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Not news, but it's interesting to see it quantified like this. 
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Important safety tip for Wear 2.0
 
Tip: Do not disable the "Ambient Mode" System App on Wear 2.0 devices or else...

I found out the hard way & needed to boot into recovery in order to do a Factory Reset.
Otherwise, I wasn't able to:
> pair
> access settings
> launch Apps
> change Watch Faces
> see anything but a flickering screen over a Watch Face
> connect via ADB

Thankfully I was able to boot into recovery though.
But yeah, don't do what I did.
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Not sure why you'd want to do this, but I guess it's good to know
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I'm kind of digging the look of the TerraTime Classic watch face with low-bit ambient forced on. #androidwear
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I like it !!
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Like many others here, I've been working to bring my watch faces up-to-date for Wear 2, the big change being complications. But since complications are inherently about a tie-in between multiple apps, I've felt hampered in my testing by the dearth of other apps to test against.

With the dev preview, Google has given us one complication provider (the Wear system), and two complication-displaying watch faces (Elements Analog and Digital). That's all we've got to test against. If you're building a watch face that shows complications, or a complication provider for others... Either way, it'd be nice to have a larger data set for testing: to see how your face displays a wider variety of data, or to see how your data appears on a wider variety of faces.

So I thought, why don't we devs get together, and help each other out before Wear 2 goes public? What I'm envisioning is a dev-focused repository of both complication providers, and of watch faces that show complications. Download some apps to test yours against, and add your own app for others to use in their own testing.

I've gotten it started with 3 of my own apps (2 complication providers, and 3 watch faces) and I encourage you to both download mine and add your own. Obviously, these will all be early-alpha versions, but they should be enough to give us an idea of how our apps work with something other than Google's examples.
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Complications Dev PreviewThis is a forum for Wear 2 app devs to cooperate in testing watch face complications. The idea is to give us a larger base of apps to test our own against. If you're an Android Wear dev, working to make your app compatible with the Wear 2 complication spec, add your app here - and download some other apps for your own testing, from the responses at https://goo.gl/Cmr615 If your app is both a watch face and a complication provider, please enter i...
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+Sterling Udell Great idea! Now I'm on my way to implement Android Wear 2 complications, but they are not ready yet. Maybe we should create private community for only Android Wear Watch Face developers?
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Good to know.
Now you just have to find a helipad. And a pilot. And a hangar.
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At those prices I'd take 3, except...

"The real hard part is finding a helipad. And a pilot. And a hangar. And a community that will allow for your noisy arrival."
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It would appear that Wear 2 is going to support widgets on the watch.

Last night, I tore down the latest dev preview's ClockworkHomeGoogle.apk - the "home" app on Wear that runs your watch face, shows notifications, and provides other system-level UI functions. In it, I discovered a widget chooser, analogous to what you get when you long-press on an Android phone's home screen and select "Widgets". I've confirmed that it wasn't there in dev preview 1.

Right now, it doesn't do much, just shows a blank screen with "No widgets found". And it's not just that there aren't any widgets yet; I tried installing an app with an AppWidgetProvider, and still got "No widgets found". But clearly, Google is working on building this in to Wear.

In Wear 1.x, widgets were one of the few standard Android components that was explcitily excluded from the API. Wear 2 introduced a different sort of widget in watch face complications - they're not conventional Android widgets, but they perform a similar role, allowing you to show data and access functionality from various apps on your "home screen" (the watch face). And now, it looks like we're getting old-school widgets too.

It remains to be seen, of course, how Google will integrate widgets into Wear. Will it support some sort of "home screen" that's more like what you have on a phone, rather than a watch face? Or will widgets be integrated into watch faces, perhaps as an additional complication type? Or something else entirely? We'll just have to wait and see.

But if you're a Wear dev, you might want to start thinking about whether a widget would be right for your app.
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+Ulrich Schonhardt A live wallpaper on Android Wear is called a Watch Face ;)
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They do an awesome job !! Congratulations. 
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Wait, what?
A good way to keep a secret? Hide outside the bounds of space and time.
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So I've got this domain I registered because I wanted the package name for one of my watchfaces, but I've never done anything else with it. Last night I happened to open it in a browser, and the ads which some algorithm has parked there are just... inscrutable.
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Incredible!!!
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Looking ahead to Wear 2.0: the original Wear App Manager already supports increased functionality for those of you running the Wear 2 preview! New features include:
• Uninstall apps from watch only (not the phone)
• Stop background processes on watch

These enhancements are already built in to the app that's on Google Play, so as more watches get Wear 2 later this year, the new features will automatically "unlock".
Wear App Manager runs on your phone but manages the apps you have installed...
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On the Continental Divide Trail in southern Colorado this morning. Wild flowers and far reaching views!
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I've been here several times now, for both drinks and food, and the experience has always been excellent. Beer selection is the best in the area, the menu is quite extensive, and every meal we've had was tasty and well-prepared. The only downside is that it's kind of pricey - but then, you get what you pay for.
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We've stayed here numerous times, and likely will again. It's an excellent full-service RV park, and after staying out in the more remote areas surrounding Moab, a night across the street from the brewpub can't be beat!
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Lovely little airport. Everything about it is easy and pleasant to deal with.
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Cascade Room was a great base for a stay in Ouray, very comfortable and the Inn is in easy walking distance of downtown restaurants.
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Straight up good Thai food, if a bit greasy.
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Stopped here for breakfast after an overnight stay driving through on I-80. Was immediately impressed by the selection of donuts, and the one I had (Devil's Food Glazed) was the tastiest donut I've had in a long, long time. And I eat more donuts than I should probably admit. Staff were helpful and friendly too. All around, a 5-star donut-shop experience.
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