With the launch of Wear OS 3 -still exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4- Google has stepped up to conquer the smart watch market, and to do so, in addition to improving its operating system and announcing its own watch with the Pixel watch, too is improving its developer tools.
And to make it easier for developers create beautiful apps for Wear OSGoogle has 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, the official Android programming language, so it’s optimized for modern app architecture. Your bookstore makes making apps for Wear OS easier, faster and more intuitive following the declarative approach, as well as offering the powerful Kotlin syntax.
The toolkit is not only confirmed by simplifying the user interface of the applications, but also offers a new set of interface components Optimized user interface for the watch experience with Material design for Wear OS.
The release of the stable version of Compose for Wear OS 1.0 developers can now fearlessly and seamlessly 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 applications.
Google offered in October of last year a preview of Compose for Wear OS to developers, so that they could test the new tool while Google during all these months was improving it until today’s official launch.
One of the first companies to use Compose for Wear OS was Todoist, who completely rebuilt their app for Wear OS using redesigned all screens and interactions. Its developers have stated:
When the new Wear design language and Compose for Wear OS were announced, we were excited. It gave us a new motivation and the opportunity to invest in the platform.
Compose for Wear OS helped us tremendously on both the development and design sides. Guides and documentation made it easy for our product designers to prepare mockups that match the new platform design language. And the libraries made it very easy for us to implement these, providing all the necessary widgets and customizations. Swipe to dismiss, TimeText, ScalingLazyList were all components that worked very well for us, while still allowing us to create a distinct and recognizable application.
The route planning app outdoor active I also use Compose to get your app up to date for Wear OS and in a much more productive way:
A big improvement is the way the lists are created. Thanks to ScalingLazyColumn it is easier (compared to RecyclerView) to create scrolling screens without wasting resources. The availability of standard components such as Chip helps save time by being able to use pre-made layout/view components. What would have taken us days now takes hours.
PeriodTracker, a period tracking app has also been redesigned with Google’s new design tool. Its developers stated:
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 to record period, drink water and take 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 that Compose for Wear OS offers for designing apps for watches, which also fits all shapes of Wear OS devices: round, square, or rectangular.
Via | Google