Google is pushing the ugly out of its Android Wear app.
Phandroid scored a leaked upcoming build of Google’s Android Wear app sporting a Material Design-inspired look along with some useful features. It’s gaining the ability to take a screenshot from your watch (finally!), view bug reports, or more quickly disconnect devices.
The new version brings the white background, sharper colors, and more refined buttons from Lollipop to an app that currently doesn’t look all that great. The leaked build seems cleaner and easier to use, so hopefully we can get our hands on it soon.
Unfortunately there’s no APK available, so you’ll have to wait for an update from the Play Store just like everybody else. Phandroid says it’s keeping the APK on lockdown since it requires Google Play Services version 6.5.75, which has yet to hit the wild.
Why this matters: Android Wear is an important part of Android’s reach beyond phones and tablets. The Android Wear app is the hub that connects your phone to your watch, so its important that it look good and provide all the features one would expect from a top-tier Google app. It’s good to see Google giving it some attention, as it won’t be long before there’s a major competitor in the Apple Watch.