As of June 18, the popular Tizen and Wear OS watch face customization app Facer has been updated to version 4.6.0, delivering a wealth of interactive capabilities to users everywhere. That means that anybody who happens to own a Samsung Gear or Wear OS smartwatch can now tap the screen to accomplish anything from changing colors to launching apps. Of course, watch face designers on the platform will need to bundle the new features in before they'll be available on a given watch face. With that said, Facer is also its own platform for building those faces and any user who wants to take a swing at adding the new functionality to their own can try too.
As to what that functionality is, according to Facer developer Little Labs, Inc., there are five major interactions available. As mentioned above, the first of those is the ability to launch frequently used apps on the watch itself with just a tap. However, developers and watch designers can also implement taps as a way to restyle or toggle settings via the watch face. That includes swapping around colors or switching styles but other actions such as changing data modes can be implemented at a tap as well. Beyond that, the interactions can be used to simply initiate animations on the watch face, giving users a unique, informative, or fun experience. Mini-games can be implemented into the faces after the update too. Last but not least, those who design several products on Facer can cross-promote their other designs via interactions.
The update should be rolling out as of June 18 but could take a few days to hit everybody's devices so nobody should be too concerned if it hasn't landed for them just yet. In the meantime, all of Facer's previous features and functionality have remained intact. That means users can still build their own watch faces or browse user-created or designer-created faces to download. Some of those are paid while others are free but there's an enormous selection to choose from. What's more, the experience should be noticeably better since the update improves battery life when no connection to a smartphone can be established. It also squashes a bug associated with watch face lists appearing truncated for some users and implements various optimizations and other bug fixes. Finally, the sync speed between watch and smartphone has been improved with the latest update.