With the new Widget API for SmartWatch 2, available in the updated Sony Add-on SDK, you can actually develop clocks and widgets for the newly released SmartWatch 2 watch face editor. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to get started in just a few steps.
With the recent update to the SmartWatch 2 software, users are able to customise the watch face of SmartWatch 2. Better yet, the latest version of the Sony Add-on SDK gives you, as a developer, access to the Widget API, which allows you to develop clocks and widgets for the SmartWatch 2 watch face. To further inspire your wearables development, check out our interview with Alexander “Azya” Zakharyan who has increased downloads on Google Play by specialising in watch-related SmartWatch 2 apps.
Active Low Power Mode is one of the new features for SmartWatch 2 developers, available in the latest version of the Sony Add-on SDK. In Active Low Power Mode, the content of an app is displayed in greyscale on the SmartWatch 2 display to save battery time, which is good for use cases such as fitness tracking apps that runs throughout an exercise session. Learn how to develop apps using Active Low Power Mode in this tutorial!
Many people have asked for it, and with the latest software update for SmartWatch 2, it is now possible to create custom watch faces for SmartWatch 2. The watch face editor is available through the Smart Connect app on your smartphone, and it enables you to create custom watch faces where you combine different clocks and widgets.
An update for the Sony Add-on SDK is now available and includes official support for Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH50 and Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52. This means you’ll be able to create app extensions for these Smart accessories, as well as emulate the devices for your own app extension testing. Read on to learn more about what’s been updated in this release.
Following our developer tutorials on how to add SmartWatch 2 (SW2) support to the first SmartWatch (MN2) extensions and how to create a SmartWatch 2 app extension, here are some best practices for your SmartWatch 2 app development. Topics range from how much data your app extension sends to recommended resolutions to display considerations. Read these five important tips for making your app extension more compatible with the new SmartWatch 2 features and ensure that it works smoothly.
We recently published some developer tutorials on how to add SmartWatch 2 (SW2) support to the first SmartWatch (MN2) extensions and how to create a SmartWatch 2 app extension. Now, we’d like to bring you additional information on best practices for your SmartWatch 2 app development, covering topics that range from how much data your app extension sends to recommended resolutions to display considerations. Keeping these five important tips in mind during your development can help minimise potential bugs, make your app extension more compatible with the new SmartWatch 2 features, and ensure overall that your SmartWatch 2 app will work smoothly.
With a SmartWatch 2 extension, your users can utilise the features of your app without even picking their smartphone or tablet up from their bag or pocket. At the same time, you can get a lot of extra visibility for your app, since it will be exposed to all users of the SmartWatch 2. So are you ready to develop a new app extension or extend your existing app to support the Sony SmartWatch 2? We’ve put together a quick tutorial that shows you from start to finish, what programs you need, files you should use, and tools you can make use of, and the steps involved in creating your own app extension for Sony SmartWatch 2. Read more after the jump. (Updated 12 Nov, 2013)