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Creating Custom UIs for Wear Devices

Dependencies and Prerequisites

  • Android 4.4W (API level 20) or higher on the wearable device

User interfaces for watch apps differ significantly from user interfaces for phone apps. Watch apps should follow the guidelines on the Android Wear design site and implement the UI patterns on that site, which ensure the following:

This lesson provides information about creating attractive, custom UIs, including custom notifications for your watch apps.

Note: We recommend using Android Studio for Android Wear development, as it provides project setup, library inclusion, and packaging conveniences. This training assumes you are using Android Studio.

The Wearable Support Library, which is part of the Google Repository in the Android SDK, provides classes that help you implement UI patterns and create layouts that work on round and square Android Wear devices.

Note that the following classes in the Wear support library are deprecated in Wear 2.0:

Lessons

Defining Layouts
Learn how to create layouts that look good on round and square Android Wear devices.
Creating Lists
Learn how to create lists that are optimized for wearable devices.
Showing Confirmations
Learn how to display confirmation animations when users complete actions.
Exiting Full-Screen Activities
Learn how to implement the long-press-to-dismiss UI pattern to exit full-screen activities.
Using the Wear UI Library
Learn how to use the Wear UI Library in your user interfaces.
Wear Navigation and Actions
Learn how to add interactive drawers to your Wear app.
Multi-function Buttons
Learn how to retrieve available multi-function buttons on a device.
Rotary Input
Learn how to add rotary input support to your app's scrollable views.
Creating Input Method Editors
Learn how to support input methods beyond voice.
Using Wrist Gestures
Learn how to enable user interaction with wrist gestures.
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