I’ll admit it: I absolutely loved Google’s all-new Pixel Watch.
I’ve been wearing the watch for a few weeks, despite bathing and sleeping, and here’s the twist: I absolutely did. not expect to enjoy it.
I was actually very interested in Wear OS and Google’s smartwatch odyssey early on, a long time ago. the platform is released for the first time in the prehistoric era of 2014. But then, well, a few things happened:
- I reached a point where I wanted to be able to be less attached to technology, and wearing a smartwatch made me to feel perpetually on the grid and related to my electronic obligations.
- Google ditched its carefully crafted original vision for wearable devices, emphasizing contextual information and visible nuggets, and instead began to pursue Apple’s most popular philosophy – with an emphasis on complex autonomous applications and complex interactions. This stuff looks impressive in the ads but isn’t a great real-world experience to me, and it just didn’t fit the way I wanted to use a watch.
Suffice it to say, I assumed my journey with the new Pixel Watch would be an interesting tech diversion, but a short-lived adventure that I would be eager to give up.
Boy, I was wrong.
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Wearing the Pixel Watch felt like reconnecting with an old friend – like picking up where Google’s original Wear vision left off. Honestly, it almost seems like the last few years never happened in terms of Google’s smartwatch strategy. This is the natural evolution of Wear’s early years, when the underlying concept was solid but the hardware wasn’t quite up to snuff. This is what Wear should have been (and could have been!) from the start.
It may have taken a typical comedic turn rocker that gives deja vu to bring us here, but the Pixel Watch is a surprisingly enjoyable experience from the perspective of someone who wants this kind of technology to stay away and just be useful without being intrusive.
That said, there’s one place where the Pixel Watch experience feels like it could use a little more spice – and that’s in the selection of watch faces that come preloaded on the device. Now don’t get me wrong: the default Pixel Watch face options are good, and some of them are actually quite cool. But none of them feel like they’ve fully hit the nail on the head, highlighting the most useful parts of the Pixel Watch’s possibilities, or capturing the essence of what Pixel Watch is meant to be.
Luckily, a third-party developer stepped in to fill that void.
A Pixel Watch dial for professionals
My friend, let me introduce you to my favorite Pixel Watch find so far: the aptly named Pixel minimal dial To add.
I won’t beat around the bush: what does this face look like should were the default design that shows up the second you turn on the Pixel Watch for the first time. You’d really think that Google itself created it – and the goodness goes way beyond the surface.
Yes the see of the Pixel Minimal Watch Face is decidedly — well, Pixel-like. Googley, even, you might say. And especially for anyone who’s a fan of the more minimalistic, streamlined style associated with Google’s Pixel products and smartphone software, it’s a very welcome touch.
But a Wear OS watch face is more than just a nice outer layer. It’s the smartwatch equivalent of an android launcher – a homepage, really, and your personal productivity hub. And just like with launchers on Android, optimizing that space for maximum efficiency can make a heck of a lot of difference.
Hello, does this Pixel Watch face do it well. More than anything, the Pixel Minimal Watch face makes it easy to keep the things you need front and center. This includes the ability to choose which widgets (i.e. complications) you see on the main face area, with options ranging from built-in Pixel Watch features such as battery level and various related items to health, to custom app shortcuts, to calendar information, and even a world clock in case you’re working with crawling creatures from around the world.
That alone was a huge time saving and productivity gain for me. But the best part is the face’s ability to seamlessly integrate with your phone’s notifications and emulate your Android phone’s status bar area – with simple icons showing which alerts are currently waiting for an update. easy ingestion at a glance.
You can always swipe up on the Pixel Watch screen to see or interact with any of these notifications, of course. But having that view at a glance is an invaluable addition and something so sensible for this shape, it’s almost shocking that other watch faces don’t offer it – especially once you get used to have him present.
Also true to the Android launcher analogy, the Pixel Minimal Watch Face is as customizable as it gets. The face settings area, which you can access by long-pressing the watch face itself once it’s installed, gives you control over everything from the size and number of widgets to the style of the watch face. clock and coloring of virtually all visible elements.
It’s both simple and powerful – and it’s refreshingly easy to use. It’s really what you’d think the out-of-the-box Pixel Watch environment would have been like.
The Pixel Minimal watch face is free download and try, though most of its more advanced customization options and controls require a one-time $3 upgrade to the app’s premium version (which is done through the app itself, through its phone-based companion ). And it’ll work on most Wear OS watches, too, so you can even bring its Googley-feelin’ Pixel vibe to a Nope– Wearable Pixel-Watch, if you’re so inspired.
All in all, this is a wonderful upgrade and an effortless addition that will completely change the way you experience your watch, whether you’ve always been a fan of Wear OS or are just getting started. to be won back.
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