October 25, 2016

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Android Wear 2.0 is bringing a lot of useful user-facing features, but it seems that there’s one as-yet-unreported change happening in the background with Wear 2.0 that might not be so well received.

According to one of Google’s Android Developer Advocates, Android Wear 2.0 will require completely standalone watch and phone apps, and abandons the system used since the first version of Android Wear that automatically installs Android Wear apps based on the apps you have on your phone.

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While many who pre-ordered the Pixel and Pixel XL from the US Google Store began receiving devices late last week, others are beginning to miss their delivery estimates. Some early buyers are now being told by Google that units won’t ship until mid-November due to the initial pre-order demand exceeding expectations.

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Following a rebrand of all their work offerings under G Suite, Google’s enterprise team has just released its first hardware device. The Jamboard is a digital whiteboard aimed at team collaboration with a 55-inch 4K display and integration with all of Google’s cloud offerings.

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We told you yesterday about the latest update to Google’s “Messenger” app, and at first glance the biggest changes looked to be visual. But now that we’ve had a chance to tear down the new APK and look at internal revisions over the last version, it’s pretty clear that the big change with this version isn’t aesthetic. It’s the beginnings of support for RCS…

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Google’s Pixel devices not only match the iPhone in terms of hardware and software being developed by one company, but also in pricing and manufacturing cost-to-sales-price ratio. A teardown by IHS notes that component cost for the Pixel XL is directly in line with the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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