With the release of Wear OS 3 – still exclusive to Samsung Galaxy Watch 4– Google has taken batteries to conquer the smartwatch market, and for this, in addition to improving its operating system and announcing its own watch with the Pixel Watch, also improves its development tools.
And to make it easier for developers create beautiful apps for Wear OSGoogle released after several months of development the stable version of Compose for Wear OS 1.0. It is a modern toolkit for designing user interfaces with the latest technologies and trends.
This is Compose for Wear OS 1.0
Compose for Wear OS is a toolkit built from the ground up in Kotlin, Android’s official programming language, so it’s optimized for modern app architecture. Your library does making apps for Wear OS easier, faster and more intuitive following the declarative approach, while offering the powerful Kotlin syntax.
The toolkit is not only confirmed by the simplification of the user interface of applications, but also offers a new set of interface components UI optimized for watch experience with Material design for Wear OS.
The release of the stable version of Compose for Wear OS 1.0 developers can now confidently and transparently use this new tool to develop their applications. Google reports that in the future, Compose for Wear OS will be the recommended tool for designing Wear OS apps.
Google gave developers a preview of Compose for Wear OS in October last year, so they could test out the new tool while Google spent all those months improving it until today’s official launch.
One of the first companies to use Compose for Wear OS was Todoist, which completely rebuilt its application for Wear OS by redesigning all screens and all interactions. Its developers said:
When the new Wear design language and Compose for Wear OS were announced, we were thrilled. It gave us a new motivation and the opportunity to invest in the platform.
Compose for Wear OS has helped us enormously both on the development and design side. Guides and documentation made it easy for our product designers to prepare mockups that matched the platform’s new design language. And the libraries allowed us to implement them very easily, providing all the necessary widgets and customizations. Swipe to dismiss, TimeText, ScalingLazyList were all components that worked great for us, while allowing us to create a distinct and recognizable app.
The route planner app active outdoors I also use Compose to update your app for Wear OS and in a much more productive way:
A big improvement is the way lists are created. ScalingLazyColumn makes it easier (compared to RecyclerView) to create scrolling screens without wasting resources. The availability of standard components such as Chip saves time by being able to use predefined layout/view components. What would have taken us days now takes hours.
period tracking, a period tracker app has also been redesigned with Google’s new designer tool. Its developers said:
Compose for Wear OS provided us with many kits to help us bring our designs to life. For example, we use chips to design the main buttons for recording period, drinking water and taking medicine, and also helped us create a unique look for the latest version of Kegel training. ”
Google hopes that in the coming months, most developers will start redesigning their apps using the new tools, components, and animations offered by Compose for Wear OS for designing watch apps, which adapts to all shapes of Wear OS devices: round, square or rectangular.
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