App Status

Wearable Widgets is breaking new ground in wearable technology, and while everything we know about in the app works, there are undoubtedly still a few bugs.

If you run across one of these, please email us, or join our Google+ Community and post about your experience there. This community is also where we distribute new releases before they're generally available; if that interests you, please join and you'll get the earliest access.

Known Issues as of 24 Mar 2017

Update History

The following table lists the updates we've released for our Wearable Widgets phone app.

Version Date Summary of Changes
6.0.1 24 Mar 2017
  • Fix bug: app sometimes "forgets" widgets configured for Samsung Gear watches
6.0 26 Feb 2017
  • Phone app:
  • Add system "hamburger" menu for navigation
  • Add a couple of items to the About screen
  • Overhaul management of wearable devices in app
  • Fix bug: widget sometimes blank (in phone app) after switching tabs
  • Support Android Wear 2 (decoupled APK distribution)
  • Remove “tap to switch widgets” from Wear interface
  • Android Wear (all versions):
  • Add settings screen on watch
  • Add vertical swipe on watch faces (off by default)
  • Reduce speed threshold on vertical swipe in interactive app
  • Revise “disconnected” screens per Wear guidelines
  • Android Wear 2.0:
  • Support standalone distribution
  • Improve sideways swipe behavior
  • Remove long-press-to-exit
5.5.1 12 Nov 2016
  • Fix incompatibility with Google Play Services 10.x for Android Wear
  • Reduce size of APK
5.5 13 Jun 2016
  • Tap/swipe on watch no longer flashes widget on screen of handheld (Android 4.4+)
  • General stability improvements
  • Support for Wear 2.0 preview
5.4.2 18 Jan 2016
  • Fix bug: time/zone changes on phone not immediately reflected on widgets
5.4.1 23 Dec 2015
  • Fix bug: some widgets failing with "Couldn't load widget" message
5.4 19 Dec 2015
  • Add setting for widget background color
  • Add option to disable tap on Wear watch face
  • Improve Wear watch face loading and swiping
  • Behind-the-scenes improvements to Tizen clock client
  • Fix bug: Wear client connecting to other watch rather than handheld
5.3 12 Sep 2015
  • Updates to main activity
    • Improve resize handles
    • Reduce memory usage
    • Fix bug: widget sometimes disappears when changing tabs
  • Changes on Android Wear
    • Support Ambient mode (requires Android 5.1 on watch)
    • Remove on-device notification
    • Support tap on watch face (requires Android Wear 1.3)
    • Add swipe gesture to change widgets on watch face
    • Fix bug with notification underlay
    • Reduce battery usage of interactive app
  • Bug fixes on Gear S
    • Scrolling not working reliably
    • Widget sometimes doesn’t fill screen
    • Fix a reconnect-failure bug
  • Updates to About screen
    • Add Open Source Licenses
    • Rename a couple of entries
    • Fix bug in web link
5.2.1 4 Apr 2015
  • Improve bluetooth dis/connection handling for Glass
  • Fix bug: persistent notification not low-priority on Lollipop
5.2 1 Apr 2015
  • Only released to beta
  • Add several clock face options for Tizen Gear
  • Minor improvements to Material Design
5.1.1 17 Feb 2015
  • Remove Gear clock options that aren't yet supported on-device
5.1 12 Feb 2015
  • Add a few more watch face settings to Android Wear:
    • Stop watch face when offscreen
    • Darken in ambient mode
    • New option for Bluetooth disconnected screen
  • Add link to watch face settings from Android Wear app
  • Fix various issues with watch face widget sizing
  • Fix bug: System time sometimes lingered on Android Wear watch face
  • Clean up some dialog formatting issues
5.0.1 28 Jan 2015
  • Fix crash on Samsung devices running Android 5
5.0 28 Jan 2015
  • Incorporate elements of Material Design in handheld app
  • Support official Android Wear watch face API
  • Update to new Samsung Gear SDK
  • Experimental feature on Android Wear: tap side of watch to switch widgets on watch face
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes
4.2 14 Nov 2014
  • Add support for full-round Android Wear devices (such as LG G Watch R)
  • Fix bug: device selection reset when a disabled option tapped in Settings
  • Fix cache issues on handheld
  • Fix a few rare crash bugs
  • Beat down some more battery issues
4.1 16 Sep 2014
  • Improve Moto 360 compatibility (new cropping options & screen layouts)
  • Disable multiple widgets for Glass - more info
  • Fix bug on Wear: Long-press-to-dismiss only working on first widget
  • Fix a few rare crash bugs
4.0 7 Sep 2014
  • Add sizing options for round-screen devices
  • Support multiple widgets on Tizen Gear
  • Support using widgets as a clock on Gear
  • Split Gear clients out to separate apps
  • Show the backup watch face on Android Wear during watch startup
  • Add long-press-to-dismiss on Wear app
  • Improvements to widget chooser
  • Reduce battery usage on phone, Wear watches
  • Numerous other bug fixes and minor enhancements
3.3 14 Aug 2014
  • Improve handling of BT-disconnect and no-widget-configured scenarios on Android Wear
  • Add option for vertical alignment of watch face (top/center/bottom) on Wear
  • Decrease lag when switching between widgets on Wear devices
