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  • Android Wear 2.0 is released this fall

    New Android Wear Update - May 18, 2016 10:00:00 PM

    Standalone apps

    Probably the biggest addition to Wear 2.0 is the ability for apps to communicate directly over the Internet via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or (for the few watches that have it) cellular, rather than relying exclusively on a tethered phone or cloud syncing between your watch and your phone for communication.

    An API for complications

    hird parties have been able to make Android Wear watch faces for some time now, but the kind of information they can display is heavily dependent on the watch face itself—even with lots of options, it might be hard to find one that looks good and gives you the glance-able information you want. Wear 2.0 introduces a full-fledged API for complications, those little snippets of extra information on dumb watches (or on the Apple Watch, for that matter) that show you things like the current date or moon phases.

    A dinky keyboard and handwriting recognition

    ou can already kind-of-sort-of use your watch for texting and Hangouts and other communications now, but you mostly have to rely on sometimes-flaky voice dictation features and short, canned quick replies. Wear 2.0 adds two new input methods: a tiny little swipe-style keyboard that you can use to type and a handwriting recognition mode that lets you sketch out letters on your watch’s screen to spell out messages.

    Google Fit additions

    inally, Wear 2.0 makes a handful of Google Fit-related improvements intended to make Wear watches better fitness trackers. Some of these are really only of interest to developers—watch apps can automatically be notified and updated when Fit data changes, rather than having to query for updates constantly. But apps will also be able to detect when users begin walking, running, or biking, and they can use that information to automatically open the appropriate apps.

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  • Exciting new Android Wear features

    Wi-Fi support, always-on apps & gesture controls - Apr 20, 2015 12:00:00 AM

    The update, announced on the Google Blog, adds Wi-Fi support, always-on apps, gesture controls, new UI elements and the ability to draw emojis onscreen. Here's what you can look forward to.

    More at: http://www.wareable.com/android-wear/android-wear-update-wi-fi-support-gesture-controls-and-always-on-apps-1063

  • Android Wear 5.0.2 Update

    New Android Wear Update - Feb 20, 2015 12:00:00 AM

    Android Wear update improves Google Fit syncing, squashes bugs. More at: http://www.greenbot.com/article/2886279/android-wear-update-improves-google-fit-syncing-squashes-bugs.html

  • Android Wear Update

    Google is updating the wearable platform - Dec 11, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    Your Android Wear smartwatch is about to get smarter. Google is updating the wearable platform with new abilities, including animated watch faces and an undo command that lets you bring back dismissed notifications.

    http://mashable.com/2014/12/10/android-wear-upgrade/

  • LG G Watch For $99

    DEAL via The Google Play Store - Dec 9, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    DEAL: LG G Watch For $99 Via The Google Play Store, $50 Google Play Credit Included

    http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/11/deal-get-original-lg-g-watch-99-via-google-play-store-50-google-play-credit-included.html

  • Android Wear 5.0

    New Features For Companion App - Nov 11, 2014 10:00:00 PM

    The Android Wear companion app gets new Features und a the new Material Design.

    New main features: - Watch battery - Watch storage - Watchfaces can be choosen from mobile phone

    More at: http://phandroid.com/2014/11/11/android-wear-5-0-lollipop-features-revealed-smartwatch

  • ZenWatch

    New Android Wear watch - Nov 8, 2014 9:00:00 AM

    Asus To Begin Selling Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch In The U.S. Nov. 9.

  • LG Watch R on Google Play

    New Android Wear watch - Nov 7, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    LG's G Watch R started racking up solid reviews a couple weeks ago, but now you can actually buy one.

    The Android Wear-based smartwatch is available now through the Google Play Store for $299. AT&T is selling the LG Watch R as well, as announced earlier this week, but there's no benefit to purchasing through the carrier aside from being able to see the watch up close first.

  • Google Fit App For Android Wear

    New app for Android users to track fitness and health goals - Oct 29, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    Google Fit works with all of the company’s new Android Wear smartwatches. The company is looking to compete with Apple Inc.’s similar HealthKit service, which will run on the forthcoming Apple Watch as well as its iPhone line. Fit is available in the Play Store for any Android device running 4.0 and up.

  • Update Lets You Auto Hide Card Previews

    Android Wear App Update - Oct 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM

    Google began rolling out new Android Wear updates for a number of watches last week, and now its Wear companion app for Android is also getting some new features of its own — including the ability to automatically hide card previews to prevent them from spoiling your watch face.

  • Display issues with Android Wear apps

    Android Wear 4.4W2 - Oct 26, 2014 9:00:00 PM

    With the new Android Wear 4.4W2 Update there are troubles with displaying layouts. Devices with the selected language English have not the problem. If another language than English is selected, the problem occurs.

  • LG G Watch R

    Rolling Out Across the Globe - Oct 24, 2014 9:00:00 AM

    LG announced Friday that the G Watch R Android Wear smartwatch will be available for purchase at retail sites throughout Europe including countries such as France, Italy, Spain and the UK in the beginning of November, followed by key markets in North America, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) soon after.

    More at: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/wearables/news/lg-g-watch-r-with-android-wear-now-rolling-out-across-the-globe-611201

  • Android Wear 4.4W2

    New Android Wear version - Oct 20, 2014 2:00:00 PM

    Whats new:

    - new music control UI for wear, now including volume buttons

    - hide notifications to read them later

    - Offline music and GPS support

  • Android Wear Version 2.0

    Maybe to November 3rd - Oct 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    Android Wear may not be completely new but it is still a fledgling smartwatch OS. That begs the question of when exactly we might be able to see the next version of it hit our watches, bringing our Samsung Gear Live’s, our LG G Watches, and our Moto 360’s forward to Android Wear version 2.0. There has been some speculation on this already, and even at least one update that people were hoping to be 2.0 only to be slightly let down. According to Artem Russakovskii of Android Police who has a source that is seemingly familiar with situation and was also 1005 correct with yesterday’s Nexus announcements, the belief is that we might see Google drop Android Wear 2.0 by or sometime around November 3rd to possibly match up with the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

    More at: http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/10/november-3rd-may-bring-android-wear-version-2-0-existing-devices.html

  • Microsoft's Android Wear keyboard

    New keyboard for wear - Oct 13, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    Microsoft released a custom keyboard for Android Wear. Microsoft’s "analog keyboard" lets you enter text by drawing handwritten letters on a smartwatch screen. The keyboard supports square screens with a 320 x 320 resolution and the Moto 360, and you’re able to draw letters and even special characters and numbers freely.

    You can download the prototype here: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/default.aspx

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