April 27

Update: With the launch of the Urbane and price drops for the LG G Watch R, Google is no longer selling the LG G Watch on the Google Store.

As expected, LG’s Watch Urbane is now available via the Google Store for $349 in gold and silver variants. The Watch Urbane is similar to the G Watch R, but with a nicer, more high-end design. The device is made entirely out of metal and comes with a single leather band. For the gold model, the leather band is brown, while the silver model includes a black leather band.

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SwiftKey today announced and released its first app part of a new initiative called the SwiftKey Greenhouse. The company wants to do some experimenting with new software, and they want to make a place “where [they] can seed ideas and help them grow.” The new initiative is off to a good start, as I’ve found out, because its first project—called Clarity—is a great, unique new attempt at a mobile keyboard… expand full story


Facebook continues to add new capabilities to its Messenger app today with the launch of a new video calling feature. A new video icon at the top of conversation threads will initiate a call, allowing participants to communicate across platforms over Wi-Fi or LTE connections.

The addition puts Facebook in competition with Google’s Hangouts, Microsoft’s Skype, and other similar services. Interestingly, web-based video chat has been available on the desktop for some time, and was previously powered by Skype.

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