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How to take a note on Android Wear

Taking a note is easy, but there are options for what you can do with it This should be simple, right? Taking a note on your Android Wear smartwatch should be as easy as telling the watch to "Take a note." And you can do that. But, no, it's not really that simple. Or at least it might not be....

HTC on that watch in that video: It's not a real product

Here's HTC's response to an obvious watch showing up (look for it about 35 and 44 seconds in) in that design video from July 9: "HTC encourages our design team to explore and tinker with new ideas and even models, as is the case with the watch some viewers noticed in our recent HTC Design...
Moto 360 bands

Which Moto 360 band do you plan to brandish?

As we're all not-so-patiently awaiting the Moto 360 — which some 61 percent of more than 12,000 of you said you are holding out for — let's take another look at its aesthetics. Specifically, the watch strap, or band. While we're still missing any real official details, Motorola's been showing...
Android Wear send a text

How to send a text message in Android Wear

Sending an SMS in Android Wear is as easy as telling it to text someone Sending a text message with your Android Wear smartwatch — and it doesn't matter whether you've got the LG G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live or the Moto 360; it works the same on all three — is just a matter of speaking a few...
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Android Wear source code uploaded to AOSP

In a message posted on the Android Building Google Group, Bill Yi has announced that GPL projects for the software running on both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch have been posted to the appropriate places in the Android source tree. Interested developers can find them under the tag...
Android Wear LCARS

Official Android Wear watch face API coming later this year

Google's wearable OS also will shift over to the L release once ready It was sort of a surprise — and a bit of a disappointment, to be perfectly honest — when Android Wear launched without a properly supported way to add custom watch faces to the likes of the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and,...
Pebble Locker updated to support Android Wear

Pebble Locker updated to support Android Wear

Update: A second update — version 2.8.1 — has been pushed out to address crashing in the previous version. It looks like third-party Pebble app Pebble Locker has been updated on Google Play to add support for Android Wear. The app, now in version 2.8, brings some bug fixes and adds the Android...
Keyboards on Android Wear can exist, just not like this

Keyboards on Android Wear can exist, just not like this

You'll likely need something other than voice input on your watch — here's one way it could work Keyboards on Android Wear smartwatches are just not a good idea. But voice only isn't the answer either. There's a middle ground to be found here, and the first developer who figures it out wins. It...
The Samsung Gear Life and the LG G Watch

You can now buy the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live from Best Buy

The two currently-available Android Wear smartwatches — the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live — are now available for purchase from Best Buy. Sure, you order them right off Google Play or from Amazon, but if you really want to get your hands on one and see what Android Wear is really like...
Can the Moto 360 save us from crappy smartwatch chargers?

Can the Moto 360 save us from crappy smartwatch chargers?

Proprietary charging docks suck — but Motorola's much-anticipated Android watch could make things better The smartwatch market is still in the very early stages of development, and the three main platforms out there right now — Pebble, Samsung Gear and Android Wear — all have their own unique...
Scrub-a-dub-dub

How to clean your Android Wear watch

You are a dirty, dirty person — we'll help you keep your smartwatch clean When you put a watch on your wrist, you're exposing it to the outside world in a way that your phone or tablet never sees. Being on your wrist means it's out there, and it's going to get dirty. If you wear your new Android...
This is how Minuum on Android Wear looks in real life

This is how Minuum on Android Wear looks in real life

Minimalist keyboard crafter Minuum promised to bring Minuum to Android Wear, and they're ready to give the first glimpse of it actually in action. Previously we saw Minuum offer a concept of what their keyboard would look like on the Moto 360, but the currently-available LG G Watch and Samsung...
There are now more Android Wear apps than Google Glass apps

There are now more Android Wear apps than Google Glass apps

Less than three weeks after the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live were launched as the first Android Wear devices, the number of apps in the Google Play Store that support these watches exceeds the number of Glassware apps Google has been curating for over a year. Measuring the success of a...
Moto 360 price: What's the sweet spot?

Moto 360 price: What's the sweet spot?

How much would you pay for the Moto 360? To say that folks are eagerly awaiting the Moto 360 ... well, that's probably the understatement of the summer. But it's backed up by our most recent weekly poll, which at the time of this writing shows 63 percent of the nearly 10,000 respondents indeed...
Tinder comes to Android Wear, lets you swipe right from your wrist

Tinder comes to Android Wear, lets you swipe right on your wrist

Popular dating app Tinder is now available for Android Wear. Tinder has miniturized itself, bringing many of the app's features to your wrist. Users can get alerts for new matches, respond to their messages, and of course, swipe right or left. Your notifications for new matches and messages...
Wear Mini Launcher

Wear Mini Launcher updated with brightness controls, bug fixes

Wear Mini Launcher for Android Wear arrived a few days back to address one of our main gripes with Google's smartwatch OS. With a swipe from the top left, the wrist-based launcher made it easy to access the list of installed apps on your watch. And over the weekend the app has been updated a...
The Samsung Gear Live video review!

The Samsung Gear Live video review!

Of the two Android Wear smartwatches currently available, the Samsung Gear Live arguably is the better looking. A few more curves, with a little extra through put into the overall design, and a high-resolution display, it'll be the one that turns heads. But as we found out in our full review of...

The LG G Watch video review!

If it seems a little bit like everything's about Android Wear these days ... well, you're right. Everything is about Android Wear these days. And that's OK. These are exciting times. We've finally gone from months and months of a prototype-y Google Glass to actual Android Wear smartwatches that...
Wear Mini Launcher

Wear Mini Launcher brings your Android Wear apps front and center

Any discussion of Android Wear will eventually turn to how you have to dig deep into the software to launch an app from your wrist. Tapping and swiping, and scrolling and tapping just isn't the perfect experience. A new app called Wear Mini Launcher aims to fix all of that. Install it to the...
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Android Wear software review

It's early days for Android on smartwatches, but despite a few teething problems, Android Wear has an abundance of potential We have been promised a revolution in wearable computing for at least the past couple years. Early entrants like the Pebble and the Samsung Gear series — along with a...

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