More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Try a Few Simple Apps for the Android Wear Emulator
Sure, there aren’t actually any Android Wear devices available to consumers just yet, but here on XDA, that’s just a minor inconvenience. In the past week, we’ve talked quite a bit about Wear. We covered the platform’s launch (and subsequent creation of forums), as well as how to root the emulator, a system dump, and we’ve even a closer look at how “open” Wear really is.
However, we’re not the only ones interested in the platform. Application developers are also showing interest in the platform, and many have already begun work on applications for Google’s attempt at your wrist. The application Pocket recenlty became one of the first to add support for Wear, but independent developers are at it as well. XDA Senior Member x102x96x is one such developer.
CameraWear is a very simple application that allows you to open your default camera app remotely via Android Wear. In addition to CameraWear, the developer also created a demo application that shows off notifications on Wear. It first shows an initial notification with text. This notification can be updated along with a counter, and it can also be expanded to show a summary of the notification, actions that can be taken, and open the original notification-invoking application.
While these mini apps aren’t really inherently “useful” now, it’s fun to see development progressing for Wear. However, the real star of the show is that the developer shows users how to setup the Wear Emulator and get up and running testing Wear apps. Furthermore, he plans on sharing the source code to help others looking to break into the world of Wear.
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