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Wear Watchface

Create applications for Wear OS by Google smartwatches.
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October 5, 2022 1.1.1 - - 1.2.0-alpha03

Declaring dependencies

To add a dependency on Wear, you must add the Google Maven repository to your project. Read Google's Maven repository for more information.

Add the dependencies for the artifacts you need in the build.gradle file for your app or module:


dependencies {
    // Use to implement wear watchfaces
    implementation "androidx.wear.watchface:watchface:1.2.0-alpha03"

    // Use to implement wear watchface complications
    implementation "androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-complications-data-source:1.2.0-alpha03"
    // (Kotlin-specific extensions)
    implementation "androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-complications-data-source-ktx:1.2.0-alpha03"

    // Use to implement a watchface style and complication editor
    implementation "androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-editor:1.2.0-alpha03"

    // Can use to render complications.
    // This library is optional and watchfaces may have custom implementation for rendering
    // complications.
    implementation "androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-complications-rendering:1.2.0-alpha03"


dependencies {
    // Use to implement wear watchfaces

    // Use to implement wear watchface complications
    implementation "androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-complications-data-source:1.2.0-alpha03"
    // (Kotlin-specific extensions)
    implementation "androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-complications-data-source-ktx:1.2.0-alpha03"

    // Use to implement a watchface style and complication editor

    // Can use to render complications.
    // This library is optional and watchfaces may have custom implementation for rendering
    // complications.
    implementation "androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-complications-rendering:1.2.0-alpha03"

For more information about dependencies, see Add build dependencies.


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Version 1.2

Version 1.2.0-alpha03

October 5, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.2.0-alpha03 is released. Version 1.2.0-alpha03 contains these commits.

New Features

  • No new features, but we have fixed a couple of watch face editor bugs.

API Changes

  • Deprecated UserStyleSchema.userStyleSettings as rootUserStyleSettings become non-experimental (Ie96e3)
  • Move rootUserStyleSettings out of experimental (I8d6b3)
  • We've marked WatchFaceColors as experimental because it is not supported by all systems (I6d75d)
  • Expose DisconnectReasons in the public API to make it work withIntDef. (I791f8)

Bug Fixes

  • Close any open on watch editor if SysUI dies. If SysUI dies and the on watch face editor doesn't close, the watch face could be left in an inconsistent state because the system relies on SysUI to persist any user style changes.(ba762a
  • Fix a memory leak in ComplicationDataSourceInfoRetriever, where a kotlin coroutine continuation was acting as a gc root and retaining the editor activity.(33ee06)

Version 1.2.0-alpha02

September 21, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.2.0-alpha02 is released. Version 1.2.0-alpha02 contains these commits.

New Features

  • Some watch faces have configuration outside of the UserStyle that affects it visually, (e.g. selecting a background photo). We’ve added Renderer.sendPreviewImageNeedsUpdateRequest which allows the watch face to request an updated preview image. Note this requires a corresponding system up date to work.

  • We’ve also added an API for watch faces to expose their colors to the system which may choose its color palette based on this. Note that this has been made experimental in a follow on patch.

  • Just about every type of ComplicationData now supports SmallImages.

