Android Watch face app Facer updates with Material Design, but no one can use it

Android Watch face app Facer updates with Material Design, but no one can use it
While there is an impressive array of Android Wear watch faces in the Google Play Store, there is an enormous world of watch face options that exist outside of that official channel. You'll find those rogue watch faces on FaceRepo, and one of the more popular apps used to manage and install those sideloaded watch faces is called Facer. Facer has pushed an odd update today that brings Material Design, but no one can use it.

See, Facer jumped the gun a bit, and has made its new update compatible with Android Wear 5.0. The trouble is that because the Lollipop update hasn't even started rolling out to Android smartwatches yet, this update is useless to just about everyone. If you use Facer, be sure your phone doesn't automatically pull this update too soon, or else you'll lose the ability to manage or edit your watch faces until your hardware gets the Android 5.0 push. And, even if you don't use Facer, but want to, it's best to wait on installing it until after you get the OS update on your watch. 

Once you have gotten the Android Wear update, feel free to grab Facer, because it is a pretty sweet app. You can browse FaceRepo in the app, find faces optimized for either square or round watches, install them, and even customize the faces to an incredible degree. You can use the app to create your own watch face, or edit the layout, colors, etc. of an existing watch face. 

Facer is also incredibly useful if you want to grab watch faces that have been banned from the Play Store for trademark or copyright infringement (not that we or Facer encourage such activities.) FaceRepo is where those banned Rolex or Mickey Mouse faces go when Google boots them; though, again, we obviously don't condone copyright infringement. 

Download: Facer (repeat warning: Do not download until your watch is running Android 5.0W)



1. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Two things. First, the Android Wear 5.0 update has started rolling out. Second, Facer updated the update to allow use on pre- Android Wear 5.0 devices.

2. donphone

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Question for those using Android Wear Smartwatches, what do you prefer Facer or WatchMaker and why? I'm currently using WatchMaker.

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I only downloaded Facer today, and I have no experience with WatchMaker. I was waiting for today's update to see about getting other watch faces.

4. QwertyMcGiblets

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I prefer WatchMaker. There's nothing wrong with Facer... I just feel like I have more options and control with WatchMaker. Plus the how involved the developers are with the community is very impressive.

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