June 28, 2016

PSA: Android Wear 1.5 rolling out to the Fossil Q Founder

Most watches have received the Android Wear 1.5 update at this point, but now we’ve spotted the first report of the update hitting the Fossil Q Founder. Still based on Android 6.0.1, the Android Wear 1.5 update contains just a few incremental tweaks…

March 1, 2016

PSA: Huawei Watch update to Android Wear 6.0 begins rolling out today

If you’re a Huawei Watch owner, you’re likely to be glad to hear this one: the latest version of Android Wear, bringing the software up to Marshmallow level, is set to roll out to the Chinese company’s flagship smartwatch offering beginning today…

April 21, 2015

Android Wear app updated w/ refreshed interface, support for multiple watches, more

After unveiling a handful of new features for Android Wear yesterday, Google this evening has started rolling out an updated version of the Android Wear companion app. The update prepares the app for many of the features revealed by Google yesterday, including WiFi support, wrist gestures, and always-on apps.

December 17, 2014

Inbox for Android updated w/ enhanced support for tablets and Android Wear

Google, as part of its Update Wednesday regiment, has started rolling out a new version of its Inbox app on Android. Inbox is Google’s latest attempt at making it easier to manage email. The app initially launched back in October and is still accessible by invite-only. Today’s update to Inbox adds a handful of notable features:

December 15, 2014

Netflix for Android updated w/ Social Recommendation feature, Android Wear support coming soon

Netflix announced in a blog post this evening that it is pushing out an update to its Android app with a handful of new features. First off, the update introduces a new “Social Recommendation” capability, which has been available on iOS for some time now. This feature allows users to easily and privately recommend shows […]

December 10, 2014

Developers: Official Android Wear watch face API now available

Following the announce of the next major version of Android Wear this morning, Google has today announced that the official API for Android Wear watch faces is available to developers. The company has also published a video to  help give some guidelines to developers on how to take advantage of the API and help them get started.

We’re pleased to announce that the official Android Wear Watch Face API is now available for developers. Watch faces give users even more ways to express their personal style, while creating an opportunity for developers to customize the most prominent UI feature of the watches. Watch faces have been the most requested feature from users and developers alike, and we can’t wait to see what you build for them.

Google asks that developers have their watch faces transitioned to the new API by January 31st, 2015, after which point Google says they plan to completely remove support for watch faces that aren’t built with the API.

You can check out the official watch face API over at the Google Developers website. You’ll need Android Studio 1.0.0 or higher, an Android device with version 4.3 (API level 18) or higher, and an Android Wear watch with version 5.0 (API level 21) or higher to start building faces.

October 21, 2014

Android Wear 4.4W.2 rolling out to LG G Watch, brings the beginnings of GPS and Offline music support

A new version of the Android Wear firmware is rolling out to the LG G Watch today, and with it comes what appears to be the first parts of some intriguing new features. These new features, including support for on-board GPS and offline music playback via Bluetooth, have long been promised to Android Wear users. […]

October 9, 2014

iHeartRadio support coming to Android Wear on October 15

iHeartRadio today announced that it plans to release an Android Wear app on October 15th. The company, which recently rebranded from Clear Channel to iHeartMedia, says that the app will support all current Android Wear devices.

July 9, 2014

Google Camera app gets remote shutter for Android Wear & more in latest update

Google has just updated its Camera app to version 2.3 and with it comes the ability for users to snap pictures remotely using only their Android Wear smartwatch. As first noted by AndroidPolice, once users open the updated app on their Android device, a connected Android Wear smartwatch will automatically present them with a shutter […]

August 4, 2014

WhatsApp beta gets Android Wear features including voice reply, stacked notifications, more

A beta update for the ridiculously popular WhatsApp messenger for Android has been released with official support for Android Wear, extending its wrist capabilities beyond just viewing and clearing notifications. Among the additions that are included in the update are stacked notifications, complete preview of received messages and, most importantly, the ability to reply to messages […]

