Desmanto wrote:I never use android wear and actuallly thinking to buy one. But the price is still high, sometimes I wonder how can it be more expensive than my current phone.
Do you install Automagic too on Android wear? (I wonder if it is possible). If yes, then you probably can use adb to grant the write secure setting and use Automagic on Android Wear to set the setting. I actually still don't understand how all Automagic android wear actions communicate to the android wear itself.
BTW, how do you use Automagic with android wear in your daily flow? I am thinking to buy one if it can let say, show some notif from phone to the watch, execute flow from the watch and can be set with widget/multiple choices input dialog, or any other remote function. Currently i am using mi band 2, and it require additional app to communicate to Automagic. And the choice of remote function is very limited, as it only has one button.
Automagic has a Wear OS app. There is a Play Store on the watch where you can browse all apps made specifically for Wear OS. The watch will also list all the apps that match ones installed on your phone so you can easily install the ones you want. But they're not exactly like the phone versions, of course. They're mostly simplified or companion apps.
The Automagic app on Wear OS communicates both ways. The backend part allows all the Automagic actions that have "(Android Wear)" to make the watch do various things, such as displaying widgets, making it vibrate, showing a toast notification (so, yes to "show some notif from phone to the watch")
, or changing a system setting (but not global or secure settings sadly). The frontend app on the watch is a shortcut launcher. In Automagic on the phone, you have a "Shortcut (Android Wear)" trigger. You can use this trigger on as many flows as you want and then when you launch the app on your watch, it simply lists all of them by name (you name each shortcut) and you launch whichever one you want (so, yes to "execute flow from the watch")
. So you really have the ability to manually launch anything that Automagic can do, which means the possibilities are endless. I have it set up with actions that control my Philips Hue smart lights, but I honestly don't use it too often because I actually feel like it's quicker and easier to pick up my phone for that since I'm at home anyway. But I haven't used it for much else because I mostly use AM for automatically handling things and when I use it for manual actions/shortcuts, it's generally something that I'm going to be doing on the phone anyway so it doesn't make sense to launch it from the watch. However, some things I could think of using it for are a "find my phone" to make it ring or to make it ring like a rake phone call for when you want to get out of a meeting or some other interaction
I'm sure you can imagine up some good uses.
Also, you can
sideload any APK onto a Wear OS device, but since the screen is so small (and rounded in most cases), it is very
difficult to use any app that isn't designed for Wear OS. I had installed Magisk and Substratum on a previous watch to theme the UI with black backgrounds and just granting root to substratum and navigating substratum to install the overlays was difficult enough. Thankfully Google finally updated Wear OS a while back to use all black backgrounds out of the box, so that is no longer necessary.
As for remote function, not all watches only have one button. I have a Fossil Sport and it has two (plus a third with rotating crown, but the button can't be a shortcut since it's used as the home button and long press for Google Assistant). You could set any of the buttons to launch the AM shortcut launcher for quick access, but I personally have mine set up for Timer and Google Pay. Another thing to note is that watchfaces can be powerful too. There are a lot of watch faces available that let you add complications, one of which can be a shortcut to launch any app on the watch... so you see where I'm going with that.
Anyway, I believe all or most of Fossil's current Wear OS watches have the same button setup. I wish they'd add support for double and long-press though so we could have more shortcuts. But I'd definitely say they make the best overall Wear OS smartwatches if you're going to consider getting one. I'm not sure where you live, but you could go check them out their whole lineup at a Fossil store if there's one near you. That's what I did and it was really great. I realized the Sport looks so much better in person than in their renders online. And it's extremely lightweight and comfortable and surprisingly 'short' (doesn't stick up off the wrist so much). My previous smartwatches looked like hockey pucks. The performance and battery life blow my previous watches out of the water as well. It also has a really well-thought-out charging base that is designed so you can plop it on at any rotation and the contacts will connect (they're circular around the whole bottom of the watch). My past two watches had extremely finicky and annoying charging stands where you had to make sure the watch was on perfectly to connect.
But yeah, it is still difficult to justify the price of these things. I would say it's not really worth it, but I'm a geek for gadgets and fashion, so a watch gets my heavy interest, lol. I think I get enough use out of it and find it stylish enough that I am satisfied with the purchase, but there is still so much potential that the platform simply isn't reaching. I just really hope I don't wake up one day to an article about Google stopping development of Wear OS...
PS: That's cool about the Mi Band, I didn't know it could communicate with AM at all. I used to have the first generation Mi Fit band several years ago, but never got it connected with AM, haha.