LCARS watch face for Android Wear

For the Star Trek fans: the LCARS inspired watch face for Sony Smartwatch 2 now has got an Android Wear incarnation.

GEAR LIVE WATCH USERS – please read the note at the end of this post.

Digital Android Wear watch face for Star Trek fans. Does not do anything special, but looks pretty good. The application contains two layouts – square and circular. Since the full LCARS interface doesn’t fit round screens in any way, the circular layout bases on its rounded keyboard. It’s possible to force use of the circular layout on square screens (settings in the companion application). For mentioned reasons it does not work the other way.

After installing the application wait about 30 seconds, and select the watch face either on your watch or in the companion application. You will not see the app in the app drawer.

CAUTION: Please make sure whether you have Android Wear 5.0.1 installed on your watch. This application is not supposed to work with older OS versions.

This application utilizes The Android Open Source Project code, (C) 2014 The Android Open Source Project, licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.

Star Trek and LCARS are registered trademarks of their respective owners. This free, non-commercial application has no association with them, and was made on the fandom request.

Download free from Google Play

Ideas, suggestions and bug reports please leave in comments below.

Gear Live watch users:

According to users’ reports, your watch still uses the old Google Play version, and is unable to connect to the phone. I regret to tell you, that there’s no longer a way to build applications for Google Play Services 6.5.+: Google no longer provides developers with proper resources. The oldest version available is 7.8.x. This means that, if you want LCARS to run on the Gear Live watch, you must use the latest version built for 6.5 version of Play Serices, which was 1.0.5. It’s almost a year old, and misses some features, but I can do nothing else to help you. I shared the archieve file here:

https://app.box.com/s/07c0z40czievlexiwspztwtkngjyzp4u

Please remember to uninstall the app you installed from the Play store first.

46 comments to LCARS watch face for Android Wear

  • C H  says:

    Ambient mode doesn’t work right on Moto 360. The background is shifted off from centered.

    • piotr  says:

      Could you please send a screenshot? nwg.piotr@gmail.com

    • piotr  says:

      The bug should be fixed now.

    • Eduardo  says:

      Really great. I like it. Greeting from a moto 360 user in argentina. One litte tip for my part. If you need to set up the watch face need start ANDROID WEAR APP in your Android smartphone. And set the watch face manually. In this moment I’m not encountered a issue. Run 100% perfect whitout overlapping.

      • piotr  says:

        Thank you very much for feedback.
        In February some issues might have occurred on Moto360, but they were (hopefully) fixed. To be honest, I only test the app on Moto360 emulator. Can not afford for buying every single watch. 🙂

  • frad  says:

    First thank you for a great watch face. It is a perfect lcars design. I just wanted to note one issue I found. When in ambient mode the peek card at the bottom is very hard to read because the text is over layed on the background. On some watch faces I’ve seen that the peek card blocks out the background in ambient mode and is easier to read. Here is a screenshot of the issue.

    http://goo.gl/jCfsAh

    • frad  says:

      Just a bit more info…here is an example watch face where the peek card in ambient mode is easier to read because it blocks the background directly behind the card
      http://goo.gl/vSCwXP

      This is one of the default watch faces that ship with the Sony smart watch 3. Ideally if your lcars watch face had an option to do the same that would be awesome. thanks!

      • piotr  says:

        Yes, I know what you mean. I didn’t care of cards in ambient mode so far, since I’m used to waking the screen up to read it. It’s possible to add the background to cards. I think I’ll find it in my bookmarks.

        • frad  says:

          Cool thanks! This is already my favorite watch face and I’ve given it 5 stars in Google play.

          • piotr  says:

            Thanks for it, and for 1.0.5 beta testing. The app with opaque background below cards has just been published.

  • Rey  says:

    would be kind to add mmore display options (battery life, signal force, weather…)
    And more customisation options.

    • piotr  says:

      The battery level and signal strength could be added if I knew where exactly place them on the screen. I need to think it through. About the weather info: I don’t think it makes sense. It never rains in space. I’m against all the watch faces that show every possible information packed on the screen. Half of them are just battery eaters.

      • Ben  says:

        This watch face is my favourite, I wear it all the time.
        For the battery indicator you could share the space where the seconds go. So the battery level is only shown when it’s in ambient mode. Hope that makes sense.

