Android Wear

Microsoft courts Android users with new Garage apps

Microsoft courts Android users with new Garage apps

Some would think hell might have frozen over this week. Just a few days ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella boldy and publicly proclaimed that Microsoft hearts (loves) Linux, after years of deriding not just the operating system itself but the whole open source culture that gave birth to it. Now the company seems to be trying to woo the Android crowd by highlighting not one but two Android apps plus an Android Wear app on its Microsoft Garage website. And these apps don't even have anything to do with any of the company's own apps and services. Well, except perhaps Bing.

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Android Wear update hitting the LG G Watch

Android Wear update hitting the LG G Watch

If you’re wearing an LG G Watch, you might want to check for an update. A firmware update is currently rolling out for the watch, bringing it to Android Wear 4.4W2. This new firmware for Android Wear brings in offline music support, as well as some GPS functionality. Those are two features Android Wear users have been waiting for for quite some time, and the G Watch — also technically the first Android Wear watch — is the first to get them.

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Google Glass update doesn’t play nice with Android Wear

Google Glass update doesn’t play nice with Android Wear

Google has just released updates to both its MyGlass companion app and the Google Glass XE22 firmware itself that adds the most requested feature of mirroring your phone's notifications. While it is a welcome change that makes the smart eyepiece a lot more useful for some people, it seems that the implementation hit a little snag. Aside from disabling notifications on an Android Wear smartwatch paired with the same phone, which is an explicit "feature", it apparently, hopefully accidentally, cuts off most, if not all, communication between the smartwatch and the smartphone as well.

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Microsoft Research has an analog Android Wear keyboard

Microsoft Research has an analog Android Wear keyboard

Perhaps Microsoft has really turned over a new leaf. It has lately been quite supportive of other platforms by bringing their software to iOS and Android, sometimes even on par with their native OS versions as well. Quite surprisingly, Microsoft recently updated OneNote to have support for Android Wear, probably not a technological miracle but a well-intentioned gesture nonetheless. Now it has an even bigger surprise, one that has literal gestures in it: an "analog" keyboard for Android Wear that doesn't have keys.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 headed to Verizon this month

Sony SmartWatch 3 headed to Verizon this month

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is just about ready to roll for the public, bouncing off Verizon in the United States later this month. This Android Wear-utilizing device will come to with a 1.63-inch 320 x 320 pixel display, connectivity to your Android device so long as it’s running KitKat, and full IP68 weatherproofing. That means you can bring it ALMOST anywhere the Xperia Z3v can go.

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Endomondo update brings Android Wear support

Endomondo update brings Android Wear support

Endomondo has pushed out a large update for its Android users, and with it comes many big changes, perhaps the most notable of them being support for Android Wear. Requests for such support have been extensive; joining the announcement is also integration for the Samsung Gear S, adding that wearable to the already-supported Gear 2/Neo and Gear Fit. The update is available now, and Endomondo promises that it has yet another integration in the pipeline, though for which device wasn't detailed.

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Android Wear watchface maker “Face for Wear” exits Beta

Android Wear watchface maker “Face for Wear” exits Beta

This week the folks behind Face for Wear have released their Android Wear smartwatch face-maker to the public. This app allows you to create your own unique face for Android Wear devices, opening the doors for creators everywhere. This will likely be a situation that’s less-than-necessary in the future whenever Google opens their official API to developers and the public, but for now you can go ahead and go with Face. The app costs a fee and some of the watch faces inside the app cost a fee as well - but at what cost fashion?

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LG CDMA watch passes FCC, may be for Verizon

LG CDMA watch passes FCC, may be for Verizon

When it comes to smartwatches, the mindset for some tends to gravitate toward ditching the smartphone. Connected wearables are nothing new, but the platform still doesn’t offer a full suite of apps and services to get us away from our pocket-ready slates. That’s not stopping LG, though, who appear to be working on a smartwatch that has a radio inside.

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