Can vs Should: Minecraft on an Android Wear watch demoed

Can vs Should: Minecraft on an Android Wear watch demoed
When a software developer/hacker/scientist gets bored, the question of could vs should can often go out the window. The classic example is obviously from Jurassic Park and whether it was a good idea to create dinosaurs, just because you could. Today, we've gotten another example from Corbin Davenport, who decided to see what would happen when he sideloaded Minecraft on an Android Wear device.

Davenport obviously used Minecraft Pocket Edition, and interestingly enough, it didn't require anything fancy to get the game working, and the game runs fairly well. Android's responsive design lets the game scale down to the 320 x 320 display without any problems, and the Snapdragon 400 runs the game reasonably well, though there is some obvious lag. The only reason the game isn't exactly "playable" on the Samsung Gear Live is because the display is far too small for the touch input required to play.

Surprisingly, this is actually not the first time that Minecraft Pocket Edition has been loaded onto a smartwatch. We did a quick Google search and found that two years ago, a few different people loaded Minecraft PE onto a MOTOACTV smartwatch. The game didn't run as smoothly, but it did work. 

At the end of the day, sure, you can load Minecraft on your watch, if you want. But, we'd suggest that maybe it is better to save devices for their best use case, meaning play Minecraft on your computer, console, or tablet, and use your Android Wear watch for your crafting guide.

source: Pocket-lint



1. Malki

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

the beauty of android os :)

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

No........but cool that it was possible

3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Microsoft owned minecraft on Android ware

4. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

aww no doom?

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

My fav...

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is. But the screen is just too small. I even have some other games on my Gear Live. Its cool and neat to show off, but in reality its just a resource and battery hog running games like that on Android Wear.

6. Elfmonster unregistered

Excellent headline btw

8. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

awwww yeah, i love Android. i love it i could play minecraft on my Futuristic-Watch, so i can ditch my phone eventually. thanks!

9. iamdarqueza

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 30, 2014

I already sideloaded a minecraft on my galaxy gear when it was running on android

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