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Third-Party Developers Can Now Create Custom Tiles On Google Wear OS



Google announced that it would now allow third-party developers to create custom Tiles on its Wear OS smartwatches.

This would allow users to have various Tiles to select from.

The Tiles added to the smartwatches were either from the manufacturers or Google itself, making it limited.

However, with the jetpack Tiles library introduced by Google, more Tiles would be available from non-developers (third-parties).

The library would enable the developers to create custom Tiles on Wear OS smartwatches.

This would be available to users when the Wear OS corresponding update takes place in spring.

Why/how it started

Tiles were designed for many cases like tracking users’ daily progress, starting a song, starting a workout, seeing notifications quickly and sending messages to friends.

It makes everything faster, easier and focuses on users immediate needs.

Rather than opening an app to get information, Tiles makes users access apps easily.

However, if a user is interested in getting more information, the user can tap on Tiles to go directly to the app.

Since its introduction in 2019, it had become one of the most useful and needed features for users of Wear OS smartwatches.

The first set of Tiles to be introduced then includes Goals, Next Event, Weather Forecast, Heart Rate, Headlines and Timer.

It allowed users to access the latest events and news faster, know the weather forecast, their heart rate, time left on their timer.

Few months after its first set of Tiles, Google removed the existing Tiles and introduced three new Tiles to Wear OS smartwatches.

They include Workouts, Weather and Breathe.

With the Tiles, users can view their workout metrics, recent workouts, weather forecast, track heart and breathing rates.

Alongside Tiles, Google introduced swipeable Tiles for Google Fit and Google Assistant on Wear OS smartwatches.

It allows a quicker way to offer information like the weather forecast or information on their fitness.

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Google introduces swiping feature

Alongside the introduction of Tiles in 2019, Google introduced a swipeable feature. Google discovered the necessity of adding swipes to its smart wears; hence, its decision.

This made users easily and quickly access anything they needed to see and do from their wrist.

The users could go left or right, trying to access Tiles of their choice.

What would this mean for Wear OS?

Interestingly, enabling third-party developers would be a favourable update for Wear OS.

Over months, Wear OS has lacked a lot of attention from its owner company; only small updates had been shared on the platform.

From now on, this might change online controversies on Google ignoring the smartwatch.

As a result of its acquisition of Fitbit,  Wear OS has not had any major update on the device.

Also, this might be another strategy to clear the doubt.

Sometime last month, Google announced to be relaunching its “Hey Google” assistant on its smartwatches, Wear OS included.

The ‘Hey Google’ feature was an existing Google assistant, too, before it suddenly went missing.

To know more, read ‘Hey Google: Google Assistant To Be Available To Users Again.’

Agbaje Naomi is a writer at Techuncode. She is a communication enthusiast who enjoys putting her heart into her work. She is versatile; she loves to know about anything possible. If Naomi is not writing she is probably watching a movie or looking for something productive to do.