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Android Wear Projects

By : Ashok Kumar S
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Android Wear Projects

By: Ashok Kumar S

Overview of this book

Android Wear Projects is your opportunity to step into the exciting new world of Android Wear app development. This book will help you to master the skills in Android Wear programming and give you a complete insight on wear app development. You will create five different Android Wear apps just like the most popular Android Wear apps. You will create a To-do list, a city maps app, a Wear messenger, Wear fitness tracker and Watch face. While you create these apps you will learn to create custom notifications, receive voice inputs in notifications, add pages to notifications and stack notifications. You will see how to create custom wear app layouts, the custom UIs specially designed for Wear. You will learn to handle and manage data and syncing data with other devices, create interactive Watch faces and also ensure the safety and security of your Wear apps by testing and securing your apps before you deploy them on the app store.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Customer Feedback
Let us Help Capture What is on Your Mind - WearRecyclerView and More
Let us Help Capture What is on Your Mind - Saving Data and Customizing the UI
Measuring Your Wellness and Syncing Collected Sensor Data
Let us Chat in a Smart Way - Notifications and More

Keeping your application active on a Wear device

When we write an application for contexts, we need to do certain alternatives. We know that when not using the application, we should make that app to sleep in Wear devices for better battery performance, but when we are building an application for maps, it is necessary that maps be visible and active for the user.

Android has a simple configuration for this: a method with few lines that activates the ambient mode:

//oncreate Method

This starts the ambient mode on the map. The API swaps to a non-interactive and low-color rendering of the map when the user is no longer actively using the app:

public void onEnterAmbient(Bundle ambientDetails) {

The following code exits the ambient mode on the WearMap. The API swaps to the normal rendering of the map when the user starts actively using the app:

public void onEnterAmbient...