May 23, 2015

GDG Watch Face

One of the great feature of Android Wear smart watches is that you can change your watch face (and even customize them). As I have been studying more about developing Android Wear apps, I decided to also read about creating Android Wear Watch Faces. After reading about designing and developing Watch Faces, I am proud to publish my first Android Wear Watch Face, the GDG Watch Face, on Google Play Store.

The GDG Watch Face on a round watch

GDG Watch Face brings the GDG (Google Developer Group) spirit into your wrist. The watch face is primarily an analog clock with the GDG logo in the middle. It also displays the date and a small digital clock (24-hour time for now). Users can customize the watch face by showing/hiding the date and by changing the colors of the hands (hour, minute, second) and hour markers.

Customizing the GDG Watch Face as shown from a square watch

I will be continuing development of the watch face, like adding more customizations and adding a mobile configuration app so you can update the watch face from your phone or tablet. If you have comments and suggestions, please let me know.

You may download GDG Watch Face on Google Play Store.

May 11, 2015

I/O 2015 and I/O 2015 Extended

Google I/O 2015 will be on May 28-29 at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. Google I/O is Google's annual developer conference, where they share the latest products and technologies.

If you won't be able to go attend I/O in person, you can watch the sessions live from the event website or you can attend one of the I/O Extended events near you. GDG Philippines is organizing Google I/O 2015 Extended Manila on May 28-29 too at Globe Corporate Showroom, Valero Telepark, No. 111 Valero Street, Makati. For registration and other details, check out our blog post and add GDG Philippines in your Google+ circles.

The schedule for Google I/O 2015 is now available at The schedule for the live-streamed sessions can be found here (Day 1) and here (Day 2)

April 22, 2015

Help Me

Last weekend (April 18-19), Celine and I joined Accenture Technology Talks & Hackathon 2015. The theme for the hackathon is public safety.

After fifteen hours of hacking, we were able to finish our app, Help Me. It is an emergency button application that allows you to send an SMS to your specified contact person with a click of a button. The message contains your last known GPS coordinates, as well as the nearest known place. The app will also continuously send SMS until you tap the "I am Safe" button.

Help Me Android App

Help Me also has an Android Wear app. You can use the wearable panic button application to send emergency SMS from your Android Wear Device. We were able to test this on Moto 360 and LG G Watch.

Help Me Android Wear App

You can download Help Me on Google Play Store. Let us know if you have comments and suggestions to the app.