Google talks Android Wear app design, shares new Moto 360, G Watch pics


We’re still waiting for word on when the first Android Wear smartwatches will go up for sale, but in the meantime we’ve been kept plenty busy by all the latest news and gossip surrounding the project. Just last week that included talk of a possible SIM-enabled LG G Watch, a preview of Wear notifications, and a short video demo of the G Watch in action. While that last clip was ultimately pulled, today brings us a new opportunity to check out some of this prototype hardware, while also learning a little about the Android Wear app design process.

Over at its Android Developers Blog, Google offers “An Android Wear Design Story,” detailing the experience of two Google devs as they set out to experiment with creating a Wear app. Targeting both the G Watch and the Moto 360, we hear about what it’s like to configure the same UI for not just different resolutions but different screen shapes, taking full advantage of the circular display on the 360.

Speaking of that, we haven’t had that many opportunities to check out the 360 so far, with the G Watch being by far the more camera-friendly of these Wear models, and seeing it like this sure makes its face appear a bit on the large side. We’re not sure if that’s a consequence of this being a prototype model, and it’s not that it necessarily looks bad in this case, but we’re already fearing how oversized it may seem on a much more slender wrist. Maybe we’re just getting ahead of ourselves, and should wait to go hands-on with both smartwatches before passing judgment.

Source: Google

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