July 31, 2014 By: Samantha
Having a smart device strapped to your wrist certainly has its merits. A growing number of Android Wear apps we’re seeing now are allowing us to stay on top of many things without having to lug out our devices out with features such as Android Wear notifications, as well as perform things normally done with our phone, tablet, or even PC with apps like EchoWear Song Search.
With this said, a pretty impressive function you’ll be able to perform on your Android Wear device now includes monitoring and controlling your phone or tablet’s camera remotely from your wrist. This is possible with an app developed by XDA Forum Member wuxiekeji called Wear Camera Remote. This app allows you to see through your device’s camera lens on your watch, take a picture by tapping the watch face, and start a 5 second self-timer by long-pressing the watch face. The other great thing about Wear Camera Remote is that it’s completely open source, so you can play with the code all you want.
Wuxiekeji warns that the app is still pretty much in its very early stages, with a few bugs yet to be ironed out. However, if you would still like to give this a try, head over to the Wear Camera Remote app thread for more information.
July 28, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
TWRP has been released for Android Wear Devices such as the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the article talking about the AWToolkit that performs multiple operations on Android Wear. Also be sure the check out the article featuring the toolkit all LG G Watch owners need: the LG G Watch Tool! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan also talked about TK’s video showing you how to root the Sony Xperia Z2 and the addition of forums for the HTC Desire 610 and the LG G3 US carrier variants. So pull up a chair and check out this video.
This year’s xda:devcon 2014 is certainly shaping up to include plenty of discussions about wearables. And why not? Wearables are a big topic right now, and developers are looking into how to develop for this platform.
Today, we are happy to announce another great speaker who will be at xda:devcon ’14. A published author and researcher who has been developing wearable projects for the past 5 years together with his friends and colleagues at Malmö University and Aarhus University, Andreas Göransson will be talking software development. During the day he teaches computer related courses to both engineering and design students at Malmö University and during the evening he solves programming problems of various kinds. He is interested in open source projects and gets involved when he has a chance.
At xda:devcon ’13, published author and educator Mark Murphy gave a presentation entitled “Plugin Architectures for Android.” In his presentation, Murphy talk about how the best way to expand the capabilities of your app without impacting core functionality is to build plugins and make your app plugin-capable. Check out the video to see his presentation on this video from last year.
This year, Göransson offers up another excellent presentation talking about software development using software development kits. This time wearables will be the focus. Wearable computing is a concept that has grown popular the recent years with devices such as interactive glasses, lifelogging cameras, smartwatches, wearable sensors, and more. Since Google IO 2014, many more SDKs are available to play with, if you’re interested in the new Wear SDK this session is for you. This talk will cover SDK development including notifications, apps, design, and more.
July 26, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
It’s been a while since the first Android Wear devices hit the shelves. Many potential users are still waiting for the Moto 360, but the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are already available to purchase. Since its release, these Android Wear devices have already been rooted, TWRP recovery is available, and there are quite a few applications.
Most of the devices supported here on XDA have a working toolkit–a handy tool that usually allow rooting, installing applications through ADB, unlocking bootloader, and so on. XDA Forum Member tdiddy.2 has made a multi-platform toolkit for Android Wear devices.
The project is at an early development stage, but can already reboot the device to bootloader, recovery, and system. Users are able to take a screenshot through the ADB. And last but not least, users can also install a single or multiple applications via ADB. Hopefully, the list of supported features will soon grow, and Android Wear users will be able to perform advanced operations.
The main advantage of this tool is its multi-platform compatibility. The tool is written in Java, so you are able to run it on every OS with Java Runtime Environment installed.
If you are a happy owner of any Android Wear device such as the G Watch or Gear Live, head over to the AWToolkit thread to put your hands on the toolkit for your tiny device.
July 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
HTC One M7 and M8 Android 4.4.3 kernel source code has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the partial Android Wear Source being uploaded to AOSP and some more speakers who will be at xda:devcon 2014. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for PINshortcuts. Then, Adam Unboxed The XDA Way a Samsung Gear Live. And later, TK gave us an Android Wear App Review of EchoWear Song Search. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
July 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Yesterday on XDA Developer TV, Producer AdamOutler tore down a Samsung Gear Live. If that intrigued you to enter into the realm of Android Wear, you may need some suggestions on what apps to get. Or maybe, you want to see what apps are available before you make the leap into wearables. Well, we are here to help!
XDA Recognized Developer kevdliu offers up an application for Wear that allows you identify a song completely from your Android Wear device. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews EchoWear Sony Search. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality. He then shares his thoughts, so check out this app review.
2014 is certainly shaping up to be the year of the wearables. And thanks to its innovative interface and impressive functionality, the Android Wear platform is uniquely positioned to take this relatively young market by storm. It’s been just under one month since Google officially launched the first two Android Wear devices at the Google I/O 2014 keynote. Now, developers have something to be excited about thanks to the partial source code release to the AOSP.
