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Unread notification indicator count will be added to Android wear v2.9

Google has started thinking of how to update their recent released Android wear 2.8 to 2.9. The recent version 2.8 was released early this month but due to reason not disclosed they've they decided to roll out new version. Though the photos displayed above shows different interfaces of the new version that will be coming out.

Starting in Wear 2.9, a dot-style indicator (which was optional before) will be displayed by default at the bottom of watch faces to indicate you have unread notifications. Developers can customize the color of this indicator if the standard white color doesn't look good with a watch face. Developers can switch the indicator off or use the counter style, which is a more interesting option. The counter appears at the top of the watch face in the "system tray." There's also support for showing the counter in a custom location.

The other change detailed by Google is an improvement to the ComplicationDrawable class. This is a bit in the weeds for users, but developers will want to take note. In v2.9, complications will ask for permissions when selected from the settings (no custom code is needed anymore). There's also a new feature to draw watch faces more efficiently when they contain large images or icons.


This is all part of the new SDK 2.2.0, so developers can begin testing right now. It includes the final Android Wear Oreo emulator, which will take time to hit devices.

According to a new support page, Android Wear 2.9 is rolling out now. As long as your watch has some version of Android Wear 2.0, you should get it at some point (Oreo is not a requirement). via Android Developers Blog and Android Police