Locus extended screen, SmartWatch2 addon

mzperx shared this question 1 year ago
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Hello,


what is the future of the SmartWatch2 addon? Will it support more watches? I'm asking this because I'm thinking to buy a watch (Samsung Gear Live) which doesn't have GPS inside. This addon will be great for these watches where no GPS inside.

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Good day,


add-on already published on Google Play is made really just for SmartWatch2 watches. Anyway it's future is not bright.


Anyway we are already partially (currently not, but I believe we will start again) on alternative add-on for all devices that supports "Android Wear" technology. This add-on has separate topic here: http://help.locusmap.eu/topic/android-wear-support


Anyway even this second add-on has no big priority for now so it may take some time till it will be published as final version for common usage. Hope I gave you answer. Feel free to ask if something is not clear.

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Hi Menion,


thank you for your fast answer!

Because of your priority/limited resources do you plan to publish the source code of SmartWatch2 addon? In this case an external developer could continue the work to extend it to another watches.

I checked the Locus Public API and it seems to me that the features what the SmartWatch2 addon uses are not published, are it?

This is why it is not possible to develop an add-on that similar to the SmartWatch2 for an external developer. Do you agree it?

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Hi,

I think I had some confusion in my mind :). I thought that SW2 has Android Wear and the SW2 addon extension can run on Android Wear devices. Sorry for this misunderstanding!

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No problem, I though it :). Add-on for SW2 watches has really very low future, because Sony used on these watches private system that seems to be no more developed. Even new SW3 already use Android wear.


Anyway you have a interesting idea with publishing existing source code for Android Wear add-on. For now, it is closed source, but I'll be thinking about it. Just for your information, both add-ons (for SW2 or for Android wear) are based on current public version of Locus API, not on any private API.

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Hi Menion,


of course you are right! I tried out the Locus Sample and I extended it with getMapPreview() API call, it seems a good starting point for Locus screen extender on Android Wear.

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Hi,


Even if the future of SW2 addon is not bright, in terms of any further development, but please at least keep it working as is, it's very useful, for me it's a main reason to keep this watch. Addon features are good enough for regular use, no need to spend time on implementing new features, and it's stable, just don't break it, nor remove support for this watch from the application.


Thanks and best regards!

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Hello pepe, it works fine for You? Glad to hear it. We received quite a lot of negative feedbacks on Google Play that "it do not work". But maybe most of them are just because people expected that it's add-on for new Android Wear devices and not for this older SmartWatch2.

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Yes, it works perfectly, never failed for me. The quality of many other SW2 extensions is often questionable, some of them work "somehow", but often disconnect, close, or have lots of bugs. This one is just perfect.


My phone is LG G2 with stock KitKat 4.4.2.


I love this extension, very useful when riding a bicycle. Everybody, who is using it, should download vector maps, much easier to read on the watch screen.

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