API Changes

  • Wallpaper manager can sometimes detach from an engine and make another. We've added a DisconnectReason int def and extended ClientDisconnectListener with a new method which includes a DisconnectReason, allowing the listener to observe engine detaches. (I45cce)
  • Added two optional parameters nameResourceId and screenReaderResourceId to ComplicationSlotOverlay constructor (I157e8)
  • We've added a guava wrapper for the new overload of getOrCreateInteractiveWatchFaceClient with a PreviewImageUpdateRequestedListener. (Ic31f0)
  • We've added Renderer.sendPreviewImageNeedsUpdateRequest which is useful for watch faces that have state outside of the UserStyleSchema which affects the way they look (e.g. a watch face with a selectable background image). On the client side we've added PreviewImageUpdateRequestedListener as an optional parameter to getOrCreateInteractiveWatchFaceClient to observe these requests. (Iff44a)
  • We've simplified the API for exposing WatchFaceColors, now there's a simple property called watchFaceColors on the Renderer which the watch face can set, this should be updated as necessary in response to any style changes. Instead of using WallpaperManager to observe color changes, we've added OnWatchFaceColorsListener to InteractiveWatchFaceClient. (I490bc)
  • We've added a WatchFaceColors class which holds the three most prominent watch face colors and added open methods watchfaceColors & notifyWatchFaceColorsChanged to the Renderer, these allow the system to obtain the colors of the watch face via WallpaperManager.getWallpaperColors. (I3d611)
  • ShortTextComplicationData, RangedValueComplicationData, NoPermissionComplicationData (and experimental DiscreteRangedValueComplicationData, GoalProgressComplicationData and WeightedElementsComplicationData) now all support SmallImages. If a watch face chooses to render a complication with multiple colors, it now has the option to use a multi-colored SmallImage where previously it would have had to use a monochromatic image. (I257df)
  • Refactor PreviewImageUpdateRequestedListener to be a Consumer<> instead (Ia875d)
  • Replace custom Single Abstract Method (SAM) type OnWatchfaceColorsListener with generic Java SAM type (Consumer) (I0c489)
  • We've deprecated the old getOrCreateInteractiveWatchFaceClient and listenableGetOrCreateInteractiveWatchFaceClient methods that don't specify a PreviewImageUpdateRequestedListener. (Iec502)

Bug Fixes

  • DisconnectReason.BINDER_DIED has been renamed to DisconnectReason.ENGINE_DIED. (I4eb0e)

Version 1.2.0-alpha01

August 10, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.2.0-alpha01 is released. Version 1.2.0-alpha01 contains these commits.

New Features

  • We’ve added experimental support for various new complication formats. This is an area of active development; these new formats are subject to change without notice and currently there’s no renderer support from CanvasComplicationDrawable.
  • We’ve also added optional margins to complication slots which make small complications easier to tap on.

API Changes

  • The experimental BoundingArc class is now immutable. (If624a)
  • Small complications can be tricky to tap on. To help mitigate this, we've introduced support for margins which increase the tappable area without affecting rendering. Unless specified (either in code or via XML) ComplciationSlots have zero sized margins. (I14089)
  • Changed getComplicationSlotInflationFactory(CurrentUserStyleRepository) signature to return a non-null factory instance. It was an error to return null before, so this is just making the API contract clearer. (I0fcc0)
  • We've added currentUserStyleRepository argument to the WatchFaceService.getComplicationSlotInflationFactory method to be consistent with createComplicationSlotsManager. (I2ddd2)
  • UserStyleFlavors have become non-experimental feature. (I69cdc)
  • We have removed the experimental ValueType from RangedValueComplicationData and instead introduced experimental DiscreteRangedValueComplicationData which is like RangedValueComplicationData except for integer range & value. We've also introduced experimental GoalProgressComplicationData which is similar to RangedValueComplicationData except it's for progress towards a goal where min implicitly is zero, and the value is allowed to be larger than targetValue. Note for all RangedValue variants at least one of monochromeImage, text or title must be specified. (I9590c)
  • We removed boundsWithMargins from ComplicationSlotState because system software doesn't have a use case for it. (I42e26)
  • We've added experimental support for WeightedElementsComplicationData which consists of an array of Elements (pairs of weight and color) along with optional text/title/image. These might be displayed as a pie chart where the colors need to be meaningful given the context, since there typically isn't room in a complication to render labels. (I87eea)
  • The experimental ColorRamps optionally used by RangedValueComplicationData and GoalProgressComplicationData now allow you to specify a sequence of up to seven colors and a flag stating whether the colors should be smoothly tweened or whether equal sized solid steps of color should be rendered. (I9f5bf)
  • RangedValueComplicationData.drawSegmented has been changed to valueType which is an int with a corresponding ValueType IntDef which provides semantic meaning to the ranged value and may be used by the complication renderer to influence styling. (I0616b)
  • We've added experimental support for optional ColorRanges to RangedValueComplicationData. Normally complications would be rendered in colors of the watch face's choosing, but sometimes the ComplicationDataSource is best placed to set the colors e.g. when they have a particular semantic meaning. E.g. red to blue for temperature. (I5153a)
  • We've added an experimental drawSegmented hint to RangedValueComplicationData. This signals renderers to draw the ranged value indicator with segments, where 1 segment = 1 unit. (I7d7c1)

Bug Fixes

  • We've added the ability to define ComplicationSlotBounds relative to a predefined screen coordinate system. (I0985d)

Version 1.1

Version 1.1.1

August 10, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.1.1 is released. Version 1.1.1 contains these commits.

