This article is part of the Android Wear series:
Google has not yet released an official API for Android Wear watch faces, but that hasn’t stopped people from producing them. And really, this is no surprise. When it comes to making a smartwatch feel personal, this is the only way to customize how things look. People have produced options that range from stylish to futuristic, nostalgic, or just plain funny. Some are distributed individually, while others are bunched up into bundles. Here is a list with many of the best options already available on Google Play.
Cool and Stylish
Convergence experiments with its own form of material design. It sticks the time on circles that float over the background and move as you move. It’s a unique idea and one of the most vibrant options on this list.
The Pure Watch Face stands in stark contrast to Convergence. It’s both simple and subtle, something you could wear to a business meeting without attracting unwanted looks. There’s both a digital and analog option, so you don’t have to sacrifice either option here.
One of the dreams fulfilled by smartwatches is the ability to wear the same watches our TV heroes did. The KnightRider watch face appeals to this desire. Michael Knight’s watch may not be a thing of beauty, but whatever, it’s the watch he wore on the Knight Rider series. Unfortunately, it can’t communicate with a supercar. For that, we must continue to dream.
2. Secret Agent Watchface
Secret Agent Watchface appeals to legions of Goldeneye fans. The left bar, instead of displaying remaining health, keeps track of your daily steps. The right bar, rather than displaying your shield, shows your watch’s remaining battery life. A digital clock is kept front and center.
1. Beautiful Watches
Beautiful Watches comes from the developers of the popular CameraZOOM FX app. It contains a sizable collection of watch faces that should appeal to a wide variety of tastes. There are both circular and square designs, artsy digital options, classic analog timepieces, and futuristic experiments. These watches come in packs that sometimes cost money, so be sure to keep that in mind.
Facer comes with its own set of creative watch faces, but what makes this option special is the ability to create your own. Not only that, you can use designs that other people have created. Just take a look at the sizable Facer community on Reddit. With such enthusiasm growing around it, this could be the one app you need to install to address all of your various watch face needs.
3. Wear Face Collection
Like Beautiful Watches, the Wear Face Collection comes with a range of options that try to appeal to different types of people. The selection isn’t as varied, but the options here don’t look like those found in the aforementioned app. Just remember that some of the watches here cost extra money to download as well.
This list contains some of the best Android Wear watches currently available, but the selection is steadily growing. Keep an eye on things, because we can only expect more to crop up as Wear devices get into the hands of more consumers. In the meantime, if you need help understanding other aspects of your watch, be sure to take a look at our How To Use Android Wear series.