LG G Watch and Android Wear review: The smartwatch revolution has begun

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Smartwatches have been around for a couple of years now, but most consumers sat on the sidelines waiting for something more compelling. Watches like the WiMM One, Sony SmartWatches, and Galaxy Gears (now just Gear) were all okay, but they seemed to serve as appetizers for the main course. Why? Because they lacked consistency or a solid foundation. Plus, most people knew Google, not to mention Apple, had something up their sleeve.

Google did have something up their sleeve and it’s called Android Wear. A simple version of Android that allows developers to add code to their existing apps rather than creating something from scratch. Android Wear will also be free from manufacturer skins, which gives everyone a consistent user experience.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 17, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Android Wear

Google will release a custom watch face API for Android Wear soon, current watch faces may not work with it

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[APK Download] Google Maps now has richer biking navigation and voice input

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Google will release a custom watch face API for Android Wear soon, current watch faces may not work with it

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When Google released the Android Wear SDK at Google I/O a few weeks ago, we were told that custom watch faces weren’t supported. I was very disappointed, but very excited to actually see custom watch faces in the Play Store a week later. How was this possible? Well I am no developer, but there is some sort of workaround that is working pretty well.

Google’s Wayne Piekarski recently posted about this and mentioned that a custom watch API is in the works.  He also notes…

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 16, 2014

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Accessories

Samsung gets into mobile audio market with new Level portfolio

Apps

Amazon Prime Instant Video might finally come to Android devices

ESPN updates its fantasy football app with new push notifications and user interface

Chrome for Android updated with improved text rendering for non-mobile sites

Google Wallet updated with ability to store gift cards and more

DirecTV opens NFL Sunday Ticket to users without satellite service, but there is a catch

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Google Wallet updated with ability to store gift cards and more

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Google Wallet has been updated today with a couple of really nice features. As you know, Google Wallet already lets you store your loyalty cards, which makes things a lot easier. With this update, you can now store your gift cards for the same easy access. Just like loyalty cards, you can snap a picture of your gift card or enter the information from it in the app to store it. If you received an electronic version, you can click “Save to Google” directly from the e-gift. Once your gift card is in your Wallet, just show your phone to the cashier at checkout.

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The internet will be a safer place thanks to Google’s Project Zero

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Today, Google announced a new “well-staffed team called Project Zero.” Project Zero aims to put an end to targeted internet attacks such as those criminals or state-sponsored actors that try to infect your computer to steal information or monitor your activities.

Google is hiring the best security researchers who will devote 100% of their time towards improving security with all types of software. Google will also continue its tradition of transparency by filing each and every bug they discover in an external database. Before they become public, they will report the bugs to only the software vendor. After the bug is patched, it will become public.

This sounds like another sound Google project and if you think you might have the expertise to help Google, be sure to contact them because they are hiring now.

source: Google Online Security