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Jul
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The world was a whole lot simpler back in 1999 – the economy was doing fine, MTV played music, and the Matrix was much less ridiculous without all that weird pseudo-philosophy from the sequels. There's a new watch face that can take you back to those relaxing days each time you look at your Android Wear watch. Yes, a Matrix watch face.

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When the screen is awake, you get the iconic falling code and a green clock. While asleep, you get the same clock in white with a standard black background. I'll leave the aesthetic judgments up to you. Just know this is a thing you can have on your wrist (and it's open source).

The app is listed in Google Play, but be aware, like many of these early watch faces, The Matrix face doesn't take into account taller cards. The cards from most messaging apps will block part of the clock. There's still an SDK thing to be worked out on Google's end.

[Thanks, +Russell Holly]

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

  • dude

    So far, this is like the only legitimate reason that make me want to get a smartwatch.

    • Michael Fontenot

      I just like wearing a watch. Why not have it be smart?

  • remister

    It look nice.
    "The cards from most messaging apps will block part of the clock."

    Google has to fix this. It looks ugly when I put an analog clock face on. I would have to mute my notifications.

    • http://dheera.net/ Dheera Venkatraman

      Yep, I noticed this just now too. I'm the one who wrote this, so if any fellow hackers have pointers on fixing it (besides moving the time to the top) I'd appreciate it. I know it's possible to limit the height of cards, since the stock "Digital" face on LG does seem to indeed implement such a limitation. As soon as I know how to fix this I'll push out an update :)

    • nxtiak

      Yeah, all the 3rd party watchfaces, the noficiation card is HUGE on the watchface, but built in ones, it's nice and small and compact. Why is this.

      • http://dheera.net/ Dheera Venkatraman

        I did some decompiling of the stock LG faces and some detective work. Basically we need to be able to bind a service connection, i.e.
        bindService(WatchFaceIntents.BIND_HOME_INTENT, mServiceConnection, BIND_AUTO_CREATE);
        in order to set a WatchFaceStyle which defines how the cards look. The stock faces can make this call without a problem, however if I try to do it as a third-party app, I get a SecurityException. So basically, we'll have to wait till Google releases a proper SDK or better documentation.

  • tdurden64111

    AND THE CROWD GOES mild.

  • vyktorsouza

    the first app we've seen that can actually work on round smartwaches

  • Elislurry

    Sweet, now all I need is a time machine to take me into the future to get the Moto 360 and then back to 1999 where this watchface is cool and relevant

  • BigTimmay
  • cmbeid

    This looks cool, on my watch, but I bet it will drain the battery quickly.

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      i bet you'll have to charge it every night now...
      ...oh wait

      • cmbeid

        Comedian you may be, but my watch battery life is on-par with my cell phone. Which is kinda amazing seeing as the screen is on for 17 hours straight.

        • Deeco

          Unless you have a Note, I don't see what your so proud about...

  • abobobilly

    I drooled like hell over this wallpaper on my android, back in the days. But had to part ways after months of using it because it was such a battery hogger.

    Now that i see it running on a "Wear" device, i dread to think what its gonna do with the battery life. (Though i think it'll be irrelevant since in 'sleep mode' the watch will display the 'normal' dial)

  • Jason Bourne

    Someone needs to take the LG exclusive Watch Faces and release them on the GPlay Store so the Samsung Live owners can use them... and vice-versa for Samsung exclusive Watch Faces.

  • Jason Bourne

    Also, it needs an option to allow 12H time format vs. 24H time format (which is the default for this face).

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      in 12H time format the agents will get you.

  • nxtiak

    Only 24hrs.. this is lame :( heh

  • Luckyman79uk

    I've made some tweaks to the LCD numbers.

    This is my first contribution to a project. If people like them I'll ask Deera if he can merge the changes. Let me know what you guys think. I've changed the numbers 3,4,6,7 and 9

    https://imgur.com/GIXmcuC

    • Jason Bourne

      Not a fan of the "3". The 7 looks good though!

      • Guest

        I like the 4, 7, 9. Indifferent about the 3. If you're using Github, send in a pull request. If not, I can make the change but let me know how I should acknowledge your contribution in the readme (e.g. name, website, etc.)

    • http://dheera.net/ Dheera Venkatraman

      I like the 4, 7, 9. Indifferent about the 3. If you're using Github, send in a pull request. If not, I can make the change but let me know how I should acknowledge your contribution in the readme (e.g. name, website, etc.)

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    That gif is stressing me out

  • Michael Fontenot

    There is just way too much snark in this comment section for me.