  • This is a bug fix release and users of version 1.1.0 are strongly encouraged to upgrade.

Bug Fixes

  • Watch face initialization is asynchronous and if a complication is received before the watch face is ready it gets put on the pendingInitialComplications list and is applied later. Unfortunately pendingInitialComplications was applied too soon which meant there was a window of time during watch face initialization where complications would still get put on pendingInitialComplications and be ignored. This has now been fixed. In addition This patch fixes a bug where ComplicationRenderer was wrongly trying to load placeholders asynchronously, which failed leading to the compilation graphic never updating. Finally this patch fixes a hopefully theoretical bug where multiple pendingInitialComplications need to be merged. (0d03ba3)

  • Fix potential deadlock in InteractiveInstanceManager where getExistingInstanceOrSetPendingWallpaperInteractiveWatchFaceInstance was holding the lock longer than necessary. Usually we'd expect engine.setUserStyle to be quick but if for some reason it's not then we could end up with a deadlock/ANR. This patch moves unnecessary work out of the lock, removing the potential for a deadlock.(5a2adca)

  • Fix several issues that retained WatchFaceService. The WakeLock can sometimes retain the WatchFaceService, adding a release() call fixes this. Also the StateFlows can retain WatchFaceService, canceling the underlying CoroutineScopes fixes that.(fd48138)

  • Add timeouts to awaitDeferredWatchFace* and fix watchfaceOverlayStyle NullPointerException. In normal circumstances this shouldn't timeout including after fresh install and DirectBoot scenarios where the CPU load is high. We've also fixed a NPE if getWatchfaceOverlayStyle is called after close().(a4c3a5a)

Version 1.1.0

June 15, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.1.0 is released. Version 1.1.0 contains these commits.

Important changes since 1.0.0

Improved Editing:

  • We added support for hierarchical schemas, which allows a hierarchy of styles to be scribed by editor UIs. You can now specify separate icons for use by on watch face and companion editors.
  • There is opt-in support for multiple instances of a watch face, each instance has a unique ID available across all API surfaces.
  • You can now specify human readable names for ComplicationSlots for use in editors.
  • Experimental support for styling “flavors”, a curated selection of styles which will be visible from the companion editor.
  • When editing two instances of the watchface are loaded, it’s now possible for watchface instances to share resources, saving memory
  • When picking a complication in the on watch face editor, the current provider is now preselected.

Improved Complications:

  • You can now specify the ComplicationType for the primary and secondary data sources, giving developers more flexibility for the out of box experience.
  • We added ComplicationDataTimeline which provides a sequence of time-gated data to be delivered to the watch face which can be cached and updated automatically. For example, today's weather forecast at various times or multiple upcoming calendar events.
  • The ComponentName of the complication provider is part of the ComplicationData.
  • Complications are now cached which provides a better experience when switching between watch faces.

Other changes:

  • The UserStyleSchema and ComplicationSlots can now be defined in XML. This simplifies watch face construction and allows for faster metadata queries from the system.
  • Watch faces can now influence the colors used for rendering the system overlay.

Version 1.1.0-rc01

May 18, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.1.0-rc01 is released. Version 1.1.0-rc01 contains these commits.

New Features

  • We’ve made some usability tweaks to watchface XML support, making it easier to specify ComplicationSlotBounds and supporting references. Experimentation with edge complication BoundingArc continues, plumbing it through to drawHighlight although it’s not recommended for use at that time.

API Changes

  • We've added an experimental overload of drawHighlight which accepts a BoundingArc parameter. (I705f8)
  • Watch face XML now supports resource references. It lets you use the same constants both in XML and your code. (I3ef61)
  • We've added the ability to define ComplicationSlotBounds in center_x, center_y, size_x, size_y form. Now it is also possible to use different units (i.e. dp) using resource references. (Iace98)

Bug Fixes

  • Fix runBlockingWithTracing which was running tasks on the wrong context.(4f595fe)
  • Make BaseEditorSession.close synchronous. The problem with BaseEditorSession.close being asynchronous is that we release the ComplicationDataSourceInfoRetriever too late leading to warning spam in logcat. This was probably harmless but logcat spam is distracting and should be avoided.(35a5308)

Version 1.1.0-beta02

May 11, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.1.0-beta02 is released. Version 1.1.0-beta02 contains these commits.

