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How to set up your Android Wear smartwatch
Android Wear walkthrough
Google won’t allow OEM skinning with Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto
LG announces that it has joined the Open Automotive Alliance and is committed to Android Auto
It looks as though Twitter Shopping is finally about to make an appearance. Some users have been reporting that they’ve seen “Buy Now” buttons in tweets, mostly in the Twitter mobile app.
The products that are being shared with the “Buy Now” buttons come from a shopping app called Fancy. Fancy originally pitched the idea to Twitter back in January, but Twitter didn’t do anything about it. Until now, it seems.
We’ve seen a couple leaks related to the Motorola Moto X+1, but nothing too substantial. Until now, that is. A Brazilian website may have just leaked the specs of the upcoming device. The Logos bookstore is in the process of creating a pre-order page for the device.
This is the same bookstore that leaked the Moto E two days before it was officially launched, so that gives this site a little more credibility. According to the website, the Moto X+1 will include a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a MicroSD card slot for those who want to expand. Furthermore, the device will include a 12MP rear-facing camera, and a 5MP front-facing one.
Source: Livraria Logos
Sony has been releasing a new flagship device every six months now, and it seems as though an image has been leaked of their next flagship device. The leaked images show what is allegedly the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.
According to the images, there will be some similarities between the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia T, but it seems that the Z3 will have a metal frame. Rumors suggest that Sony will be using the Snapdragon 801 for both the Z3 and the Z3 Compact, and they will be waiting for Xperia Z4 to use the Snapdragon 810.
Blackphone is touted as the world’s most secure phone and is aiming to shift the focus of the smartphone market back to privacy and security. The phone is now shipping to all who pre-ordered the device.
Samsung has announced a quartet of smartphones aimed at lower tier market segments although all of them come loaded with Android 4.4. The Samsung Galaxy Core II, Samsung Galaxy Star 2, Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 and Samsung Galaxy Young 2 will help Samsung expand their Galaxy line across a wide swath of market segments and price points. Read more
Users of Google Voice will know that their voicemail transcription can sometimes be a little hit and miss. Lucky for us though, Google is well aware of the fact that it can be improved, and are launching a new initiative to make it better. But, they need your help.
When users log in to their Google Voice account, they will now be asked if they want to anonymously share their voicemail messages to help improve the service. According to Google, voicemail messages will be analyzed by an automated system, and NOT heard by real people. Users will also have the option to change whether or not they share their messages at any time.
Source: +Alex Wiesen
Smartwatches are nothing new, but with the birth of Android Wear, they are likely to finally take off since it was created by Google and should get a lot of developer support. It’s a simple interface, yet very powerful. It’s all about getting relevant information and acting on it without the need to whip out your phone.
Android Wear is at it’s infancy, but you can already do a lot. You can see the weather, set timers, get navigation instructions, and so much more. You can even reply to text messages and emails, not to mention pause or skip tracks while casting your music.
Setting up a new device can be a daunting task, but thankfully Google has made it really easy to get your Android Wear smartwatch up and running in no time. It’s just a matter of downloading the Android Wear app and turning on your watch. The Android Wear app will walk you through the process and you will be receiving notifications within minutes. Hit the break for a quick video showing you how it works. Also be sure to check out our complete Android Wear walkthough that will get you acclimated with your new watch.
At Google I/O last week, Google announced that Chromebooks would soon be able to run Android apps — which ones? Well, according to Google, that’ll be up to you.
While we can’t expect Google and developers to make all of our favorite apps available on both platforms, we can certainly ask.