Creating A Watch Face Constructor For Customization Purpose
A wrist watch is no longer just an object to check the time anymore. Now, some watches do almost everything a mobile device does. Mobile app development and Android app development have largely contributed to this evolution. These watches are known as ‘watch face,’ maybe because it’s just the face that performs these beautiful tasks. With a watch face, a user can keep reminders, read the news or messages, among other things, in addition to telling the time.
Now, just like every other thing, watch faces are bought depending on the taste of the user. An American is unlikely to get a watch face that has the flag of another country on it. This is where watch face constructor comes in. As the name suggests, prospective users can customize their watch faces to their taste. App developers made this app, for users to choose whatever kind of watch face they want.
How Does A Watch Constructor Work?
When a user wants to customize their watch face, they go to the constructor app, choose the specifications they want, and when they are done, they pair their device to the watch face and share.
Features that can be found on a watch face constructor app includes features that;
i. Changes the type or position of watch hands
ii. Customizes the size or style of fonts
iii. Changes the images or colors on the background to the user’s preferred taste
iv. Tweaks the tiny details to suit them
These are a few of the several things a user can do using the constructor app.
How Is a Watch Face Constructor Made?
For an app developer to start the creation of a watch face constructor app, they have to make a configured declaration screen and integrate it into a file called AndroidManifest.
After this, an algorithm for connection should be made. This would enable the user to pair the mobile device and watch face when the app is completed.
Below, an overview describing how to create the connection is given.
First, an intent is created and this retrieves files out of external storage. After this, ‘GoogleApiClient’ is initialized. Next, some particular codes are written on ‘onActivityResult,’ after which a bitmap is started and a new thread created. When all this is done correctly, the constructor mobile app is set.
Of course, it cannot work if the android wear doesn’t have an app to receive it. To make this possible, a ‘WearableListenerService’ is created, and with this, the mobile app is receptive to messages. Next, a manifest file for Android is made before everything is connected using either ‘Eventbus’ or ‘BroadcastReciever.’ Finally, a message would be relayed to your android wear which prompts you to use ‘CanvasWatchFaceService’ in place of the former resource. Having done this, the watch face can now be updated.
A user can also make a constructor to an extent by themselves. To do this, they would have to upload a file in png format to their mobile device first. Then, using the png file, they can customize their watch face. When they get the kind of features they want, then they would employ the services of an app developer to ensure that the customized designs are functional.
Technology and development; Android and mobile development especially, have made almost everything easy. Having a watch face is one of them. Being able to get what you want on your watch face is another. When an app developer is done, then the app is ready to hit the consumer market and give users a thrilling experience.