Enough of these watch faces that are all about delivering important information and attractive "design." How about some animated GIFs? This app downloads trending animations from Giphy and syncs them to the watch to be displayed each time you wake it up. Want to see it in action? We've got a video.

The app downloads 100 GIFs when you install it, which is a fair chunk of data—probably best to make sure you're on WiFi. After that, it checks periodically and downloads new ones to keep a fresh supply (max of 100, though). A new random GIF is supposed to appear each time, but randomness isn't always as random as you think, so expect a few repeats. Waking the watch up too frequently can also result in a black screen as the app struggles to keep up (I am assuming this is the cause).

q w e

The devs are working on adding settings so you can control the downloads, but it's still pretty fun right now. However, like all Wear watch faces right now, it is obscured by the taller cards (I have notifications muted in the video so you can see everything). Still, you should probably download this and amuse yourself.

Note: I am fully aware of the dispute over the pronunciation of "GIF." Don't start with me. The pronunciation in the video was intentional—team hard G for life.

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.

  • Brad

    I'll give YOU a hard G

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  • HellG

    Yay AP started making videos again!!
    Seriously though Ryan you sound like a nice guy, looking at your picture i thought you had a mean voice, not sure why, maybe its the beard haha.

    • RyanWhitwam

      We do videos sometimes.

      I may have a nice voice, but if you listened to the podcast you would know I'm a jerk.

      • HellG

        Lol i will listen to your podcasts from now on then.

  • jonathan3579

    If they upped the quality and reliability, this could borderline have paid app credentials.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The quality is definitely good enough for a watch. The reliability could use a quick fixer - show the previous GIF while a new one is caching, for instance.

  • clay

    nato bands ftw. that was the first thing i did with my watch before even powering on! both pebble and g watch

    • RyanWhitwam

      I know, right? I love them. So much more comfortable.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So has anybody already put a "It's happening!" Gif?

    • Franco Rossel

      I hope so.

    • Amarus Kh

      I was actually scrolling down expecting to see a comment with a GIF of someone with the "It's happening" GIF on their Wear watch.

  • abobobilly

    The dispute between Jiff or Gif (in a manner of speaking) is just so useless. People act like they are going to win a grammar medal or something by pointing it out. Besides, if someone understand perfectly what a "Gif" is (read however you like), then why even bother talking about it?

  • black

    I always thought it was *gif, like in giraffe. gif (like in gay) sounds gay to me.

    • Iacobus

      It is like, "giraffe."


      Oddly, even straight from the horse's mouth, he's wrong according to the hard-G partisans. Gotta love the Internet. xD

      Personally, I don't care how one pronounces it. Just know your history and the facts behind it.

      • GraveUypo

        do not care. it's gif to me. as in "not-jif". The G comes from "graphics" in "Graphics Interchange Format", so it stands to reason it has the same type of sound in the abbreviation.

        but, more importantly, i've never even heard someone say jif.

        • Iacobus

          It is what it is as I've pointed out. If you want to use it with a hard G, knock yourself out. It's like pronouncing tomato or potato for all I care. I just thought context was important.

          Bryan O'Neil Hughes of Adobe (principal product manager of Photoshop) uses the soft G. (That also sparked a mini-debate of sorts.) Ever since I bought my first computer back in the 90's and learned of CompuServe I used a soft G, as did others.

        • michyprima

          In USA, maybe. In Italy almost everyone says jif

          • GraveUypo

            i'm not american.

          • primalxconvoy

            Yes, but in the USA, almost everyone calls Football "soccer", spells colour without a " u" and spells "that country called Afghanistan that attacked us" as "Iraq", so I wouldn't trust them.

        • bizzy gie

          The creator of GIFS stated that it's pronounced Jiff. Even when words are abbreviated or put into an acronym, they still follow the rules of grammar. That's why many acronyms are pronounced as words.

      • primalxconvoy

        Hard g.

  • Gaurav Arora

    Good bye shitty battery life, you went from almost nothing to nothing.

  • michyprima

    Why apps like this gets way more attention than apps like mine (texting with minuum from your watch is not interesting?) it's way over my comprehension lol

    • Brad

      probably because of posts like this. or maybe your app is crap?

      • michyprima

        You tell me. Check for "wear messenger"

  • primalxconvoy

    I actually use an animated gif live wallpaper app on my phone. You can choose which gifs to use and cycle through them. If you use large gifs that are related or similar, you can have a rather fetching animated live wallpaper.