Google will reportedly make it possible for third-party Android developers to create their own tiles for their Wear OS app. When Tiles – Wear OS widget access to apps was first released, it only worked for Google’s own apps like Fit and the weather app.
Now, however, a new code change in the Android open source project detected by 9to5Google notes that Google is working on a ‘Wear Tiles API’, which will allow Wear OS developers to create their own custom Tiles.
Wear Tiles API initial confirmation.
This checks the application side of the Wear Tiles API. The tests (and test libraries) have not been added yet, but will come in a future CL. This version really exists to start releasing API revisions.
from 9 to 5 says that the code itself offers references to “androidx”, which suggests that this new functionality will come as an update to Android Jetpack “Wear” library.
At this time, it is unclear when this feature will arrive on Wear OS devices. from 9 to 5 notes that the API only got into the review process a few weeks ago, which means it could be a few months before Wear OS developers have the ability to create custom tiles.
This is a sign that Google still has an interest in Wear OS, but I wish there was an official Pixel-branded smartwatch.