Google hopes to crowdsource Android Wear watch face designs from you and your friends

android wear watch face contest 2 0 main
Getting a job at Google may be hard, but getting your design featured on the company’s new Fall Android Wear watch? Alright fine — that’ll be hard, too. But here’s your chance.

This year, the tech giant is hoping to call upon the creative power of the masses to crowdsource a unique watch face design, which will be featured on Google’s wearable. Thanks to a new partnership between Paper magazine and Android Wear, you’ll be able to partake in a social media competition that involves a “global search for unique watch face designs.”

Google has often turned to external parties to come up with the aesthetics behind faces. Collaborations with Zoe Jordan, Rebecca Minkoff, and Ted Baker have yielded successful results, but this time, you don’t have to be a major fashion house to catch Google’s eye. Really, you just have to have a good idea — but be warned, it’ll need to be an extremely good idea.

“Whether you’re a design student or just a fashion lover, this is your chance to free your inner designer,” Paper said in its announcement. “No need to be a computer whiz: Snap a picture, sketch on a napkin, play with fabric, paint on canvas… If it inspires you, we want to see it!”

Ideas will be judged by an impressive panel that includes designer Cynthia Rowley, style icon Jenné Lombardo, Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter, Android Wear designer Morten Just, and Paper’s Editorial Director Mickey Boardman. So if your design is the one selected, rest assured that it’ll be blessed by some of the most influential folks in the business.

In total, five concepts will be chosen to become “fully functioning Android Wear watch faces, made available for Android and iOS users to download and featured in Android Wear’s fall fashion collection.” And one lucky grand prize winner will receive a mentorship with one of the judges, a trip to Paris Fashion Week, and obviously, an Android Wear watch.

You’ve got until September 15 to enter, and all you need to do is post your design to Instagram with the hashtags #AndroidWear and #WearWhatYouWant.

Product Review

This featherweight Fossil might be the lean smartwatch you've been waiting for

Fossil has released its first-ever smartwatch featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100. For $255, it comes equipped with a heart-rate sensor, built-in GPS, and more, but does the Fossil Sport live up to the hype? We take a closer look.
Wearables

Google's Wear OS update 'H' promises battery life improvements

Google has rebranded its Android Wear operating system to Wear OS. Removing the Android name may help people better understand Google-powered smartwatches, which also play nice with iOS devices. 
Mobile

The 100 best Android apps turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

Choosing which apps to download is tricky, especially given how enormous and cluttered the Google Play Store has become. We rounded up 100 of the best Android apps and divided them neatly, with each suited for a different occasion.
Wearables

Check out 25 of the best Wear OS apps for your smartwatch

Looking for some ways to spruce up that new Android smartwatch of yours? Here are the best Wear OS apps to download and use with any Android smartwatch, including a few specially enhanced for Wear OS 2.0.
Mobile

The world’s first smartglasses showrooms open in Brooklyn and Toronto

Canadian startup North is hoping smartglasses will be the next big wearable. After announcing its new Focals smartglasses in October, the company opened product showrooms in Brooklyn and Toronto.
Deals

Here are the best Apple Watch and Fitbit Versa deals for Black Friday

Apple products are the most sought-after products for Black Friday, the leaked preview ads show what discounts retailers will have for the Apple Watch Series 3 and other smartwatches, such as the Fitbit Versa, this holiday season.
Product Review

With style and feature upgrades, Misfit's next-generation Vapor 2 gets it right

Misfit’s next-generation smartwatch, the Vapor 2, packs built-in GPS, a heart-rate sensor, and more, into a beautiful design that starts from $250. We take a closer look at the company's latest device.
Music

Music to our ears: Spotify at long last arrives on the Apple Watch

Spotify subscribers are now able to jam out to their favorite tunes on their favorite workout accessory, as the Swedish streaming service has finally released its official Apple Watch app.
Health & Fitness

Withings new Pulse HR is a customizable, connected fitness tracker

Inspired by Withings first ever fitness tracker the Pulse, the new Pulse HR is updated with the latest in fitness tracker technology including smart notifications, 24/7 heart rate tracking, and more.
Emerging Tech

Believe it or not, this fire-proof exoskeleton isn’t designed for space marines

A company called Levitate Technologies has developed a fire-resistant upper body exoskeleton that’s capable of lowering exertion levels by up to 80 percent when you carry out manual work.
Mobile

The Motiv smart ring is coming to 20 more countries and physical stores

Remember Motiv's activity tracking smart ring? It's back with a raft of new features that adds biometric identification and token authentication, all on a device that fits on your finger.
Wearables

Everything you need to know about Garmin’s GPS watches and trackers

Garmin jumped into the GPS smartwatch and fitness tracker market five years ago and has built a portfolio of devices that rivals competitor Fitbit. Here's your guide to the latest and greatest fitness devices that Garmin has to offer.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…