Google simply began rolling out Android Put on 2.eight previous this month, however it is already speaking about Put on 2.nine. Just like the final replace, this one is not making massive adjustments to the character of Put on. It does, on the other hand, come with a couple of new choices for notification counters to your watch face and a few adjustments to the best way builders maintain headaches.

Beginning in Put on 2.nine, a dot-style indicator (which used to be not obligatory ahead of) shall be displayed by means of default on the backside of watch faces to signify you’ve unread notifications. Builders can customise the colour of this indicator if the usual white colour does not glance excellent with an eye face. Builders can transfer the indicator off or use the counter genre, which is a extra attention-grabbing choice. The counter seems on the best of the watch face within the “machine tray.” There is additionally reinforce for appearing the counter in a customized location.

The opposite trade detailed by means of Google is an growth to the ComplicationDrawable elegance. It is a bit within the weeds for customers, however builders will need to be mindful. In v2.nine, headaches will ask for permissions when decided on from the settings (no customized code is wanted anymore). There is additionally a brand new function to attract watch faces extra successfully once they comprise massive pictures or icons.

That is all a part of the brand new SDK 2.2.zero, so builders can start trying out presently. It contains the general Android Put on Oreo emulator, which can take time to hit units.


According to a new support page, Android Wear 2.9 is rolling out now. As long as your watch has some version of Android Wear 2.0, you should get it at some point (Oreo is not a requirement).