New Features

  • We’ve added experimental support for new ComplicationData types, these are not yet ready for use but watch this space.

API Changes

  • We've added BoundingArc, an experimental class that describes the geometry of an edge complication slot. This has been added to ComplicationSlot and plumbed through to ComplicationSlotState and WatchFaceMetadataClient. (I61a40)
  • We've added the ability to inherit settings in UserStyleSetting XML. It lets you reduce verbosity and share a setting between watchfaces. (Ief841)
  • We have added two new experimental types of ComplicationData: ListComplicationData & ProtoLayoutComplicationData. Currently there's no rendering support for either of these types and WearOS doesn't currently recognize these types if added to a ComplicationDataSource's manifest. (I1811c)

Bug Fixes

  • Fix serialization of TimeLineEntry type. We were not serializing the TimeLineEntry type which meant cached TimeLineEntries of type NoData would be incorrectly interpreted as having the parent complication's type leading to NPEs when non-existent required fields were accessed. (55ffdf5)
  • Fix a bug where setComplicationData dropped timeline fields(fb392f5)
  • Fixes a bug where very occasionally runBlockingWithTracing would lead to an NPE(12ca62e)
  • Fixes a bug where we sometimes get ClassNotFoundException: when receiving a complication.(217942d9)
  • Fixes a bug in GlesRenderer.backgroundThreadInitInternal where it was only calling onBackgroundThreadGlContextCreated if EGL14.eglCreateContext was called. Fixes another bug where there was a visual glitch in the screenshot caused by verticalFlip.(c674ad2)
  • Fix WatchFaceService XML version check, it was loading from the wrong package.(dfa06f3)
  • Placeholder wire format now uses an inner bundle. We don't want placeholders to break existing watchfaces which might use the hidden inner a.s.w.c.ComplicationData. Previously the wire format of a NoDataComplication data stored the placeholder in the usual fields (problematic because old watch faces would render the placeholder string which isn't intended), instead we now use an inner bundle to fully isolate this.(d5e7bd2)

Version 1.1.0-beta01

April 20, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.1.0-beta01 is released. Version 1.1.0-beta01 contains these commits.

API Changes

  • Now WatchFaceMetadataClient methods (getUserStyleSchema, getComplicationSlotMetadataMap, getUserStyleFlavors) and HeadlessWatchFaceClient.getUserStyleFlavors throw unchecked RuntimeException instead of WatchFaceException. (I0718a)
  • WatchFaceMetadataClient.WatchFaceException has been moved out of the class to allow it to be reused. (I4e869)

Bug Fixes

  • WatchFaceMetadataClient will no longer crash when sent partial ComplicationSlotBounds.(Iaafd)

Version 1.1.0-alpha05

April 6, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.1.0-alpha05 is released. Version 1.1.0-alpha05 contains these commits.

New Features

  • You can now tell which data source sent a ComplicationData by inspecting ComplicationData.dataSource, some watch faces may use this to customize complication display. (I44a73)

API Changes

  • Renderer.CanvasRenderer and Renderer.GlesRenderer have been deprecated in favor of Renderer.CanvasRenderer2 and Renderer.GlesRenderer2 which support SharedAssets which are passed to the render methods. For java interop we've introduced ListenableCanvasRenderer2 and ListenableGlesRenderer2. (I31ffa)
  • Added @WatchFaceFlavorsExperimental ability to define flavors - preconfigured list of styled watchfaces (I04dd0)
  • Renderer.sharedAssets is now a StateFlow and we've removed the unused Renderer.SharedAssetsFactory (I12ac5)
  • UserStyleSchema.userStyleSettings is not deprecated anymore (Iba7e3)
  • We've added HeadlessWatchFaceClient.getUserStyleSchemaDigestHash which allows a HeadlessWatchFaceClient to avoid the relatively low overhead of passing the schema over AIDL before computing the digest hash. (I33597)
  • We've added isUserStyleSchemaStatic to WatchFaceMetadataClient which is true if and only if the UserStyleSchema can be relied on not to change unless the watch face APK is updated. (I45a3f)
  • We have added getDigestHash to UserStyleSchema which computes a digest hash of the schema. This can be used to efficiently determine if the UserStyleSchema has changed. (I2063d)
  • UserStyleSetting.OnWatchEditorData has been renamed to UserStyleSetting.WatchFaceEditorData, it contains data that's used purely by the on watch face editor. (If3afb)

Version 1.1.0-alpha04

March 9, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.1.0-alpha04 is released. Version 1.1.0-alpha04 contains these commits.

