Android Wear – Playing With the Emulator and Download the Emulator System Dump (Video)
The next BIG thing has come to Android, announced by Google only several days back. It’s the new version of the OS designed especially for the wearable devices. With it a whole new world is open for developers and users alike. But till an actual solid implementation is made available we get a chance to take the software for a spin. More than that, courtesy of XDA Developers Senior Member Ashutos1997 deciding to make the Emulator System Dump available for everyone. But let’s see what the new OS offers shall we:
From Project GLASS to the new OS designed especially for wearables, Google decided to take the step and announce the new OS along with the Developers Tools – SDK. However the final stage of development for the new tools has not been yet reached and Google is currently offering the tools as a Developer Preview requiring sign-up on the dedicated webpage. That is so they can also get a better idea at the number of interested parties in this regard. How does the OS itself look like with this preview release? Well it’s just about all we’ve been expecting since Google Now was launched. In fact we can call it a minimised version of it, offering the most useful information and providing new just as the user requires. The means of interaction with it are via standard Touch with swipe gestures included, but also via Voice.
Designed for the small screen of Smartwatches and souch the UI thought by the software giant seems very appealing and easy to use/understand. And thanks to Zhuowei you can downloads the posted .APK for the Wear Preview Launcher to install on your Android 4.4+ (only) device and take for a spin. Please keep in mind that in this regard things are looking pretty basic in terms of features and interface, though the launcher is a pretty fast and responsive alternative for the standard interface. Moving forward we have the promised link for the Wear SDK System Dump – also in its Preview form. The SDK itself as Android Police reports allows you (among many things) to:
- scroll through your notifications by flicking up and down
- collapse multiple notifications into a more compact view
- expand some notifications, such as individual Gmail emails, by tapping the bottom part where they start to fade away
Last but not leased we take a look at the released videos for the upcoming Android Wear devices and the use of them as thought by Google.