Google employee encourages Android Wear app developers to reach out for support

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Louis Gray, head of Google Developers Live, has made a post on his Google+ page directed toward developers of Android Wear.

Here’s what he had to say:

Developers, have you created an app you would like to get in the hands of the first wave of Android Wear users? If you have, we’d like to see what you’ve built.

Early participants can gain direct design and product feedback from our team, and possibly, higher visibility from exposure at I/O, our collections and in the Google Play store. Send us an email with a link to your APK and, optionally, open source code to wear-apps@android.com.

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LG G3 QuickWindow case functions leak

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The image that you are looking at is a little taste of what the LG G3 and its QuickWindow case will have to offer. As last year’s did, the QuickWindow case allows for a small preview to be displayed through a cutout on the front. Last year, the LG G2 had a rectangular cutout and this year it seems to be a circle. This leak shows us some of the functions available. » Read the rest

Design aficionado Ivy Ross to head Google Glass team May 19

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Google will be bringing in a new mind to head the Glass team, and she might not be what you would have expected.

Ivy Ross, who previously worked with major companies involved in design and self-branding (Calvin Klein, Swatch, Coach, Mattel, Bausch & Lomb, Gap and Art.com) will be leading the project come this Monday.

She certainly brings a different angle to the project, and many would argue it’s exactly what Google needs. The search giant needs to find a way to make Glass “cool,” and Ross might be the perfect person to do that. You can expect lots of future partnerships between Google and major fashion/accessory companies, much like what we’ve seen from the partnership with the  Luxottica Group (includes Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue-Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli and Arnette).

It may take some time, but Glass will make its way to the mainstream eventually, and Ross will certainly help to speed up that process.

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Samsung device information leaks for upcoming S5 Prime, Mega 2, S5 Active, Gear Solo

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Today we have a ton of Samsung information regarding new releases, colors, and availability.

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime (a higher-end Galaxy S5) will have a model number of SM-G901 instead of the previously rumored SM-G906, and will come in blue, black, white and gold in Europe. It is possible that both are variants of the same phone for different markets, however.

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Samsung external battery pack raises the design bar for accessories

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When Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 last year, one of the new design cues was the faux leather and stitching treatment for the back cover. We have since seen that same design extended to other devices. Samsung has now released an accessory, at least in India, that uses this same faux leather look. A new external battery pack available from Samsung’s online store for India uses the faux leather to go with a couple other nice enhancements. » Read the rest

LG will launch Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate earphones on May 18th

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LG’s answer to the growing popularity of fitness trackers like the Gear Fit and the Fitbit is their Lifeband Touch, which they announced back at CES. It still has the OLED touch screen for checking notifications and answering calls, and it’ll use vibrations to alert you to text messages, emails, etc. It can track your fitness records with MyFitnessPal or Runkeeper, but LG is launching their own fitness app, too. » Read the rest

Samsung announces Swarovski partnership — now you can truly ‘bedazzle’ your device

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Samsung continues to dominate the smartphone market by offering things that other OEMs wouldn’t even dream of doing themselves.

Today, the company announced a new partnership with Swarovski, the worldwide crystal jewelry company.

The new “Swarovski for Samsung” collection will offer different designs to ‘bling out’ your device.

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Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch receives voice-to-text feature

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If you don’t wish to take your phone out and respond to your contact, you can now tap the voice icon in your Toq smartwatch and voice out your response. Afterwards, you will be shown your message before you decide to send it out or not. You can check out the new feature right below in the promo video! Download the new update and you’ll be good to go.

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