Wear OS Custom Tiles soon – Watch Out Apple Watch Faces
It’s the ability to have more scope to curate your own watch face with widget-cum-data field snippets of information.
Google doesn’t do it well, Apple doesn’t do it well on the Apple Watch, and Garmin had it 99% covered a couple of years back.
New Wear OS feature
Information on the Android developer site shows that Google already has released early-stage functionality with online slots of newly announced functionality to help developers achieve what has for so long been lacking. Yes, custom tile creation seems to be on target for a Q2.2021 release. I suspect this will coincide with a much-awaited new chunk of features and, finally, more powerful hardware from a range of manufacturers making further use of the faster, new(ish) SnapDragon 4100/4100+processors.
Tiles are quick-access features designed to meet immediate, often repeated and straightforward needs to deliver apparently straightforward functionality. Developers are specifically guided away from turning them into countdown-type features as they otherwise become a quick way to deplete precious battery resources.
It’s easy to look at Garmin and see how widgets like the ABC on the Garmin Enduro, below, deliver near-perfect functional solutions to real-world problems for activity/sports apps. Imagine these kinds of abilities to augment the Suunto 7 experience…just sayin’