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Custom tile support is now slated to reach Wear OS development in the second quarter of 2021

The Jetpack Tiles library is live now. (Source: Google)
The Jetpack Tiles library is live now. (Source: Google)
Wear OS might be a no-brainer for consumers choosing a smartwatch to go with their Android phone - or rather, it should be. The wearables platform still has many potentially frustrating limitations, one of which is the inability to set tiles for non-Google or OEM apps. However, the Mountain View giant has announced a solution for this issue is now in alpha.

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Many potential smartwatch customers may look at the multitude of the Wear OS devices out there as probably the best choice as it would best integrate with their Android phone. However, the 2 systems are still not completely relatable in terms of customization and UI-syncing across form-factors as some might imagine.

Luckily, a new Wear OS blog post directly from Google might address one of these issues, at least. This article, written by Developer Relations Engineer Jolanda Verhoef, introduces app-makers to the Jetpack Tiles library.

This new code allows a developer to compile an actual Wear OS tile for their own app. However, the update that adds them to the platform will reportedly not become available until April 2021 at the earliest.

Nevertheless, the library is also currently in alpha, so interested parties can become familiar with it while preparing to roll their tile out on current and possibly upcoming Google-flavored wearables. They are said to be joined by the OnePlus Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch4 soon.

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I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-03-14 (Update: 2021-03-14)