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Android Wear software review

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Android Wear

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 handful of other, lesser-known offerings — gave us a peek at a connected future in which we're free from the burden of constant smartphone checking. In this new mobile world, wearable computers would funnel relevant, context-sensitive alerts to us through devices worn on our bodies.

The wearable revolution promised to wean us off the need to constantly check our smartphones ... even if it meant we're only glancing down at another, smaller device on our wrist instead.

Android Wear is Google's first real foray into this new frontier of wearable devices, making its debut on new smartwatches from LG and Samsung, with more following from Motorola and others later in the year. These products have been a long time coming, and they arrive at a time when Pebble has already proved the viability of smartwatches as a product category, but the long-awaited Apple iWatch has yet to materialize.

So after what seems like an eternity, does Android Wear represent the dawn of the mainstream smartwatch era? Read on to find out as we take a deeper look at the software side of Android Wear.

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1 week ago

LG G3 now available from Sprint

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LG G3 now available from Sprint

The LG G3 is available from Sprint beginning today, a week earlier than expected. Today was originally announced as the pre-order date for Sprint. The phone will run you $199.99 with a two-year contract, or $599.99 up front. Sprint also offers Easy Pay for the G3 for $25 per month.

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1 week ago

Russian launch of Samsung Z with Tizen OS delayed

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Samsung has delayed the launch of its Tizen-powered Samsung Z smartphone in Russia and has not issued an updated time frame for when the device will go on sale.

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1 week ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, July 2014

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Mobile Nations Community Update

It’s that time again, time for the Mobile Nations Community Update. Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Phone Central are all chugging along with good stories, great conversation, and awesome people.

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1 week ago

Win a Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watch from Android Central!

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Android Wear watches

Want a new Android Wear smartwatch? Well we're giving one of each away!

I'm sure by now you have all read the reviews Jerry and Phil put together for the first Android Wear smarwatches, the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch. If you haven't, then shame on you. Stop everything right now and go read them – it's OK, we'll wait. You definitely want one of these, right? Well today could be your lucky day!

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1 week ago

Microsoft wants beta testers for Android version of OneNote

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Microsoft is looking to get some of its Android OneNote users to try out upcoming beta versions of its popular note taking app through a newly announced feedback program.

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1 week ago

Polycarbonate HTC One E8 launches in India alongside the affordable Desire 616

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The HTC one E8 has officially launched in India with a price tag of Rs 34,900 (or $580). The device is an interesting Android smartphone since it's not made of metal, but polycarbonate. The One E8 (essentially a more affordable version of the One M8) will be available for purchase from the end of July and comes packing dual-SIM support.

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1 week ago

LG G3 launches on AT&T, Sprint begins taking pre-orders

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LG G3

Today is the official launch day of the LG G3 on AT&T, and buyers can now pick up LG's latest handset for $199.99 up front on a standard two-year plan, or for $24.17 per month through an 18-month AT&T Next deal. Alternatively an off-contract AT&T LG G3 will set you back $579.99. If you pick up an LG G Watch at the same time, AT&T will knock 50 percent off the price of the wearable.

Meanwhile Sprint has today begun taking LG G3 pre-orders, and like AT&T it'll charge you $199.99 on a two-year plan for the phone. Sprint also offers the G3 through Easy Pay for $25 per month, or upfront for $599.99. Sprint's G3 is expected to start making its way out to customers from July 18.

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1 week ago

SwiftKey monthly users jump 54% after popular keyboard goes free

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SwiftKey's move to drop the price tag of its keyboard offering in Google Play from $3.99 to free was a popular one among would-be users, and it turns out a good number went ahead and made the install after the price drop. Since going free back in June, SwiftKey has seen a 54 percent boost in monthly users, something that just wouldn't have happened at this point in its life if it had kept the paid-only model around.

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1 week ago

Motorola confirms Android 4.4.4 rollout is well under way

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We've covered the rollout of Android 4.4.4 to various Motorola devices, including the Moto E, Moto G and latest Droids, but Motorola has come out and named all of the devices and regions that are currently receiving the update. Taking to its blog, Motorola explained that the Moto G is currently getting the 4.4.4 update in both Brazil and India, while the Moto E is picking it up in Brazil, France, Canada and Asia.

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