Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Android Wear Gets Hello Kitty, Angry Birds Watch Faces

Android Wear smartwatch owners now have more ways to personalize their high-tech timepiece.

Google on Monday expanded its collection of Android Wear watch faces with 17 new additions that should suit a range of tastes. The new watch faces run the gamut, from the adorable characters of Angry Birds and Hello Kitty to more sophisticated styles from Cynthia Rowley, Lulu Frost, and Triwa.

There's also some fun new designs from brands and artists like Bang & Olufsen, Muji, and Kevin Tong. You can even download a Rubik's Cube-themed watch face, which presents the time, date, and location while twisting and turning like the puzzle itself.

Smartwatch owners can download new timepiece faces from Google Play.

With these new additions, Android Wear smartwatch owners now have more than 1,500 downloadable watch face options. Android Wear Product Marketing Manager Feng Yuan Xu said the collection offers tons of variety to help you "match any outfit, mood, or occasion."

"Whether you're into games or glamour, you're sure to find a watch face that lets you wear what you want," Xu wrote in a blog post.

In December, Google beefed up its selection with Despicable Me, Pac-Man, and Plants Vs. Zombies-themed watch faces, along with some more elegant options from Rebecca Minkoff, Craig Ward, and Hugh Turvey. The Web giant also recently added some new features to Android Wear-powered smartwatches, including Wi-Fi support and the ability to scroll through news and notifications with a flick of your wrist.

For more, see PCMag's reviews Android Wear watches like the Sony SmartWatch 3, LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, Motorola Moto 360, Samsung Gear Live, and Asus ZenWatch.

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