August 6, 2014

Facebook Messenger adds Android Wear voice replies, conversation mute, more

In an announced by Facebook’s Ian Lake, an updated version of Messenger, version 9, will include lots of new Android Wear focused improvements. First on the list is voice replies. The update includes the ability to tap the reply button when a message comes in, and speak what you want to say. Also included is the […]

January 2, 2015

Hyundai’s upcoming Android Wear app lets you start, lock, and locate your car from your wrist

Hyundai has announced today that it’s working on an Android Wear app, marking another advancement in the next-generation of the company’s Blue Link system for monitoring and controlling your car remotely. The company says the the Blue Link Android app will be updated with Android Wear support at some point in “early 2015” and that […]

November 11, 2014

A closer look at upcoming Android Wear app update with Material Design

Google is slowly updating its apps with Material Design guidelines ahead of the widespread release of Android Lollipop, with the official Android Wear companion app the latest set to receive a makeover. This morning, leaked screenshots surfaced of both the new Android Wear app alongside the latest version of Google Play Services.

Android Wear 5.0 Lollipop leaked showing new watch face API, brightness settings, accessibility features

As we told you about earlier today, Phandroid seems to have gotten their hands on some unreleased Google software, and the leaks started with a new Material Design overhaul for the Android Wear companion app. This afternoon, we’ve now had a chance to peek at some of the more interesting ins and outs of the upcoming […]

November 18, 2014

Buy stuff with your voice using new Amazon app for Android Wear

Amazon has today updated its Android app to support Lollipop, but with the update comes a very nice surprise. With the newest version of the app, you can use your Android Wear device to make search for products, make purchases, and save things to your Wish List.

The app will work for anyone who’s on Android 4.3 or later and also has an Android Wear device—all you have to do is say “Start Amazon.” To get the Android Wear counterpart, all you have to do is update the Amazon app. As mentioned, today’s update also packs Android 5.0 Lollipop support and the usual bug fixes.

Here’s the full changelog:

* Includes the Amazon app for Android Wear. Customers with Android 4.3 and above in the US with an Android Wear watch can use their voice to search, buy and save shopping ideas to their Wish List. Just say “Start Amazon” from your Wear watch.
* Android Lollipop support.
* Bug fixes and improvements.

December 5, 2014

Microsoft’s ‘Bing Torque’ Android Wear voice assistant now works on your phone

A couple of months ago, Microsoft released a Bing-powered voice assistant app called Torque, and now the same app—which was previously only for Android Wear devices—can be activated at any time on your Android phone itself. The app works very similarly to Google’s own “OK Google” offering, but with a twist. Literally, you twist your wrist […]

December 10, 2014

Major Android Wear update with watch face API support, other improvements rolling out now

Google has begun rolling out an update (we assume version 5.0, but we won’t know for sure until we have our hands on it) for its Android Wear platform and, as expected, the update focuses primarily on the launch of the official watch face API while also bringing a handful of useful improvements to the […]

Facer updated to support Android Wear 5.0 and watch face API

Facer, a popular Android Wear app that lets you create your own watch faces, has today been updated (via Phandroid) to support the official watch face API part of the newly-released 5.0 update to Google’s wearable OS. The new API, which this update takes advantage of, allows faces to act more like a native watch face and […]

October 9, 2015

Report: Samsung pushing Marshmallow to most Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 4, and Note 5 variants

According to a report this morning out of the well-sourced SamMobile, the South Korea-based Android OEM is planing to push Android 6.0 Marshmallow to a whole slew of its most popular handsets. Among those making the initial list are most variants of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note […]

October 12, 2015

TAG Heuer teases its upcoming ‘Connected’ Android Wear smartwatch in new image

Mentions of TAG Heuer’s entry into the Android Wear market have been tossed around for a really long time now, but — as we learned just a couple of weeks ago — the device’s launch is finally right around the corner. We haven’t up to this point had any kind of peek at what the watch […]

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