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How to check if your phone will work with Android Wear

How to check if your phone will work with Android Wear

If you’ve been watching the I/O coverage this week, you have undoubtedly seen a few Android Wear smartwatches. If they’ve struck a chord, and you’d like to snap one up, there are ways to do so. If you’re not sure whether or not your phone can support Android Wear, there are a few easy ways to check.

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LG is making a Google Project Tango device for 2015

LG is making a Google Project Tango device for 2015

Google's Project Tango team is working with LG to release a commercial device based on the platform, expected to hit store shelves in 2015. The partnership, revealed at Google IO 2014 during a presentation from Google's ATAP team of skunkworks, will see LG follow the recently-launched Project Tango developer tablet with a version intended for the everyday consumer.

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Alphabet soup: Android “L” will have the best Moto X feature

Alphabet soup: Android “L” will have the best Moto X feature

With Android “L”, consumers will be getting a lot of small changes, but one stands out as immediately more useful. In the next version of Android, the “Ok Google Now” hot-word is coming to almost every screen, just about every time. Once relegated to the home screen, it’s now going to be available whenever you like. Sound familiar?

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Google and Samsung to bring KNOX security to Android L

Google and Samsung to bring KNOX security to Android L

Samsung may be seen as the black sheep of the Android OEM family, but this latest partnership shows it is still in Google's graces. The two will be working together to bring Samsung's KNOX security framework to all of Android land by the time the next "Android L" version hits devices.

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NVIDIA takes the initiative at Google I/O 2014

NVIDIA takes the initiative at Google I/O 2014

Google I/O has been full of goodies today, rolling out all sorts of news and devices (check out our tag portal for all the details). NVIDIA has been a pervasive presence at the show, though you mightn't noticed. The company's Tegra K1 lies at the center of many of Google's recent efforts.

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Android TV hands-on: Google TV reborn (and better)

Android TV hands-on: Google TV reborn (and better)

It's fair to say that Google TV wasn't exactly a triumph in the living room. Google's first attempt to dominate home entertainment turned out to be far too complicated and under-supported, and with hardware partners jumping ship, the project stalled. Now, Android TV has arrived to take a second shot at the domestic big-screen, and first impressions are surprisingly positive.

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Samsung Gear Live hands-on

Samsung Gear Live hands-on

Samsung's Gear Live was a surprise addition to the Android Wear lineup at Google I/O 2014, but with its roots firmly in the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Neo it's no great stretch for the Korean giant. As with Motorola and LG's watches, Google and its partners are playing things close to its chest when it comes to actually playing with the new smartwatch platform, but that doesn't mean I couldn't draw some early conclusions from my hands-on time.

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Here’s what Android L will look like

Here’s what Android L will look like

Google’s mobile operating system Android has been given an upgrade this week, moving from codeword "KitKat" to Android "L". Today we’re exploring what’s involved in Android L, showing especially what this new version of the software will look like to you, the end user. Android L is built with a new Google-made aesthetic called "Material", this replacing the "Holo" aesthetic present in the last several versions of the software.

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MOTO 360 hands-on: Android Wear on a concept made real

MOTO 360 hands-on: Android Wear on a concept made real

It can be tough to get excited sometimes in the consumer tech world, particularly in the "me-too" wearables segment, but MOTO 360 stands out like a concept made real. Motorola's Android Wear smartwatch will follow on behind LG and Samsung's models, and isn't due until sometime over the summer, but from my first impressions here at Google I/O it may well prove worth waiting for.

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LG G Watch hands-on: This is Android Wear

LG G Watch hands-on: This is Android Wear

Android Wear is one of the big announcements of Google I/O today, and one of the first to ship will be LG’s G Watch. Set to go up for preorder on Google Play today, priced at $229.99 and expected to ship on July 7th, we grabbed some early hands-on time and caught up on some of the design decisions with LG.

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Download Google’s strange DIY #cardboard experiment now

Download Google’s strange DIY #cardboard experiment now

One of the strangest hand-outs Google’s ever given to developers at Google I/O has been delivered today: a piece of cardboard. This cardboard folds out and works with a couple of lenses to deliver a sort of DIY-headset that sets your smartphone directly in front of your eyes. Even if you’re not amongst those lucky enough to get one of these oddities at Google I/O this week, you can make your own now.

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Nike+ Fuel opened to Google Fit

Nike+ Fuel opened to Google Fit

Nike has opened up its Fuel fitness metric to Google's new Google Fit platform, the search giant's take on Apple's HealthKit. The move, which follows Nike opening Nike+ to HealthKit as well as the sports company hedges its bets in the health wearable space, will allow Android users to integrate their Fuel scores into an overall fitness plan.

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