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Sterling Udell
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Three hurricanes lined up in the Atlantic basin. 😲 And is that another forming off Africa?
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Beautiful.

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I regret to announce that, as of today, Wearable Widgets is deprecated on Samsung Gear watches.

I know I've posted about the issues with Gear before, and unfortunately, things haven't improved. After spending quite a lot of time addressing their problem widgets, Samsung's approval team continues to find new ones. Their attitude remains, "If it doesn't work perfectly for all widgets, no updates can be released for any."

One of their latest "problem" widgets is the Samsung calendar: picking a widget which takes virtually the entire phone screen, then complaining that it doesn't scale legibly to a 360px watch screen.

The upshot is that Samsung has simply stopped accepting updates to the WW watch apps - and the corresponding reality is that I simply cannot continue to invest time into apps that will never be released. It's time to cut my losses and move on.
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This is why you buy Pixel. Less than 12 hours after the announcement.
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This is what a solar eclipse looks like in TerraTime.
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8/21/17
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Is there any chance of getting an option to disable this Data Roaming notification?

For those of us who live (or frequently travel) in marginal coverage areas, this notification gets very annoying. When you're on the edge of coverage, it's not uncommon to get this several times per minute.

Currently, the only way I've found to disable it is to turn on data roaming - which, as the warning dialog will tell you, may incur significant charges.

I'm sure that in the wall-to-wall cell coverage of Silicon Valley, Google's engineers never come across this - but for those of us in the real world, it's a real pain point.

Thanks!
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Who needs passwords when you have security questions?
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I released a minor update, v6.1, to beta on Google Play today. It's mostly about fixing some of Samsung's problem widgets, but there is one other change that I'd like feedback on: support for rotary input on Android Wear.

Right now, AFAIK there are only two Wear devices with rotary input, the new LG watches. Since I don't have one of these, I've only been able to test this on an emulator; it seems to work pretty well there, but it's the sort of thing that is probably different on real hardware.

So, if you have either the LG Style or Sport, please install this beta and post your opinion on how it works. The rotary input is used for switching between widgets, and is only supported in the interactive WW app, not the watch face.

Thanks!

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PSA: yesterday's new Android O dev preview 3 includes goodies for Wear devs.

The link in the tweet is https://developer.android.com/reference/android/support/wear/widget/drawer/package-summary.html
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Bad news, folks: Samsung has rejected the new WW clients for older Gear watches again. And I'm not sure that I'll be able to get past it this time.

The basic issue is that some widgets don't render correctly. Now, we've all known this all along, and I even say that openly in the app's description - not every widget works well on the watch. But the position of this particular tester seems to be, "Every widget must work perfectly."

This is screwed up for a whole list of reasons:

- We don't have control over the widgets. And the widgets which seem to have the most trouble are Samsung's own - it's their shoddy programming on display here.

- They're rejecting the watch apps for a problem that's actually on the phone. It is literally impossible to fix these issues from the app that's being rejected here; the watch apps simply show the widget images that they're sent from the phone app.

- They've already approved the same apps for the Gear S3, which have exactly the same issues. (See previous point.)

- The previous versions of these same apps were approved, and again, will exhibit the same issues. This means that they're denying their users a better, more stable experience of all those widgets that do work well.

- Even if I fixed all of the problems they've found with specific widgets, there's nothing to stop them finding other widgets that still don't work quite right.

- They don't even tell me what some of these widgets are. Anybody recognize that round blue-and-white one at the upper-right, for example?

And finally:

- I can't reproduce (and thus even attempt to fix) these issues without buying a more recent Samsung phone, one that includes the specific widgets they're complaining about. It might take more than one! My old Galaxy S4 doesn't show these problems, and I can't install the Samsung-specific APKs on a non-Samsung phone.


The bottom line is that the new, much-improved WW watch face is currently dead in the water for the Gear 1, 2, and S; as is the new interactive app for those same watches, plus the Gear S2. At this time, I have no plan for getting the new release out for these devices.
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