25 November 2020
Google Wear OS for smartwatches gained a new capability in May 2019 so as to offer bite-sized information to the users. This new capability is called Tiles and it was made available for Google’s own built-in Wear OS apps like Google Fit, Google Calendar, and the Weather app. But now, Google is expanding this support to third-party Wear OS app developers as well so that they can also feed quick information to their users.
Third-party developers will be able to create their own custom Tiles of their Wear OS apps and serve to the users just like Google has been doing with its apps.
“Tiles” offers widget-like looks of the apps. Just like widgets, these Tiles of the respective apps offer quick actions for common things that you mostly do with those apps. With a swipe left, you will be greeted by these Tiles and you can check them out for some quick actions.
As per 9to5Google, there is a new code change posted to the Android Open Source Project. The code reflects that Google is actively working on a “Wear Tiles API” to allow third-party Wear OS developers to create custom Tiles for their apps. It is currently, however, unknown when Google will make available this new API.
During the launch in May 2019 ahead of the I/O conference, Google said “we’ll continue to add more Tiles over time to help you stay connected to what matters most.” Well, over time, Google did add new Tiles. In September 2020, Google rolled out support for more than five Tiles with the help of version 2.40 Wear OS update. But this is the first time that it is expanding the support to third-party Wear OS app developers as well.