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Android Wear's massive update: Official watch face API, new display modes, app features and more!

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Android Wear update

Android 5.0 will hit watches in an OTA update

Google today has announced a major update to Android Wear, bringing some long-awaited official functionality to its smartwatches — and a host of new features to go along with them.

Oh, and Android 5.0 is coming soon to your watch.

There's a lot going on here, folks, and updates will arrive in their usual staggered fashion. The big strokes are official support for third-party watch faces, a new Android Wear app, and software all around.

Let's break it down.

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1 week ago

Verizon Note 4 gets software update for Gear VR, other fixes [update: Sprint, too]

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Verizon Note 4

Update: Samsung has reached out to let us know that the Note 4 on Sprint is also getting an update with Gear VR compatibility. The update hasn't been posted to the Sprint support site just yet, but should be arriving shortly.

Original story: Ah ha! And not one day after folks began fretting that their Verizon Galaxy Note 4 wasn't working with the new Samsung Gear VR ... the Verizon Note 4 gets an update to work with the Gear VR. (Among other things.)

Here's the full changelog for software version KTU84P.N910VVRU1ANJ5:

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1 week ago

DeviantArt launches its first smartphone app to help users browse its online gallery

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DeviantArt, the world's largest online art gallery and community, has finally launched its first mobile app. It's now available for Android smartphones via the Google Play Store.

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1 week ago

Transformers: Battle Tactics will launch with turn-based combat in 2015

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The Autobots and Decepticons will continue their long-running war in the upcoming mobile turn-based strategy game Transformers: Battle Tactics. The game is due for release for Android in the Google Play Store sometime in 2015.

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1 week ago

Facebook's Trending feature is now in the Android app

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Facebook Android app users in the US will soon see some new Trending features, after first launching for web browser users earlier in 2014. The new features are designed to offer links to the latest news and events that are currently popular.

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1 week ago

Instagram hits 300 million monthly active users, adds verified accounts

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Instagram has crossed the 300 million active monthly users line and is today adding support for verified users to the square photo social network. That 300 million threshold actually puts Instagram as having a larger monthly audience than Twitter, certainly explaining why Facebook was willing to pay $1 billion for the service.

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1 week ago

The Best AT&T Prepaid phones

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If you’re looking for the very best phones available on AT&T prepaid (better known as GoPhone), you’ve come to the right place. Going month-to-month can be super convenient for anybody looking for low monthly rates, though it can be pricy getting involved if you don’t already have a compatible phone ready to go. That’s okay though; we’ve got your best options lined up right here.

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1 week ago

Shazam 8.2 gets more personal, now plays full playlists with Spotify and Rdio

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Music identification app Shazam has received a major update today to version 8.2. It adds new features to the home screen of the app, a new way to play music, and deeper integration with Spotify and Rdio.

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1 week ago

Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition coming to Android tablets Jan. 29

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Ubisoft plans to bring a truly classic PC game, Heroes of Might & Magic III, to Android tablets, via the Google Play Store, on January 29. That's when the graphically revamped version of the fantasy turn-based strategy game, Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition, will be released.

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1 week ago

HERE Maps for Android drives onto Google Play for free

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After tooling around in a beta for a while, Here Maps has arrived in Google Play. The maps app and service, part of the services portion of Nokia left over after the Microsoft acquisition, has been available from the HERE website for a few months already, and now anybody can try out the mapping search and navigation app for free from Google Play.

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1 week ago

HTML5 apps coming to Amazon Fire TV

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Amazon is offering developers an outlet to publish their HTML5-based apps to the company's Fire TV set-top box and their Fire TV Stick HDMI dongle. Developers who have already released web apps for Amazon's Fire tablets and its Fire smartphone can also release those same apps for the Fire TV devices.

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1 week ago

OnePlus gets into the holiday spirit, lets anyone buy the OnePlus One without an invite

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While the OnePlus One is a great device in many ways (as we've noted in our review), availability has always been invite-only, barring a few occasions. That's all changing this holiday season as OnePlus has just announced that customers will be able to pick up the handset without an invite until December 25. The vendor is even promising delivery by Christmas Day.

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1 week ago

Hangouts gets a whole lot smarter, brings last seen timestamps and more

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Hangouts just received an update that sees the addition of 16 sticker packs, new video filters for calls, ability to add contacts with their phone number, smart location suggestions and more. Also new is a "last seen" timestamp that shows you when your contact has last checked the service.

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1 week ago

Leaked specs of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy A7 reveal high-end hardware

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Samsung already launched two devices in the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, and now it looks like the vendor is set to launch its third offering, the Galaxy A7. Alleged specs of the handset leaked by SamMobile show that Samsung is targeting the high-end market with the upcoming smartphone.

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1 week ago

With a thickness of just 4.75mm, the Vivo X5 Max makes your phone look chunky

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Step aside, Oppo R5. Vivo has just announced a super-thin smartphone that clocks in at just 4.75mm. The X5 Max is the latest handset to compete for the title of world's thinnest smartphone, and judging images and details shared by the manufacturer, it's clear to see just how thin the Max X5 is.

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