We’d like to share some important announcements on the latest release of Watch Face Studio(WFS), v1.4.13 as below.
The target API Level has been changed to API Level 30 and higher. Watch Face Studio support WearOS 3 as well as WearOS 4. You can visit Overview page(here) for this contents.
1. Deprecated Functions
Lottie format for multimedia has been removed.
If an animation is desired, a supported format such as WebP or animation GIF may be used instead.
The features related to HR measurement including Tag expression, action and interval in Setting has been removed. (Tag expressions [HR] is still working)
Watch Face Studio v1.4.13 supports synchronizing the measured heart rate value with the value displayed on the screen. On Wear OS watch devices running API level 33 and higher or Galaxy Watch devices for Wear OS powered by Samsung, the “Open app” feature supports opening the health application to view heart rate information on those devices.
2. Change in Version Code Policy
WFS users are allowed to use the version code in a specific range from 0 to 999,999.
WFS tool will add the prefix of a digit to the front of the version code range.
For example, if user selects 100, the version code registered on Store will be 1,000,100.
3. Known Issue of analog hand component
On the device, when the watch screen turns on, it may be flashing the incorrect time shortly. The Fix on this known issue will be available soon.
You can visit Release Note(here) of Samsung Developer’s Watch Face Studio site to check the rest of the changes made in WFS v1.4.13.
[HR] Tags work. However, after setting up the watch, you must select another watch face and return to the original one face to make a measurement. This process is quite cumbersome, but I’m glad it’s linked to Samsung Health now. I hope the improved version will come out soon.
“Removed HR measurement including Tag expression, action and interval in Setting.”
I second you this seems to be very important issue about heart rate . Tag expressions for HR should not have been been removed. Will wait for few days before i update to new watch face studio. Plus change log doesnot tell much about how it would work in new WFS.
As much as I love the changes, I find that the circle complication is not very ideal.
I’d like to use the the SHORT_TEXT and RANGE_TYPE together, as many has requested. But the circle shape is not ideal because it limits spaces for the textboxes. A lot of the information will go out of bounds. I have to make the area so much larger, to accomodate the space inside, and this, in turn, will also overlay on top of other complications that I’ll be putting besides it. This is a problem because the Shape Box is also the complication area that will be used to click on.
This can cause misclicks.
If the Large Box shape can also support for the SHORT_TEXT Type, OR the Small Box could support the RANGE_TYPE, it will be much more practical.
This fix will be very appreciated.
Other than the HR issues reported, I have nothing else to report for now.
Yesterday I created a watchface with the new version of WFS. I insert a progress bar for steps in percent. It works … somehow. This morning I took the watch from the charging station, the percentage of the steps was still yesterday. It didn’t update. I had to change the WF, then it was zero percent.
I also do not understand the new function from the steps. You can choose your own step destination, as always or synchronize with Shealth. If I select synchronize with Shealth and I change the step in Shealth, nothing changes on the watch.