Put on OS 5 breaks assist for older watch faces

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TL;DR

  • Outdated watch faces not designed with the Watch Face Format are usually not supported by Put on OS 5.
  • Customers on older Put on OS builds can hold their present watch faces in the meanwhile.
  • Upgrading an older watch to Put on OS 5 will break compatibility with older faces.

Hear, change is tough. Whether or not that’s beginning up at a brand new faculty, a brand new job, or in a brand new metropolis, it’s solely human to need to hold what you possibly can of what’s acquainted to you. However for Put on OS smartwatch customers, change is coming whether or not you prefer it or not, and your older watch faces might find yourself left by the wayside.

Google introduced Put on OS 5 again at Google I/O 2024 in Might, and at this time we noticed Samsung launch its Galaxy Watch 7, the primary {hardware} we’re seeing arrive operating the brand new software program (with One UI Watch 6.0 on high). That gained’t simply be joined by different new smartwatches, but additionally by older units receiving software program updates over the months to come back. And whereas Put on OS 5 guarantees to supply a lot to love, together with privateness enhancements and efficiency enhancements, it’s additionally going to interrupt assist for older watch faces.

The Watch Face Format (WFF) is Google’s new manner of constructing watch faces for Put on OS, launched over a 12 months in the past. The XML-based customary is meant to be simpler for creators to take care of long-term, however they’ve to truly undertake it within the first place. And should you’ve received a favourite older watch face that predates WFF, there’s an opportunity the creator might not get round to adapting it to the brand new format.

Right this moment, Google warns smartwatch followers about dropping entry to previous watch faces in Put on OS 5 (through 9to5Google). These constructed with the sooner Jetpack Watch Face library can nonetheless be used with smartwatches operating Put on OS 2, however Jetpack faces will not be discoverable once you decide up a brand new Put on OS 5 system. Upgrades shall be weak as nicely, and Google advises that not even making an attempt to revive an older backup will protect entry to those previous, incompatible faces as soon as a watch is up to date to Put on OS 5.

The excellent news, as you possibly can see in our video above, is that there are so much of very nice WFF choices, and the quantity is simply getting larger. Attempt to consider this much less as “dropping one thing previous” than “getting some strong encouragement to strive one thing new.” We’re positive yow will discover a greater than passable alternative.

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