SmartWatch 2 is one of Sony’s most popular devices among developers, as it enables a lot of innovative use cases related to remote control, notifications and much more. If you haven’t developed your own SmartWatch 2 app yet, or if you’re looking tweaking your existing SmartWatch 2 app, we’ve gathered our top 5 tips for developers in this post.
SmartWatch 2 is a success among app developers, with over 500 apps available on Google Play. When developing SmartWatch 2 apps developers have until now had to struggle with quite massive PDFs for the API documentation, but that’s about to change. All the documentation have now been revised based on all the requests and input we have received, and we have made the SmartWatch 2 API documentation available online as web pages at developer.sony.com.
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.