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Wear Mini Launcher update brings a refreshed companion app and some new features
Google’s goal with Android Wear is to let you navigate through the OS with your voice, without the need to rely on touch navigation. However, sometimes its difficult to use voice navigation in certain situations. And because Google would like you to rely on your voice, it makes launching apps or performing simple tasks more difficult than it should be. Wear Mini Launcher is an app that aims to help with that problem. In fact, the app is receiving an update to version 3.0 that brings a few new features to the third party Android Wear launcher.
The biggest change in the update is the companion app, which now has its fix of Material Design. The app sports an all-around lighter color scheme, new toggles and many more enhancements. It doesn’t have a navigation drawer, so you’ll need to rely on swiping between the different tabs for navigation.
The companion app wasn’t the only thing to get an update. The developer has also added a few key changes to the launcher itself including double tap on an app to for ‘sticky’ mode, long tap an app to manage it, plus a few others. Take a look at the full changelog below:
- Material design for the phone’s app
- Double tap an app for sticky mode
- Long tap an app to manage it
- New tool: disconnection notification
- New Quick Setting to lock screen on
- New translations
Speaking from personal experience, I’d have a tough time using Android Wear without Wear Mini Launcher. If you have a Wear device, you should definitely check this out. And if you already have it, head to the Play Store link below to grab your update.