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Google designed Android Wear around Google Now and notifications, but developers are hard at work extending additional functionality. One such effort is Wearable Widgets, which just added support for Wear in v2.0. It was previously only for Glass and the Sony Smartwatch. Basically, it sends a widget from your phone to your watch.

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You can pick any widget from your phone, even if it makes no sense to have on your watch. Just tap the Wearable Widgets card, and the widgets come up. I have a few quick screens above of Elixir 2, the standard power control widget, and a 1Weather widget (I'm sure you can come up with better uses). Obviously square-ish widgets make the most sense, but even the buttons on the power control widget are usable on Wear. These are directly mirrored from the device, so you're seeing the system information from the phone in Elixir above, for example. That's neat if you don't want to pull the phone out. All the button presses on the watch translate to your phone, so if you tap on a story in a news reader widget on the watch, it opens on the phone.

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In addition to the issues with a very different screen ratio, scrollable widgets don't seem to work properly. Some widgets are also far too information-dense to be clear on a tiny watch screen. Wearable Widgets is really neat, but I'm not sure how practical it will be in daily use. You can give it a shot for free, but adding more than one widget requires an in-app purchase of $1.99 for a premium license.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Michael

    For some reason, I'm a huge fan of that logo.

  • vyktorsouza

    k, now where's Moto 360

  • Sorian

    Nice app, can see bringing the weather widget over.

  • Doctor Awesome PhD

    This has a lot of potential. I have my USAA widget there now and can quickly check my accounts from my wrist now. Awesome

  • abobobilly

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW.

    Moving on .....

  • Tom Harman

    Beautiful Widgets needs to get to steppin, right meow.

  • slimdizzy

    Works for both my new Gear Live and my Sony Smartwatch 2?!?!?!? Awesome!!!!

  • Kree Terry

    This will be useful once some zipper widgets are made for watches.

  • nawa

    Wow. This is huge news. With UCCW or Zooper it can do great things.

  • michyprima

    force closes for me... :/

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    So in combination with widgets that can be updated via Tasker, we can now have completely customisable information on our wrists :)

  • George

    If you toggle bluetooth on your watch, you're going to have a bad time.

  • Nick Tsiotinos

    I've found it useful for 3 things so far.
    1. Show a month calendar and switch to different months.
    2. Show battery level on the phone.
    3. Show a picture of my kids (reminds me how adorable they look when not screaming at each other).