API Changes

  • Up to date ComplicationData may not always be available (e.g. expired cached ComplicationData) so we've extended NoDataComplication with an optional placeholder ComplicationData and added ComplicationText.PLACEHOLDER, MonochromaticImage.PLACEHOLDER, SmallImage.PLACEHOLDER, PhotoImage.PLACEHOLDER which are only allowed to be used inside the context of a NoDataComplicationData placeholder. If selected these placeholders are suggested to be rendered with gray boxes/arcs. (I6285d)
  • We've added ComplicationData.getNextChangeInstant which tells you the next Instant after the reference Instant at which any field of the complication may change. This is used internally to schedule frames for complication updates. E.g. if a watch face normally updates once per minute, setting the stop watch complication will cause it to update once per second. (I7ceb2)
  • EditorSession.watchFaceId can now be used on all API levels. In addition its value will now always be consistent with WatchState.watchFaceInstanceId. (I323b9)
  • The getPendingIntentForTouchEvent API is no longer necessary since the underlying issue has been fixed in the framework, so all the related APIs have been removed. Watchfaces do not need to do anything special for PendingIntents to fire, even if the home button has recently been pressed. (I1f2e8)
  • We've added RendererParameters.isForScreenShot which will be true if the render is for a screen shot. Some watch faces with animations need to know this in order to make adjustments to ensure the best results. (I96d99)
  • We've added WatchFaceExceptionReason to WatchFaceException to give some context to what went wrong. (I01d15)
  • ComplicationDataSourceService.onImmediateComplicationRequest has been removed, instead ComplicationRequest.immediateResponseRequired has been added to signal that the provider needs to respond quickly (ideally responding in < 100ms). Note this functionality is guarded behind the privileged permission. (Ie6b23)
  • Updated nullability in core and appcompat to match Tiramisu DP2 (I0cbb7)

Bug Fixes

  • Now watchface app crashes with an exception if the schema validation fails (Ia400f)

Version 1.1.0-alpha03

February 9, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.1.0-alpha03 is released. Version 1.1.0-alpha03 contains these commits.

API Changes

  • We've added experimental support for hierarchical style schemas. We've added a new property to, childSettings which is initially only used by ListOption. This allows a hierarchy of styles to be described for use by Editor UIs, the underlying UserStyle is unchanged and is still a Map<String, ByteArray>. (Iaf6f4)
  • We've added WatchFace.OverlayStyle which allows the watch face to configure the rendering of the system status overlay. (I8520d)
  • We've introduced clearWithBackgroundTintBeforeRenderingHighlightLayer a new optional constructor parameter for CanvasRenderer (default is false), if set to true then the canvas will be cleared with the background tint color. (Ie01e5)
  • Added androidx.watchface.complications.datasource.DEFAULT_CONFIGURATION_SUPPORTED metadata key which allows complication data sources to indicate they can provide a default value without any configuration (Icc0d4)
  • It's common when editing a watch face for there to be both an interactive and a headless instance. To help save memory we've introduced Renderer.SharedAssets which allows a watch face renderer to share immutable data (e.g. textures and shaders) between instances. GlesRenderer.setEglConfig and GlesRenderer.setEglDisplay are deprecated, it was never intended for these to be settable, and doing so would have led to undefined behavior. (I0d9e7)
  • We've added setNameResourceId & setScreenReaderNameResourceId (which reference string resources) to ComplicationSlot.Builder and corresponding getters in androidx.wear.watchface.client.ComplicationSlotState. This allows the system to fetch the names of ComplicationSlots for use in editors and screen readers. (If6c6a)
  • WatchfaceMetadataClient.getUserStyleSchema and getComplicationSlotMetadataMap now throw WatchFaceException instead of RemoteException. (I86f11)
  • onSynchronousComplicationRequest and related functions in ComplicationDataSourceService have been renamed to onImmediateComplicationRequest etc... (I87ba0)
  • Watch face editors have much less screen real estate than companion editors, therefore it makes sense to support different icons for on watch face editors. This patch adds OnWatchEditorData (currently containing just an icon) to all UserStyleSettings and where appropriate their Option classes. (If1886)
  • We've added @JvmOverloads to ListenableGlesRenderer's constructor for better java interop. (I2974a)

