Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3 Now On Play Store

The Play Store on the watch helps users find apps right where they need them.

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The third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 and Google Play now on Android Wear is launched today.

The Play Store for Android Wear app makes it easy for users to find and install apps directly on the watch. With this, users can browse recommended apps in home view as well as search apps using "voice, keyboard, handwriting, and recommended queries."

Additonally, switching multiple accounts to be part of alpha and beta tests is possible. Apps can be update or uninstall right in the "My apps."

In fact, in Android Wear 2.0, phone apps are no longer necessary. Developers can now build and publish 'watch-only apps", so users can install apps on their watch 'only'.

Developers publishing apps on Android Wear Play Store, first make sure their Wear 2.0 apps "set minSdkVersion to 24 or higher", explains google. Adding, then use "runtime permissions model, and upload via multi-APK using Play Developer Console."

To set up Developer Preview 3, first downlload and install new Android Wear companion app beta on your phone, then flash your watch to latest preview release." Finally, add a Google Account to your watch with the phone app.

Android Wear 2.0 third developer preview: New Android Wear companion app beta

Developer Preview 3 also includes:

  • Complications improvements: Starting with Developer Preview 3, watch face developers will need to request RECEIVE_COMPLICATION_DATA permission before the watch face can receive complication data.
  • New WearableRecyclerView UI component helps developers display and manipulate vertical lists of items while optimizing for round displays.
  • Inline action for notifications right from the stream.
  • Smart Reply responses are now generated for MessagingStyle notifications.

The company further says, the preview continue into early 2017, at which point Android Wear 2.0 will push to the first watches.

Also, stay tuned for Android Wear Developer Preview 4.

And much more: Read about the complete list of changes in the Android Wear developer preview release notes.

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