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 6 July 2017

Update History

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

Version Date Summary of Changes
6.1 6 Jul 2017
  • Phone app:
  • Fix some widget-specific rendering bugs
  • Improve appearance of navigation menu and About screen
  • Update Samsung accessory library
  • Android Wear app:
  • Add support for rotary input
  • Remove Bluetooth permission
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.