I think it would be better to keep the screen always on when Locus Map for Android Wear is in map view or either use the ambient mode with a convenient refresh rate of the map.
it would be possible to add some kind of user settings to dynamically enable/disable "screen always on" behavior. But I think this setting does not even let the watch dim the screen so it is really battery intensive, so it might not be such a great idea but it is definitely doable.
Regarding the ambinet mode - the mode is already implemented and should be working for users who have Always-on screen enabled in system settings. The screen is allowed to dim but stays always on and receives update. As far as I know overriding system settings and force ambient mode is not possible if a user has it disabled in system settings.
If the ambient mode is not working for you or anybody reading this even though it is enabled through "Always-on screen" in display system settings then please report it as a bug as it should be working.
> Regarding the ambinet mode - the mode is already implemented and should be working for users who have Always-on screen enabled in system settings. [...] As far as I know overriding system settings and force ambient mode is not possible if a user has it disabled in system settings.
Sorry, you are right. I'm quite used to leave the AW screen always-on preference OFF (because when I need to tell the time I simply use the gesture) that I didn't notice that Locus actually already kept the screen on if you set Always-On to ON.
This is the screen that I get, in full colors (i.e. not black & white like some other apps), after a couple of seconds:
I guess that the "eye" icon on the top means ambient mode, right? However a setting on the Locus app without having to enable "Always-on" system wide may be an useful feature too (and it's the reason of this specific "idea" here).
yes, the screen in ambient mode is in normal colors with the "eye" icon on top. The battery drain is still quite significant in ambient mode when showing map, even though the screen backlight is dimmed. Keeping the screen fully on would be even worse I'm afraid.
> Keeping the screen fully on would be even worse
Of course! But if you are displaying a map it means that you want to know where you are, so the drain might be acceptable. However, what I was asking is to add an enable/disable screen wakelock (even "ambient" mode would be OK) directly in Locus when necessary, without having to enable it system-wide.
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