Android Wear

Your Android Wear smartwatch can now find your Android phone

Your Android Wear smartwatch can now find your Android phone

Losing a phone is the worst. Even if you just misplace it for a short time, the tense few minutes between the time you realize you’ve lost it — then find it — are just the worst. In searching, you might mumble “where’s my phone?” With a new update to Android Device Manager, that query might actually return a result, if you’re wearing an Android Wear device. A simple “Okay, Google. Start. Find my phone” will cause your smartwatch to locate your phone and make it ring.

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Tag Heuer smartwatch official, Google & Intel will help

Tag Heuer smartwatch official, Google & Intel will help

That rumored Tag Heuer smartwatch is now a reality. After a rumor surfaced late yesterday that both Intel and Google would be part of the deal, all parties involved today announced there would a be a luxury smartwatch from Tag Heuer. Google, Intel and Tag Heuer will work in unison to bring a luxury smartwatch to the world — and that’s all we know. Intel’s end in this is pretty evident (they’ll bring a SoC), and Google will come forward with software expertise on Android Wear.

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Developer discovers iOS related code in Android Wear 4.4W

Developer discovers iOS related code in Android Wear 4.4W

It seems that we might no longer need to rely on hacks or workarounds to get Android Wear devices to work with iPhones in the hopefully very near future. MohammadAG, developer of the popular Xposed Framework root mods (Android counterpart of iPhone's "jailbreak") revealed on Twitter that he stumbled upon something quite interesting in Android Wear 4.4W code. In it, he saw code named AncsHandler, referring to iOS' Apple Notification Center Service, which to him implies that Google itself might actually be working on bridging Android Wear and iOS already.

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Android Wear can now unofficially answer iPhone calls

Android Wear can now unofficially answer iPhone calls

The day when Android Wear smartwatches can work, depending on your definition of the word, with iPhones might soon be coming but, quite amusingly, neither Google nor Apple might have a direct hand in it. Continuing his rather impressive exploration of bridging the two worlds, developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh has released another video showing how an Android Wear smartwatch, again a Moto 360 in this case, can be used not just to inform the user that he or she has a phone call, but can actually also take action right then and there.

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Talking to Google about Street Art Project’s second wave

Talking to Google about Street Art Project’s second wave

Today Google expands on their "Google Street Art" project, bringing their collection started in 2014 to new, more massive heights. This expansion of works for the archive is being presented with several new "more immersive experiences," according to Google, "bringing street art to people's daily lives." a sort of a soft-launch of one outlet for this expansion appeared on Android Wear earlier this month.

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Research project puts Android Wear notifications on a mirror

Research project puts Android Wear notifications on a mirror

Smart mirrors, or mirrors that can display information such as weather, news, and whatnot, aren't exactly a novel idea. Some have even taken great pains to try and make this sci-fi dream a reality. That's not to say we won't be impressed once in a while by implementations, especially those that promise to hook up with devices that we already have in the house, or in our hands, or even our wrists. Redditor Nick Nothom did just that, with his own version of a smart mirror that connected with his Android Wear smartwatch.

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Google enters watch face market with Street Art

Google enters watch face market with Street Art

The first Google-made downloadable set of Android Wear watch faces has been released this week. Aside from the faces that come with every Android Wear device, Google has been mum on creating their own watch faces for the Android Wear line thus far. This piece of software called "Street Art watch face" breaks that silence with a wide variety of super talented artists. Included in this crew are members of the Google Art Project: Aitch, Andre Fernandes Trindade, Cheko, DRAW, and of course Drawing Jesus.

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Android Wear apps try to replicate Apple Watch launcher

Android Wear apps try to replicate Apple Watch launcher

Today we're having a look at apps like Bubble Cloud Widgets and "Pear" by UhrArt. We've covered UhrArt in brief before - today we're going to show how well a comparable looking - yet slightly more capable - launcher does at replicating Apple's UI. With Bubble Cloud Widgets, users are able to create an array of shortcuts to their favorite apps and settings - very similar to what Apple's UI does on the Apple Watch. Here we're still messing with a slightly less capable bit of animation, unfortunately.

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Android Wear reportedly getting WiFi support, gesture-driven features

Android Wear reportedly getting WiFi support, gesture-driven features

The Apple Watch went official yesterday, which was as much a foregone conclusion as it was exciting turn of events for Apple fans. Yesterday also meant the gloves came off in the wearable platform race, as Google took to YouTube, releasing a short Android Wear video apparently mocking the single hardware design of the Apple Watch. Now it seems Android Wear’s next update will take on a neat Apple Wear feature head-on, and support WiFi connections in addition to the Bluetooth link it already has.

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Android takes one last pre-event swipe at Apple Watch

Android takes one last pre-event swipe at Apple Watch

In the hours before the Apple Watch event today, Google released a video which suggests to users that they "Wear what you want." They refer, of course, to the Android Wear collection of smartwatches, being made by multiple different manufacturers and created in several different styles. Square or Circular, they show, Android Wear is made to fit many different sorts of fashions and looks. How this will compete with Apple's tried-and-true "one device to rule them all" sort of approach, we'll just have to wait and see.

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