OK–stop hyperventilating for a second, and re-read that last sentence and the first word of this article’s title. Much like what we saw with the Android L developer preview a couple weeks ago, this is only a partial source code release to cover the GPL projects for the currently shipping devices, the LG G Watch (Dory) Samsung Gear Live (Sprat). As explained by Bill Yi in the Android Building Google Group:
hi All,Today, we pushed a small number of GPL projects for the kitkat-wear release. The tag is android-4.4w_r1. The changes are minor since kitkat-mr2.2. We plan to do a full platform push for Android’s next milestone release.The kernel source is kernel/msm with the following branches:- android-msm-sprat-3.10-kitkat-
wear- android-msm-dory-3.10-kitkat- wearbill
In other words, this is just a partial source code release, and we won’t have the full source release until Android L later this year. As such, it’s not enough to create a full, source-built Android Wear port to existing smart watches. However, if you’ve looking to develop for the G Watch or the Gear Live, this is a great start.
Developers looking to dive in can do so in the links below!
July 15, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Android Wear devices are perfect companions for all Android lovers. A smart watch with many functions under the hood can easily relieve a smartphone from carrying out certain tasks. Some of the said functions are quite obvious, but these smartwatches can do much more than just show you the time. Watches like the LG G Watch can also inform you about what song are you currently listening to, and this can be very useful in situations like a restaurant or other public place.
EchoWear Song Search is a Shazam or Soundhound equivalent for Android Wear that was developed by XDA Recognized Developer kevdliu. The app records a segment of the song and uploads it to Gracenote for identification. After few seconds, the results comes back and you are informed about the title of the song. The application is started by voice command, so you can start it without unnecessary delay. If you are lucky, you can buy a song and enjoy a new hit on you music player.
It appears that EchoWear Song Search is one of first applications for that platform, but surely this new platform will attract much more developers in the near future and entice devs to make some really useful application.
If you have an Android Wear device on your wrist, try out kevdliu’s app by visiting the EchoWear Song Search app thread.
July 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now available for supported devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is Chromecast now being able to mirror your Android devices’ screen and what you can do with Android Wear! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for NotifyClean. Then, AdamOutler investigated Smartphone Charging. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Notific. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
The first two Android Wear devices were officially released at this year’s Google I/O keynote. And with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, Google is breathing new life into the wearables world. As expected, this watch-sized Android version has received a good amount of user and development love in the XDA forums. Let’s see what can already be achieved with just few simple steps.
To try some development goodies, you must first unlock your smartwatch. This is quite easy, and works just like on a Nexus device. You need to enter to fastboot mode and type the magical fastboot oem unlock command. After that, the doors to the development world are wide open.
If you are an LG G Watch owner, you should set your eyes to Gohma ROM shared by XDA Senior Member hutzdani. This ROM roots your device, improves battery life, and polishes some things here and there. Currently, it’s the only custom ROM available for G Watch, but soon we should see more custom ROMs coming to this small, but amazing device.
If you decided to go with the Samsung Gear Live, you don’t have quite as much development luck as G Watch owners. The device hasn’t yet been rooted, but there is a rooting thread by XDA Recognized Developer Childofthehorn with some technical information and a system dump. Hopefully, the device will be rooted soon, so that we can see more custom kernels and ROMs on the wrists of XDA members.
June 29, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Android OEM customizations like Samsung TouchWiz and HTC Sense are undoubtedly a love-it-or-hate-it affair. There are certainly users out there who care for the added features that these skins introduce. But on the other side of the coin, there are more than a fair share of users who despise the aesthetic nightmares found in some skins. What’s more, this extensive customization often (but not always) results in Android firmware update delays—and that’s if the bloated firmware doesn’t prevent updates in the first place. Oh, and let’s not forget about how these customizations result in a greater number of security vulnerabilities. READ ON »
June 19, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Google has given potential Android Wear app developers plenty of resources ever since its unveiling in March of this year. We first saw the Wear emulator around the time of the platform’s initial announcement. A couple of months later, Google showed us how to add rich Wear notifications to existing apps and gave us a few examples of Wear notifications done right. Now, Google brings us a video detailing Android Wear user interaction and how to bring Android notifications to Wear.
The video itself comes courtesy of Google Developer Advocate Timothy Jordan. It begins by covering the common pitfalls of smartphone user interaction and how Wear fixes this by reducing the time necessary to receive relevant information. Next, Jordan covers how and why the Wear interface differs from a traditional smartphone’s layout and why an app-based model doesn’t work well on a wearable. Then, the video talks about two-way interaction with Wear thanks to relevant notifications and voice interaction.
In addition to the user-facing aspect, the video also dives into Wear from a developer’s perspective. It talks about how simple notifications will simply work out of the box, with no developer modification required. This also extends to enhanced notifications with features such as music playback controls, which will make their way onto Wear without any developer effort. But in order to truly optimize Wear notifications, developers are also able to take advantage of Stacks, Pages, and Replies–all of which are covered in the video.
Are you looking forward to Android Wear from an end user perspective? Are you considering developing apps that take full advantage of the Wear platform? Let us know in the comments below.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]
May 30, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The preproduction LG Smartwatch gives an early look at Android Wear! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is Official TWRP for the OnePlus One and Sense 6 for the Verizon and Sprint HTC One M7! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for the Always Correct. Then, Jordan reviewed the dual-screen YotaPhone. Later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of WebScrapbook. Pull up a chair and check out this video.