To provide additional customization options to users of devices powered by the Android Wear operating system, Google has released 17 new watch faces to choose from.
Most of the new Android Wear watch faces are completely free to download and install, with only two out of the 17 new faces requiring users to pay $0.99.
The new watch faces feature a variety of designs, including a Japanese cartoon icon, a highly successful mobile game franchise and a long-running movie series.
The free watch faces are the following:
-Moods of Norway by Moods of Norway
-Hello Kitty Watch Face by Sanrio Inc.
-Time Will Come by Efva Attling Stockholm
-Rubik's Watch Face by Rubik's
-Angry Birds Aviator Watch Face by Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
-George Frost Watch Face by Lulu Frost
-Lulu Frost Watch Face by Lulu Frost
-Terminator Genisys Watch Face by Paramount Digital Entertainment
-Kevin Tong Watch Face by Kevin Tong Illustration
-TRIWA Watch Face by Triwa
-Rowley Wristwear by Cynthia Rowley
-Bang & Olufsen Watch Face by Bang & Olufsen
-Geox Watch Face by Geox S.p.A.
-Moomins Watch Face by Moomins Characters Oy Ltd.
-MUJI to Relax by Ryohin Keikaku Co. Ltd.
The $0.99 watch faces are the following:
-ANREALAGE Watch Face by ANREALAGE
-Gundam RX-78-2 Watch Face by Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
All the new watch faces will work with both circular and square wearable devices.
Even if the new watch faces are able to breathe new life into Android Wear devices, not everything is going great for wearables running on Google's operating system.
Google recently admitted that there is a bug within Android Wear 5.1.1 that is causing the batteries of the devices running the operating system to drain faster.
A representative for Google acknowledged the issue, adding that the company is currently working on a solution to the frustrating problem.
The devices that are affected by the battery drain issue include the Sony Smartwatch 3, the Samsung Gear Live, the LG G Watch, the LG G Watch R and the LG G Watch Urbane. The Moto 360 does not seem to be affected by the bug yet, but Motorola is soon releasing Android Wear 5.1.1 to the smartwatch, which could introduce the issue to the device if Google does not release a fix to the problem first.
It is not clear what is causing the batteries of the Android Wear 5.1.1 devices to drain faster, though there have been theories that the issue is linked to Google Play Services or Google Maps.