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Android Wear Emulator and ambient mode

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

How can I test ambient mode in Android Wear emulator?
I need to see how does my app render on different watches while in ambient mode.
Seems ambient mode is different on Moto 360 and Sony Smartwatch 3.

How to&Answers:

To test Ambient Mode in an emulator, you need to do the following:

  1. In the Emulator, Go to settings and Turn ON “Always-on Screen: ON”.
  2. While emulator window is active Press “F7” (F7 emulates the power button) then press the power button to turn on ambient mode.

Hope this helps.

Answer:

On recent Wear emulators you can just press the power button in the associated control panel. The power button within the emulator frame acts as a press on the main button, eg opening the list of apps.

Screenshot of emulator with power button in toolbar indicated

Answer:

Not your main question but hopefully this helps you in regards to the differences you’re seeing between the Moto 360 and SmartWatch 3 ambient modes:

I believe what you’re referring to is ambient mode versus low-bit ambient mode. Google covers some of it in their developer documentation but it doesn’t seem to be mentioned anywhere else. I did a huge write-up for the community based on my own research since I was frustrated with the lack of info (it’s mostly written from a consumer perspective though):

http://www.reddit.com/r/AndroidWear/comments/2qb3ia/clarifying_ambient_modes_everything_you_could/

Answer:

The latest Wear emulator lets you click in the top of the emulator window to toggle between full power and ambient modes (the shaded section in the screenshot).

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