v8.68beta → Play
► NEW: add/remove/edit contacts from Wear Contact Cloud using the phone (long press bubbles to edit!)
► Revised homescreen widget configuration
The standalone widget app is also getting the beta!
WIDGETS (see animation below) [Samuel Nogradi]
► NEW FABs (floating action buttons) in cloud configuration screens: new way to add folders, tasker bubbles and later HTTP command bubbles
► Default group in icon picker shows all apps on phone. The ones already in the cloud are marked
► Tap icons in icon picker to toggle them (add + NEW: tap again to remove!)
► Removed option “Edit after add” (you can now double tap on icons to edit their bubbles)
► Tap and hold (or double tap) icons in icon picker to edit their bubbles (size, image, colors)
► Add all button moved next to the category dropdown, and it is hidden until low enough number of bubbles are shown to be added together
► And yes: HTTP Smart Home Control bubbles are coming to the Home Screen Widgets also (not in this release yet)
► New HTTP bubble symbol → light bulb
► Moved Tasker FAB to top in Wear Cloud Editor (this way it can be hidden if Tasker is not installed)
► Seconds hand is automatically turned on the first time you select an analog theme which includes a seconds hand [Anthony Padgett]
► Reduced complication text size to fit bubbles better [Anthony Padgett]
► Switched to using jobscheduler on the watch (less precise but recommended / required by new Android) → increased sampling frequency
► Keep wear contacts screen on for twice as long on the watch (was 20 seconds, now 40)
► Unread / total notification count LiveInfo bubbles were interchanged on the watch [An Vuong]
► Battery charged alarm did not go off if there was not watch-battery bubble on the watch [Hilary Adams]
► Custom icons got mixed up when editing bubble in Wear Cloud Editor (bug presented itself after Icon pack was applied)
► Contact picker had duplicate items if multiple groups were selected
► Wear contact cloud did not always sync to watch → now pressing the update/sync button will sync + show the contact cloud on the watch
► 2 crashes corrected in Wear Cloud Editor
► Crash when app needs to be updated but Play Store is not available on phone
► Crash in Wear Cloud Editor related to World Clock bubbles in custom layouts
This has been long overdue. The old FAB (floating action button) looked atrocious and made no sense. Having the “Add all” button as FAB also made little sense, since it could not be used unless you narrowed down the number of icons so they would all fit in the bubble cloud. As more and more things can be added to the bubble clouds, it’s better to use the FAB:
► Tasker bubbles
► Folder bubbles
► New: HTTP Smart Home Control bubbles (coming soon!)
I keep the old buttons for Tasker and Folder bubbles for backwards compatibility. And we still have the “Add All” button too, but it has been moved next to the category drop down – and it only shows if/when it can be used.
I used to get the question how to remove bubbles from a widget. Of course you can tap on the the pencil, then on the bubbles in the widget and use the trash can in the Bubble Edit dialog. But now there is hopefully a more intuitive way:
On the screen where we add bubbles, we can tap added bubbles to remove them. This Cloud Configuration screen now hightlights all the bubbles already in the cloud. We used to be able to tap multiple times on a bubble to make it bigger. Now long pressing the icons will bring up the Bubble Edit dialog and you can adjust the size of the bubble (double tapping does the same for compatibility: if you are in the habbit of tapping on bubbles multiple times to make them bigger, the sizing dialog will let you do just that). The long press of the icons used to show the app’s name. It’s displayed in the Bubble Edit dialog now, and you can press “Delete” (or the trash can) if you don’t want to add the item to the bubble cloud. Of course the same options work with Contact Bubble Clouds too.
Wear Contact Cloud
As a consequence the Contact picker got updated for the Wear Contact Cloud too. We can now:
► remove bubbles from the watch using the phone (earlier you had to press the trash can on the watch)
► change the size of the bubbles (press and hold to edit bubbles)
► change the bubble colors and images (to imported / cropped images or icons from icon packs)
…these were all not possible before.
I also did a little facelift for the overall Wear Contact Cloud experience, both configuration and use is a bit more streamlined.
As you can imagine, this is a ton of “under the hood” upgrades again. I have tested it on various devices, but your mileage may vary. Please report any bugs or issues so I can fix them quickly.