Our expectations regarding smartwatches is vastly different from a few years back, when all we wanted/needed was for it to have notifications and monitor our activities. Now we expect them to have all the bells and whistles we get from our smartphones. When it comes to its look and feel, our wants have also evolved. We now want them to either be funkier or more like a traditional watch. Now, we also expect or watch faces to “entertain” us. Animated watch faces may do just that.
The app for smartwatches running on Android Wear (with a few exceptions) does just what its name says it does. It removes static watch faces and instead gives you animated ones. Currently, they have 24 themes and more will be added every week according to the developer. The app also gives you other information like the weather forecast, how much battery life is remaining, plus the date. Oh, and it also tells you the time! It has a 12 and 24 hour format which you can choose from.
You need to install the app on your connected smartphone first, then it will automatically install on your smartwatch too. You then need to activate it from the smartwatch itself. Long press on your watch face and then choose wear face collection. It is fully compatible with the following Android Wear devices: Samsung Galaxy Gear Live, LG G Watch, Motorola Moto 360, LG R watch, ASUS Zenwatch, and Sony smartwatch 3. It is not compatible with the first Samsung Gear and Gear 2.
You can download Animated watch faces for free from the Google Play Store. But since it is on freemium mode, you only get four free watch faces. To get the rest of the themes available, you have to pay in-app purchases.