uses four interaction types: notifications, watch faces, native apps, and voice commands.

Notifications

Notifications display ambient, contextual data. A notification may also let the user launch your app.

Notifications can offer lightweight experiences, like replying to a message, opening a location on a map, or playing a song. There are ready-made notification templates for instant messaging, music playback, and calendar events.

notifications

Read more about designing notifications.

Watch faces and complications

Watch faces can tell more than the hour and date. By adding a gadget called a complication to the watch face, an installed app can display useful, timely information.

With a single tap on the watch face, users can open an app associated with a complication or change the look of the watch face itself, such as its color.

watch faces

Read more about designing watch faces.

Android Wear apps

Developers can create branded, engaging experiences using native Android apps. These apps can take advantage of a watch's hardware to provide on-demand experiences that are independent of a phone.

apps

Read more about Wear app components.

Voice commands

Voice commands allow hands-free interaction with Android Wear. Commands can use Google’s search services and trigger actions on installed apps.

voice commands

Read more about Voice commands.

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