Bug Fixes

  • ListenableGlesRenderer's constructor is now correctly marked as @Throws(GlesException::class), and it is now possible to extend this class in java. (Iac6d0)
  • Fixes bug with PhotoImageComplicationData tapAction not being correctly handled (I1cc30)

Version 1.1.0-alpha02

January 12, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.1.0-alpha02 is released. Version 1.1.0-alpha02 contains these commits.

New Features

  • To aid debugging and testing, ComplicationData and related subclasses now have overridden hashcode, equals and toString methods making them easier to work with.

API Changes

  • WatchfaceMetadataClient methods once again throw RemoteExceptions where appropriate, making it easier for client code to catch errors from the watch face. (I78785)
  • ComplicationData and sub classes now have hashcode, equals and toString. (I24bc6)

Version 1.1.0-alpha01

December 15, 2021

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.1.0-alpha01 is released. Version 1.1.0-alpha01 contains these commits.

New Features

  • The UserStyleSchema and ComplicationSlots can now be defined in XML. This simplifies watch face construction. In addition, WatchFaceMetadataClient queries are faster because it doesn't need to bind to the service to get the metadata. The WatchFaceMetadataClient and ListenableWatchFaceMetadataClient are no longer experimental and will become part of the stable api. The system will be able to optionally support multiple instances of a watch face, each with distinct user defined styling options. These will be visible in the watch face picker. To opt into this a watch face must include the following meta data tag in its manifest.

            android:value="true" />
  • Some watch faces have state that’s not captured in the UserStyle, to support this and multiple instances, the watch face's instance ID is now available via WatchState.watchFaceInstanceId.

  • ComplicationData is now being cached to allow complications to be displayed immediately upon loading. Sometimes ComplicationData is cached in memory by the system and sometimes it is serialized by the watch face libraries. When serialized any associated tapAction will be lost, if this happens ComplicationData.tapActionLostDueToSerialization will return true and the watch face should render the complication differently (e.g. grayed out or semi-transparent) to signal that it can’t be tapped. The system will send updated ComplicationData with a tapAction as soon as possible.

  • Some ComplicationData shouldn’t be cached for a long time, to support this we’ve added a more general feature ComplicationDataTimeline. This can be used to provide a sequence of time-gated ComplicationData to be delivered to the watch face which can be cached and updated automatically. For example, today's weather forecast at various times or multiple upcoming calendar events. ComplicationRequestListener has been extended with a new method onComplicationDataTimeline which you can use to return this data.

  • DefaultComplicationDataSourcePolicy has been extended so you can specify the ComplicationType for the primary and secondary data sources.

  • We've added support for synchronous complication providers where the complication is updated at a higher frequency than normal, up to once per second when the watch face is visible and non-ambient. Note: synchronous complication providers may have limited usage due to memory pressure concerns.

  • The PendingIntentTapListener changes are likely to be reverted because we solved the underlying problem (it’s not possible for the watch face to launch activities for 5 seconds after pressing the home button) in the framework instead.

