Just uploaded the first video I’ve made for a smartwatch.
It shows the look and feel of my alternative launcher.
The software packages used are in the description.
I’ll make a howto video soon for those not so versed in installing Launchers.
There’s one glitch I noticed after uploading and reviewing the video.
Two of the clockface widgets are “stuck in time” Don’t know how this is, the other widgets of the same maker all work. The internal TSF widgets work perfect.
That’s why I believe, if there could be a good clockface widget generator, this is MY way to proceed with these watches.
The benefits of full access to a standard android launcher and it’s underlying platform, in this case a superb 3d launcher outweighs the limitations of the stock round launcher.
Only Android Wear with it’s playstore filled with apps and widgets beats this.
@Paul_Mackel I don’t own a Android 4.4 smartwatch but if the apps used support it I can’t see why not. The processor is a bit less powerfull which might impact the 3d animations.
Installing Twisted Home Switcher should enable you to use a different default lancher. It doesn’t break the old one. You can always return.
@john_gully It doesn’t affect battery life at all. At least not that I notice. I guess the desktop engine uses more cpu power thus more energy when used.
I have Wifi ON always. Recharge 2x a day because the watch recharges so quickly.
I disabled the wrist gesture option. I move my arm to often which causes to much drain on the battery. Single pressing the button is fine with me. Also waiting for the screen to come on when flicking my wrist often took too long.
@john_gully Never tried Nova Launcher. I’m a user of TSF shell from the start and somehow stuck to it. I like the 3d animations aspect of it and which is very important. Almost everything is adaptable. But as you yourself have found out, this proofs only that a lot more can be done to unleash the true potential of these beautiful watches
But I’ve removed them at the moment. I noticed that either the clocks were 20-30 seconds behind or even stopped working. Sometimes they catched up, sometimes they didn’t. Also the seconds never showed. Good effort, but not flawless. maybe it works on Nova.
Let us know what Novaluancher does with the clockfaces.
I installed Home 2 Shortcut, which enabled me to use the single button as single-press=back/home, double-press=power off.
Bellow are some screenshots of the Nova Launcher running on my D5.
The first one is the notifications widget I’ve mentioned before.
The second, is the home wachface. It is actually a Simple Analog Clock widget (with transparent backbround) on the top of the stock Alarms widget (the grey digital clock).
Simple Analog Clock, as the name suggests, is a very simple one, but pretty small as well (161k). The seconds hand works fine on it.
Here is the link for it: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.moemoe.tomorrow.myAnalogClock2
Nova Launcher allows us to place widgets on top of others, so the possibilities are tied to our imagination. For example one can design a widget with a nice background including some icon images, place the simple clock widget on top of it, and a third widget totally transparent but with some touching areas, matching the icons on the first widget, which could trigger tasks or open apps… We would have a fully functional watchface with all kinds of information, and with touchable shortcuts.
Regarding the widget filling the whole screen, Nova Launcher has an option called “Padding” that does exactly this, and resizes the widget (shown on last image). You just have to press and hold the widget.
BTW, that is the original weather widget from the stock D5, that somehow is available for being added, on the new launcher.
I’ve used Home2Button before. It’s a nice option, but as I’m trying to preserve the physical button as much as possible, I’m trying to do everything (from showing quick settings, to turn off the watch) with gestures, using this very powerfull app called GMD Gesture Control. I have the paid version of it and use it for a long time on my smartphone and tablet.
Screenshots: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0AV_OADvJWgMGx3bWw2SGt1NGM https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0AV_OADvJWgamVFZUQ1TE5fV2M https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0AV_OADvJWgQ1JzSkdXY1I0U1E https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0AV_OADvJWgQUI1QWxDWDNyYUk https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0AV_OADvJWgTE1IOTRWTng5TTg
Tested Novalauncher. Maybe it’s me using TSF Launcher for so long that I missed the extras and fancy 3d interface. It gives that extra depth to the watch. Luckely I made a backup before I uninstalled. Back with TSF again.
@Paul_Levy I used Home 2 Shortcut. All links are below in the video description.
I’m going to make a video on how to install this. But currently I’m rethinking what launcher to use. Has to do with resizing Widgets.
In short, in Home 2 Shortcut You need to enter the Launcher app twice on the setupscreen. @Step 1 and @step 3.
You need to set Home 2 as the default Launcher.
After Reboot you need to start the real launcher you want to use once. Do that via Twisted home switcher. Somehow this enables the one and two button press. Now press once on the button and set Home 2 as “always”
A bit complicated in textversion, the video will be clearer.