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Google just gave Android Wear a feature jolt

Google just gave Android Wear a feature jolt

Whoa wait a second, you might be saying, what did Google just do for Android Wear? And where is my update? It's on the way, first of all - if you happen to have an LG Watch Urbane you should have the update already. If you have any other Android Wear watch, your update will be appearing this week. As for what Google actually released this morning - that's a bit more in-depth. It begins with a tale of drawings and emoji for everyone.

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The emoji you’ve been waiting for: on Android Wear

The emoji you’ve been waiting for: on Android Wear

Those smartwatch owners jealous of their yet-unworn opponent watches with emoji can rest easy. Emoji replies to messages are here for Android Wear devices. Thank goodness, you must be thinking. You've been seeing the emoji pop up on Twitter, you've seen them in Google Hangouts. You've seen them everywhere but the place where they'd be best utilized. Here they are, at last, on your wrist. This bit of functionality will work with a connected phone, be it direct or with Wi-fi.

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Android Wear trumps Apple Watch with “phone free” functionality

Android Wear trumps Apple Watch with “phone free” functionality

This week Google aims to disconnect the smartwatch from the phone - so to speak. Amongst a collection of features appearing on the newest Android Wear update, this week "phone free" functionality comes to the smartwatch. As long as your phone is online, connected with Wi-Fi or cellular data, and your smartwatch is connected to the web, they'll be able to function together. Time to leave your smartphone at home - for real, this time. Just so long as your Android Wear device can function in this way, of course.

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Sony Xperia Z4 unveiled without fuss or fanfare

Sony Xperia Z4 unveiled without fuss or fanfare

Sony is being strange lately, at least when it comes to its mobile devices. We already know that the Xperia Z4 would be coming soon, considering it was a no show at MWC last February even while the Xperia Z4 Tablet debuted with the name. The OEM seems to also flip flop on its position about releasing a flasghip once or twice a year. And now it just revealed the Xperia Z4 and, unlike its rivals in the market, it didn't even hold a special event to do so, which is a weird treatment of a flagship.

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Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana ported to Android by hackers

Apple may have been the first to bring a voice-powered digital assistant to smartphones with Siri, but Microsoft followed up in a big way with its own Cortana. Named after the AI companion from the Halo video game series, Cortana has been available on a number of Windows Phone models, and is expected to play a big part in the forthcoming Windows 10. Obviously, being a Microsoft creation, Cortana has been limited to Windows devices. That is, until a couple of hackers managed to bring her to Android.

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Adobe answers your ‘what about Android?’ question

Adobe answers your ‘what about Android?’ question

Sometimes, people forget. Even Developers. Once, people forgot about Dre, and it was a disaster. Lately, its Android that has fallen victim to being forgotten, and it sucks. Twitter has made several changes (and released new apps) that bypass Android altogether, and Meerkat is just now making its way to Android. Adobe, who make a series of apps for creative minds who like to use mobile devices and platforms, have also been accused of forgetting about Android. In a blog post, they assure us all they have not.

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Halo won’t hit Android any time soon

Halo won’t hit Android any time soon

It should come as no surprise that Microsoft wasn't about to release their full-fledged first-person shooter Halo game to the mobile universe straight away. Instead - as was planned and on the books for months - the first Halo game to be released to the mobile universe was Halo: Spartan Strike, and it was released for Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox One and 360 all at the same time. Now we're seeing both that game and the new Halo: Spartan Assault appear for iOS, PC, and Xbox One all at the same time.

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Baidu’s Android-based smartwatch OS gets a landing page

Baidu’s Android-based smartwatch OS gets a landing page

Google might be the household name in web search and services globally, but in China, Baidu has more clout. As if to take that competition one notch higher, Baidu is teasing some details about a smartwatch operating system that, while based on Android as well, is set to compete with Google's own Android Wear platform. Dubbed the DuWear, this smartwatch OS promises functionality similar to Android Wear and then some, naturally integrating with Baidu's own products and services, and even running on existing Android Wear devices.

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Google search on Android now shows even uninstalled apps

Google search on Android now shows even uninstalled apps

Google has been slowly, very slowly, spreading its App Indexing feature on Android in order to help users discover which Android apps possess content related to what they are looking for. However, that feature had one significant limitation. It only showed results from apps that are already installed on the device. Well, not anymore. Google has just opened up the doors to have indexing work even for apps that are not yet installed on the device, which makes discovery really an act of discovery instead of guesswork.

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Field Trip update brings contextual cool to Android Wear

Field Trip update brings contextual cool to Android Wear

Google’s Niantic Labs, responsible for Ingress and Field Trip, have launched a new version of Field Trip that fully supports Android Wear devices. With a simple glance at your smartwatch, you can now get contextual information on a location or landmark you may be near. The information all comes via the Field Trip app for Android, and offers the full breadth of information you’d get via your phone — on your watch. The update has already made its way to the app.

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