        • piotr  says:

          At the moment I’m fully focused on releasing the 1.0 version of the Rambler app. I promise to remember and add the battery indication as soon as possible.

      • Joseph  says:

        It never rain, but it showers, meteor showers, ☺

  • Adrian  says:

    I can’t seem to get this to work on my Samsung Gear 2 Neo. Suggestions?

    • piotr  says:

      Buy an Android Wear device. Your watch runs Tizen.

  • Kodiak  says:

    Can’t seem to make it work with ASUS ZenWatch.

    • piotr  says:

      No one reported so far. Wish I could check if it works, but ZenWatch is not yet being sold in Poland. :/

      • Matt  says:

        Works like a dream on my ASUS Zenwatch. This has got to be the best watch face on the market. Good show ol’ bean!

  • Olli  says:

    Hi,
    can I use it on my sony smartwatch 2? i try, but I cannot find it on my device.
    Thanks!
    Olli

  • Tony  says:

    Perhaps you could use the main brackets around the time to graphically indicate power level for watch and possibly phone while keeping the overall look authentic?
    Great job on this, you should be featured in the Sci-fi faces in Android wear

    • piotr  says:

      I’m just about to add the battery level, and need to decide where to place its graphical representation. Do you still think the brackets are the proper place? Any more ideas?

  • Yegor  says:

    Can you add an option to switch a stardate to standart gregorian?

    • piotr  says:

      Sure, it’s easy. I think it would be necessary to add both MM/DD/YY and DD/MM/YY formats. I’ll include it in the next update.


      Best regards,
      Piotr

      • Yegor  says:

        Thanks!

      • Yegor  says:

        Oh, one more thing. I think it is better to show date without year (MM.DD or DD.MM). There are not so much space =)

        • piotr  says:

          You’re right. I wrote “DD/MM/YY” just to emphasize the order. 🙂

  • mike  says:

    Can you make a version of this that works as a home screen widget ??

  • Ben Lee  says:

    Would it be possible to add a step count option (from Google Fit) to the watchface?

    Thanks for the great watchface 🙂

    • piotr  says:

      Hi,

      I’m afraid it’s impossible at the moment. I haven’t yet implemented Fit data into any of my watch faces, and it would take many hours. If I add steps counter to the Rambler Navigation one day, I may use the same code in another watch faces.

      Best regards,
      Piotr

      • Ben Lee  says:

        OK, thanks for the quick response.

  • piotr  says:

    Guys, just started working on the update to LCARS. If someone would like to submit more fixes / improvements / bugs, it’s the last minute. 🙂

  • Luis  says:

    Hello

    is there an Installation guide? I have the Samsung Gear S with the Note 5.

    Thank you

  • andrew  says:

    I have the gear live, app looks great, but its saying something api needs to be updated, but it runs, just every time I try and move screen or do anything it pops this up. any help would be awesome thanks!

    • piotr  says:

      Hi Andrew,

      It means exactly what you see: either your phone or your watch (or both) runs older Google Play services version than what the watch face was built for. Your devices should download proper versions automatically, but sometimes they fail doing this. Restarting your watch and phone usually resolves the issue.

      Best regards,
      Piotr

      • andrew  says:

        thank you for the quick response, sadly everything is up to date and running the most current versions, so I’m stuck I’m afraid.

        • andrew  says:

          hi, just checked it, the message is api connection failed.

          • piotr  says:

            Sorry, can do nothing about it, since it happens outside my app. It’s a Google Play Services related issue. The app only informs you it happens.

  • Patrick Rice  says:

    Love it and would use it lots…

    EXCEPT in the date field the font for a 6 is just like an 8 as the top curve loops round too far – insufficient gap.

    Therefore impossible to tell 2016 from 2018. Unusable for me for now as a result. Please look to fix so I can go back to using it. (Sony SmartWatch 3).

    • piotr  says:

      Sorry, it’s the most similar to LCARS free font for free app. If you’re unsure if it’s 2016 or 2018, I recommend using another watch face.

  • Kyle  says:

    I was wondering if you could smooth the animation transition from the federation logo to the clock.

    • Kyle  says:

      Note.

      It kind of flickers the federation logo out on the transition. I’m using the huawei watch.

  • jeareise  says:

    How is the Stardate calculated?

  • Steve  says:

    Month is showing August, not June.

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