Designing-for-Android-WearConsidered as Google's entry into the consumer wearable electronics market, Android Wear has been successful in impressing the global Android consumer base. Based on Android KitKat, Android Wear has been specially designed for displaying interactive information which is fetched from applications that are running on Android operating system. Best suited for micro-interactions, Android Wear has been embraced by people who love staying connected with their near and dear ones via the World Wide Web. Allowing you to receive updates from the virtual world, Android Wear platform is definitely a must-try. If you are an Android app designer then you can always try your hands on designing great user experiences for customers who have chosen Android Wearables. Read on to find some remarkable UI patterns that you can follow for designing apps for Android Wearables.

Designing for Android Wear is different from designing for phones or tablets

Prior to getting into the details of best UI patterns that can be followed for designing apps for Android wearables, it is significant to know that Android wearables are actually tailor-made for the contextually smart and aware people. Instead of adhering to the conventional method of gathering input from users, Android wearables are fully aware about their current location and state and hence display the right piece of information at the right time. Yet another feature that makes designing for Android wear different from designing for Android smartphones/tablets is their glanceable nature. Since wearable devices are worn throughout the day, it is crucial for you to ascertain that the apps deliver optimum payload of information in the form of short and crisp snippets.

Now, let's come to the UI patterns that are popularly used for designing apps that can run smoothly on all Android Wearables

1. 2D UI pattern

2D-UI-patternOut of the stock of some commendable Google UI recipes, the 2D Picker pattern works as an excellent option for developing the UI of apps that need to run on Android wearable devices. Custom-made for Android Wear platform, 2D Picker Pattern works best when it comes to presenting very little information differently. You can choose to implement the 2D Picker pattern in your app's UI via a page grid,  which serves as the layout manager, allowing the users to scroll in a vertical and horizontal position across different app pages. You can simply add a GridViewPager element into the activity layout and opt for implementing the adapter via extension of the FragmentGridPAgerAdapter class.

2. Notification UI Patterns

Notifications form the core of an Android Wear experience. It is interesting to get familiar with the fact that a majority of Android Design guidelines have put a special focus on designing the notifications UI. While designing the notifications, you need to be familiar with all the interruptions that may tend to hamper your application's reputation. You need to eliminate useless text and instead use words and phrases. 

3. Create beautiful icons that need to appear for notifications available within the Context Stream


Designing an out-of-the-box icon for your app will allow you to get recognized among the target audience. You can opt for using the photo backgrounds for conveying vital information about the respective Android application. You can always avoid adding icons to the app pages.

4. Include 'Action Button' in case you are designing an app where the user is supposed to take an action

As a yet another remarkable UI pattern, you can choose to include the Action buttons which are system-generated and consist of a white icon that is set on a blue colored circular button with a short caption attached to it.  

5. Selection List pattern is a great choice

No Android application is deficient in a list of items. You can use the Selection List pattern for creating a simple list that is being optimized for convenient usage on devices with smaller screens. The Selection List pattern can be used throughout the system UI and allow users to access the list by simply swiping their finger on the cue card.


Although Android apps are robust enough in extending themselves beyond the boundaries of the aforementioned UI patterns, implementing these will definitely aid you in delivering applications that look stunning and function brilliantly on any and every Android wearable.

Author Bio: Victoria Brinsley is an Android developer for Appsted Ltd – a renowned Android app development services provider. You can opt to avail Android apps developer from India with her assistance, in case you are looking forward for the same.