You can now try out Android Wear on your computer — without an actual smartwatch. How? This is what we will be telling you in the tutorial below. Google has recently announced Android Wear. Android Wear is Google’s perspective on what wearable devices should be. The Android Wear Project has been kicked off with the announcement of Moto 360 from Motorola. This is just the start, Google says, we have only scratched the surface.
Moto 360 has been showed of in a video where it is running Android Wear and shows how it will get attached to your practical work and make you productive. Glanceable information is the key and Google has made Android Wear much similar to Google Now. Right now, you can’t get your hands on any wearable device running Android Wear because none of them has released yet, but you can try it out now on your computer.
This is just an emulator for developers that lets you preview the basic features of Android Wear. If you want the full experience, you should wait for the actual release of wearable devices running on Android Wear as the emulator leaves out several main features. Let’s continue on how to try out Android Wear on your computer now.
How to Install Android Wear Emulator on Computer
Here is a simple guide with a step-by-step tutorial on how to try out Android Wear on your computer. We’d recommend you go through the entire tutorial once before actually performing it.
Complete Step-By-Step Guide:
NOTE: Please follow and install Android SDK (Android 4.4.2 KitKat) on your computer using the tutorial. All the Android Wear SDK steps below follow the process after installing and setting up the main Android SDK.
Step 1 – Update your Android SDK to 22.6 or higher in order for the Android Wear image to be visible in your Android SDK Manager. Update it by opening “SDK Manager” and installing all the updates available.
Step 2 – Close the Android SDK Manager window after it has been updated and open it again. You will now see Android Wear ARM EABI v7a System Image pop up under the Android 4.4.2 (API 19) folder. Select that and click on Update.
Step 3 – You would be greeted with a confirmation window. Just select Accept License and click on Install.
Step 4 – Sit back while the System Image is being downloaded. Once it finishes download, it will automatically install it for you.
Step 5 – Run the “AVD Manager” present in your SDK installation folder. Now click on New and create a virtual device with details as in the screenshot below.
NOTE: We will be using a Square display for our tutorial, however you can create a round one by selecting Android Wear Round in Device: Dropdown. Use default value for “Max VM application heap”.
Step 6 – Click OK on the result window.
Step 7 – Now, select the virtual device you just created from the list and click on Start.
Step 8 – The emulator will start after a few Command Prompt windows flicker and then you will see the following screen where your Android Wear will be booting up.
NOTE: This may take up a few minutes long to start — so don’t worry. It doesn’t freeze!
Step 9 – Once your device is on, you would probably greeted by this screen which indicates you have successfully completed the Emulator install.
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