API Changes

  • ComplicationData.isCached has been changed to tapActionLostDueToSerialization which is more useful when determining if the complication slot should be rendered differently to signal that it can't be tapped. (I6de2f)
  • Added ComplicationDataTimeline to wear-complication-data-source. This can be used to provide a sequence of time-gated ComplicationData to be delivered to the watch face which can be cached and updated automatically. For example, today's weather forecast at various times or multiple upcoming calendar events. ComplicationRequestListener has been extended with a new method onComplicationDataTimeline which you can use to return this data. There's a new kotlin wrapper SuspendingTimelineComplicationDataSourceService for suspending data source services. (Idecdc)
  • Added PendingIntentTapListener and WatchFaceControlClient.getPendingIntentForTouchEvent. This can help watch faces that need to launch intents in response to taps to work around a problem where the framework blocks launching new activities for 5 seconds after pressing the home button. (I98074)
  • Introduced a per-watchface ComplicationData cache. The purpose of this is to allow the watch face to display last known complication data values upon loading until the system has had a chance to update them. There is a new API method WatchFaceControlClient.hasComplicationCache intended for OEMs. This may influence the system's strategy for sending complications to a watch face. In addition, ComplicationData has an isCached property and it is recommended that cached complications are rendered differently because the tapAction can not be cached and will be null in a cached complication. (I404b0)
  • The watch face's instance ID is now available via WatchState.watchFaceInstanceId. Most watch faces won't need to use this, but if there's a per-watch face state that's not stored in the Schema then this is the key to use to identify the watch face instance. To help support this you can now provide an ID when calling WatchFaceControlClient.createHeadlessWatchFaceClient. (I1ff98)
  • Extended DefaultComplicationDataSourcePolicy with the ability to set the default ComplicationTypes for the primary, secondary provider and for the fallback system provider. ComplicationSlot.defaultDataSourceType is now deprecated. (If0ce3)
  • ComplicationSlot.configExtras is now mutable and can be updated before calling EditorSession.openComplicationDataSourceChooser(). (I6f852)
  • Added WatchFace.setComplicationDeniedDialogIntent and setComplicationRationaleDialogIntent. These intents are launched to to show a rationale dialog before requesting complication permissions, and another dialog explaining that complication permission is needed when trying to edit a complication when permissions have been denied (the provider chooser will fail to open so the dialog is needed). (I3a29c)
  • The UserStyleSchema and ComplicationSlots can now be defined in XML. This simplifies watch face construction and makes WatchFaceMetadataClient queries faster as they do not need to bind to the service to get the metadata. (I85bfa)
  • Added InteractiveWatchFaceClient.supportsPendingIntentForTouchEvent so a client can determine if a watch face supports getPendingIntentForTouchEvent. (I0b917)
  • WatchFaceMetadataClient and ListenableWatchFaceMetadataClient are no longer experimental. They can be used to efficiently obtain watch face metadata, where possible without opening a binder to the watch face. (Ibb827)
  • Added support for synchronous complication providers where the complication is updated at a higher frequency than normal, up to once per second when the watch face is visible and non-ambient. To use this the provider must include a new metadata tag in its manifest and override onSynchronousComplicationRequest. Depending on the nature of the data source, it may also need to override onStartSynchronousComplicationRequests and onStopInteractiveComplicationRequests to get notifications of when the complication enters and exits interactive mode. (I8fe9d)

Version 1.0

Version 1.0.1

February 9, 2022

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.0.1 is released. Version 1.0.1 contains these commits.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixes bug with PhotoImageComplicationData tapAction not being correctly handled (I1cc30)

Version 1.0.0

December 1, 2021

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.0.0 is released. Version 1.0.0 contains these commits.

Major Features of 1.0.0

The androidx.wear.watchface package is the new recommended library for developing WearOS watch faces. It has a number of new features over the old Wearable Support Library.

  • User styling (e.g. to change the color palette, the style of the watch hands, the look of the hour marks etc) is directly supported by the library (see It’s now much easier to develop an on watch face editor using androidx.wear.watchface.editor and your watch face can be edited from the system companion app without you needing to write any extra code.
  • Best practices baked in. The library automatically generated screen reader content labels for complications (you can also add your own ones), and the framerate automatically drops when the battery is low and not charging to improve battery life.
  • Less code is needed to develop a watch face, especially for complications where a lot of the boilerplate has moved into the library.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix EditorSession.userStyle.compareAndSet (I6f676)
  • Fix very short watch face delays (Iffb97)
  • Dispatch InteractiveWatchFaceImpl.onDestroy on the UI thread (I83340)
  • Fix several problems with broadcast receivers (I7d25f)

Version 1.0.0-rc01

November 3, 2021

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.0.0-rc01 is released. Version 1.0.0-rc01 contains these commits.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix dump() (called by adb shell dumpsys) which got broken by flow migrations. (087cf9e)

