Future of the companion app for WearOS 2022+?

Thorsten Ivers shared this question 6 months ago
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Dear developer team,


first of all: I love Locus Map.


But I would like to know if anything will change in the medium term regarding the companion app for WearOS. As far as I can tell, it hasn't been developed in years. This is especially a pity because there has been a lot of development going on in all the other parts recently.


Suggestions for improvement, such as displaying the estimated time of arrival or distance to destination, I could find in the forum, but somehow nothing happened then. Such a kind of mini-dashboard would be desirable from my point of view. Unfortunately, it must be said that the companion apps from other navigation programs, such as Komoot, seem a bit more up-to-date.


About a response I am pleased. Thanks in any case for the basically good work, Thorsten

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Hello Thorsten,

I'm trying for a few months already, to publish a new version on Google Play, but I was not a success so far.

Anyway, these updates contain mainly fixes and only minor improvements.

Bigger plans regarding the Wear add-on are not this year the table. I'm still unsure about the future of the Wear platform so I want to keep the add-on updated and working, but without bigger changes. Thanks for understanding.

Jiří M. aka Menion

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Hello Jiří,


thank you for your quick reply.


It's a pity to read that there are no further plans for the Wear platform. No problem with navigation on the bike - you don't look at the smartwatch all the time. It's quite different when you're hiking - you don't look at your smartphone all the time.


But no matter. I understand that you have to set priorities and accents in the development. But if you feel like it and have time to develop, I have a few good ideas (from my point of view) ;-)


Have a nice week, Thorsten

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I think you should post your ideas as feature request in this help desk so:

  • you don't risk to forget them (example)
  • other people may vote them and the developers - in the future - could plan what to implement first (provided that they want)

I had a TicWatch S2 with Wear OS 2 for more than 2 years and used Locus Wear companion app when hiking; about a month ago I bought a Galaxy Wear 4 with Wear OS 3.2 and Locus Wear still works correctly to show the map and pause/resume recordings (very useful when hiking).

I think that even though some developers "abandoned" Wear OS (such as Telegram, unfortunately) the market may rise again as these devices are getting discounts and Wear OS 3 seems to run much more smoothly than the previous (also due to newer hardware of course).

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