  • Fix some more battery drain issues
3.2 7 Aug 2014
  • Fix an excessive battery drain issue when linked to Android Wear
2.81 5 Aug 2014
  • Fix bug: adding multiple widgets disabled
2.8 4 Aug 2014
  • Add watch face support for Android Wear
  • On Wear, swipe from top of screen now exits app
  • Improve connection stability on Wear and Glass
  • Fix various rare crash bugs
  • Add WAKE_LOCK permission (needed for regular updates to watch face)
3.1 1 Aug 2014
  • Improve connection with Android Wear devices
3.0 29 Jul 2014
  • Only released to beta
  • Add watch face support for Android Wear
  • On Wear, swipe from top or bottom of screen now exits app
  • Improve connection stability on Wear and Glass
  • Fix various rare crash bugs
  • Add WAKE_LOCK permission (needed for regular updates to watch face)
2.2 20 Jul 2014
  • Released to general availability
  • Decrease battery usage of phone app
  • Remove blurred-out widget background for the notification on Android Wear
  • Improve dis/connection handling for Android Wear
  • Fix bugs related to turning on the "Do not keep activities" setting in phone's Developer Options
  • Fix bug: notification icon cropped on some devices
2.7 19 Jul 2014
  • Only released to beta
  • Decrease battery usage of phone app
  • Remove blurred-out widget background for the notification on Android Wear
  • Improve dis/connection handling for Android Wear
  • Fix bugs related to turning on the "Do not keep activities" setting in phone's Developer Options
  • Fix bug: notification icon cropped on some devices
2.6 16 Jul 2014
  • Only released to Samsung GALAXY Apps
  • Convert from Gear 2 Integrated to Linked app (unbundle .wgt from .apk)
2.5 14 Jul 2014
  • Only released to beta
  • Add Samsung Gear 2 (Tizen) support
2.1 12 Jul 2014
  • Improve widget picker
  • Fix bug: crash on LG G2 and G3 phones when opening widget picker
  • Fix bug: on Android Wear, notification background blank
2.0 7 Jul 2014
  • Add Android Wear support
  • Change Glass interface to use Bluetooth Secure (requires update of Wearable Widgets Glassware)
  • Fix bug: failure in Bluetooth interface with Glass could send app into a crash loop
  • Fix bug: when resizing a widget, Back button closes app
  • Fix bug: app crashes after uninstalling one of the widgets that had been running
  • Fix bug: deleting sole widget from app doesn't remove it from device
1.1 8 Jun 2014
  • Improve handling of case where no widget configured
  • Fix bug: widget disappears after orientation change with phone on lock screen
1.0 1 Jun 2014
  • Requires version 1.0 of Wearable Widgets Glassware.
  • Add Multiple widget support
  • Numerous other enhancements throughout the app
0.9 9 Apr 2014
  • Requires version 0.6 of Wearable Widgets Glassware.
  • Add option for "Always keep widgets running"
  • Add menu action for "Reset connection"
  • Remove "Configure widgets" menu action for ICS (turns out some widgets don't support it, notably HD Widgets)
  • Improve behavior of background updates when not invisible
  • Improve touch interactions with resizable widgets on main screen
  • Improve progress spinner shown when opening widget picker
  • Fix issue with tap on Glass
  • Fix bug: watch face update interval on SW2 being ignored if widget updates more frequently
0.8 3 Apr 2014
  • Improve latency in swipe action
  • Correct dialog message: changes to SW2 "watch face" setting will not take effect until phone rebooted
  • Fix occasional crash bug when watch face mode for SW2 is first enabled
  • Add support for tap & swipe from Glass (note: not yet supported in Glassware)
0.7 1 Apr 2014
  • Requires version 0.5 of Wearable Widgets Glassware.
  • Add device-specific settings (including "watch face" support for SW2)
  • Add menu action for "Configure widget"
  • Hide notification icon when app running in background (Android 4.1+)
  • Improve tap behavior on SW2
  • Improve device interface detection
  • Update resize graphics for Android 4.4
  • Fix occasional crash after current widget uninstalled from phone
  • Fix bug: widget disappearing from main activity after swipe
  • Numerous other minor bug fixes & improvements
0.6 25 Mar 2014
  • Major improvements to app stability & widget rendering
  • Add up/down swipe support for Sony SW2
  • Improve resize behavior
  • Add BLUETOOTH_ADMIN permission (needed just to link to Bluetooth system settings)
  • Remove WAKE_LOCK permission (no longer needs to wake up phone to update widget)
  • Add settings item for "Invisible updates"
  • Remove settings item for "Force portrait orientation"
0.5 18 Mar 2014
  • Add tap support for Sony SmartWatch
  • Add About screen
  • Improve updating when phone screen is off
  • Improve stability of Bluetooth connection with Glass
  • Fix bug when the active widget's app is uninstalled
0.4 11 Mar 2014
  • Add notification icon when WW is running
  • General improvement of background stability
  • Improve error messaging in Sony SmartWatch client
  • Improve support for widgets with transparency
  • Fix bug: top and left widget resizing handles didn't work
0.3 4 Mar 2014
  • Make Glass connection more robust
0.2 4 Mar 2014
  • Add messages when Glass setup fails
0.1 3 Mar 2014
  • Initial beta release.