  • Ensure proper ordering of writeDirectBootPrefs. We want writeDirectBootPrefs to always run after initStyleAndComplications or we risk delaying UI thread init.(37650ac)

  • Ensure Renderer.onDestroy is called. In the scenario where the renderer has been created but WF init has not completed and Engine.onDestroy is called, we need to call Renderer.onDestroy. (f9952dc)

  • Optimization/fix to isBatteryLowAndNotCharging. This patch moves the initial setup of isBatteryLowAndNotCharging earlier which means it can be done in parallel with createWatchFace. In addition we now listen to ACTION_POWER_DISCONNECTED. (ddffd80

  • InteractiveWatchFaceClientImpl.isConnectionAlive to be false after close (ab9774e)

Version 1.0.0-beta01

October 27, 2021

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.0.0-beta01 is released. Version 1.0.0-beta01 contains these commits.

Version 1.0.0-alpha24

October 13, 2021

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.0.0-alpha24 is released. Version 1.0.0-alpha24 contains these commits.

API Changes

  • Classes in package androidx.wear.watchface.complications have been moved into a new wear:watchface:watchface-complications project. Note this means you can't include this library as well as any previous alpha version of wear:watchface:watchface-complications-data because you'll get errors about duplicate classes. (I97195)
  • Renderer.dump has been renamed to Renderer.onDump and has been annotated with @UiThread. (I44845)
  • InteractiveWatchFaceClient.addWatchFaceReadyListener has been renamed to addOnWatchFaceReadyListener and removeWatchFaceReadyListener has been renamed to removeOnWatchFaceReadyListener. (I48fea)
  • EditorSession getComplicationsPreviewData and getComplicationsDataSourceInfo are no longer suspend functions, instead they are StateFlow<> properties whose value is initially null. In ListenableEditorSession getListenableComplicationPreviewData and getListenableComplicationsProviderInfo have been removed in favor of the new StateFlow<> objects from the base class. If you need to listen to changes in java code, consider using androidx.lifecycle.FlowLiveDataConversions.asLiveData to convert to LiveData<>. (Ic5483)

Version 1.0.0-alpha23

September 29, 2021

androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-*:1.0.0-alpha23 is released. Version 1.0.0-alpha23 contains these commits.

New Features

The watchface library is now a single library group, and as a result the libraries have moved and you will need to update your gradle imports as follows:

Old New
androidx.wear:wear-complications-data androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-complications-data
androidx.wear:wear-complications-data-source androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-complications-data-source
androidx.wear:wear-watchface androidx.wear.watchface:watchface
androidx.wear:wear-watchface-complications-rendering androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-complications-rendering
androidx.wear:wear-watchface-client androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-client
androidx.wear:wear-watchface-client-guava androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-client-guava
androidx.wear:wear-watchface-data androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-data
androidx.wear:wear-watchface-editor androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-editor
androidx.wear:wear-watchface-editor-guava androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-editor-guava
androidx.wear:wear-watchface-guava androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-guava
androidx.wear:wear-watchface-style androidx.wear.watchface:watchface-style

API Changes

  • Migrate the separate androidx.wear Watchface and complications libraries into androidx.wear.watchface library group. (b25f3c0)
  • Added EditorRequest.canWatchFaceSupportHeadlessEditing to let a client know if a watchface editor supports headless editing. Note there will be some false negatives with this because support was added in asop/1756809 however it will return the correct value for all future watchfaces. (ca55590)
  • Renderer now has a dump() method which can be overridden to add custom data to the information generated by ABD shell dumpsys activity service WatchFaceService. (95235f9)
  • InteractiveWatchFaceClient.addWatchFaceReadyListener now specifies the executor first. (563ac2f)
  • StateFlowCompatHelper has been removed. asLiveData (androidx.lifecycle.asLiveData) should be used instead. (bd35d3)
  • CurrentUserStyleRepository.userStyle is no longer mutable. (I44889)
  • WatchFaceReadyListener has been renamed to OnWatchFaceReadyListener. (Ic12a9)

Bug Fixes

  • InteractiveInstanceManager.deleteInstance to call onDestroy This is needed to ensure InteractiveWatchFaceImpl gets garbage collected.(fce4af8, b/199485839)