Facer updated to 3.0 w/ support for Tizen watches, new Android Wear watches, more


If you have an Android Wear watch (or an Apple Watch, for that matter), you might have heard of Facer. It’s one of the most powerful apps for creating custom watch faces for your smartwatch. Now, the app is getting a significant update to version 3.0, bringing support for Tizen smartwatches like the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3, more Android Wear watches, and more new features…

First up is support for Tizen-based smartwatches, as outlined in Facer’s post about the update on Medium:

Already the largest watch face platform with almost 1M installs, 15k watch faces, 6k designers, and millions of daily watch face interactions, Facer is now extending its distribution network to millions of new users by adding support for Tizen powered smartwatches.

Not only is the update bringing Facer to Tizen, but the company also notes that Gear S3 owners will be able to use its always-on mode with Facer faces. This means a huge new gallery of faces from the platform can now be displayed via your Gear S3 in full-color — and they stay active on the watch fface as long as you want them to.

While Facer has long been available for Android Wear, this update to 3.0 marks the app’s release for a whole bunch of new watches. From version 3.0.1 and on, Facer is compatible with Nixon Mission, Polar M600, Michael Kors, Asus ZenWatch 3, and Moto 360 Sport.

Beyond watch compatiblity, the update also packs a bunch of useful new features like improved onboarding, a new watch connection status system, improved syncing animations, bug fixes, and more. There’s also a new “Color Match” feature for themable faces, which allows you to change the color of these faces to match the color of just about anything you can take a picture of — like your clothing for instance. As long as your watch face is compatible, this will allow you to quickly re-theme it to match your outfit.

Here’s the full change log:

New in Facer 3.0.2
* Removed unnecessary mic permission (camera one is needed for Color Match feature)
* Fixed possible crash on Tizen connection
New in Facer 3.0.1
* Support for all new Android Wear watches
* Support for Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3
* Introducing Color Match for Themeable faces
* Improved onboarding experience
* New watch connection status system
* Improved watch syncing animations
* Faster store loading speed
* Misc. bug fixes and optimizations

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