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CASUALWear Watchface app template helps make custom Android Wear watchface apps easy

Android Wear is gaining momentum. For developers looking to build their own watch faces for Android Wear, there is now a template and guide on how to do it.

Published onNovember 19, 2014

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In the world of Android theming, developers like to help each other out sometimes. There is no better example than the icon pack template that is currently maintained by the1dynasty. It allows icon pack themers to focus more on their art and makes the development and distribution of it much, much easier. Now, that same kind of template is available for Android Wear watch face themers.

Adam Ouler and Daniel Ortiz have collaborated over at XDA-Developers to bring us the CASUALWear Watchface app template. The idea is to have a stable and reliable template for Android Wear watch face themers so they can create their own apps. They simply have to make the graphics, put it into the app, and rework a couple of things. Then they have an app.

In the CASUALWear Watchface thread, you can find a step-by-step guide on how to download the source code and port it into Android Studio. Adam and Daniel go a step further and explain what libraries they used along with the basic ins and outs of Android Wear development and that includes information about APIs, the difference between analog and digital watch faces on a code level, and the relationship between the mobile app and the Wear app.

If you want to see how it all works, Adam has released a reference app which you can download by clicking here and, if you want to donate, the paid version is here. It gives you an idea of what kind of stuff you can do with the template and it actually works and looks pretty good.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can find the template, instructions, source, and information in this XDA thread. We’ve no doubt that this project will lead to more (and hopefully better) watch faces in the Google Play Store and that’s never a bad thing.

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