Nest has introduced a new communication protocol to allow connected home devices to talk to each other and Nest, called Weave. With Weave, developers will be able to tap into the speed and reliability that Nest has built over the years to add additional functionality to their own products.
LG has been a leader in the Android Wear space for a while now, and their latest effort re-establishes that dominance in a big way. The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition looks nice, offers features no other Wear watch is offering, and includes some hardware under the hood that will make a lot of people look at their existing watch and consider upgrading.
Here's what's going on inside this tiny wrist computer.
44.5mm x 14.2mm
Space Black, Opan Blue, Lexe White, Signature Brown
480 x 480 resolution 1.38-inch P-Oled (348ppi)
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Heartrate, Compass, Barometer, PPG, GPS
Wifi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth 4.1
One spec you'll find absent from this list is the strap size, and that's because it's not replaceable in this generation of Watch Urbane models. LG has baked the antennae needed to make this watch do some of the mobile radio things into the strap, so removing it would obviously cause problems. As long as you are happy with the strap included with the color options LG has made available, this is shaping up to be an impressive addition to the Android Wear lineup.
Last month at IFA, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z5 Premium, the first smartphone to offer a 4K display. While the 806ppi pixel density is absolutely stunning to look at, Sony has since revealed that the phone would display select content — such as images and videos shot — natively in 4K, with regular usage downgraded to Full HD:
The NVIDIA Shield Android TV is receiving a firmware update to version 2.0 that allows playback of select Android games natively at 4K. Initially, 12 games are available for playback at higher resolutions, with NVIDIA working with developers to add 4K-native assets to their games.
NVIDIA has finally brought its Shield TV to European shores and as of today, October 1, it's officially on sale. If you've been looking longingly at this Android TV box from across the pond and want to grab one of your own, here's where you can buy either the regular or Pro models from right now.
It's only on sale in some countries and at select retailers, but here's a breakdown of where we know it's available so far.
The BBC is slowly moving away from Adobe's Flash plugin for iPlayer. The company has rolled out HTML5 playback support for those who'd prefer to test out the arguably more secure platform. While the BBC will provide the choice between the two options, it has noted that Flash will not be removed completely.
The LG V10 is the start of a new series of phones for LG, to live alongside its storied "G" brand of Android smartphone. The initial offering sports a 5.7-inch display, dual front-facing cameras, a secondary display next to them, and a rear fingerprint scanner and power button combination.
We've seen leaks upon leaks leading up to its release, but the new LG V10 is now official. LG has officially announced the new smartphone, which sports a second screen above the primary 5.7-inch QHD display, dual front-facing cameras, and more.
If you're a Vainglory fan, your mobile MOBA experience is about to get quite a bit better. Developer Super Evil Megacorp has released patch 1.9 for the game, bringing a new hero, the addition of teams and guilds, and heralding the beginning of a new season structure.
Refurbished tablets aren't for everyone but British retailer, Argos, has a great deal currently going down on a refurbed Nexus 9. If you're willing, you can snag a 16GB version in black for just £159.99 on the company's eBay store with the added bonus of a full 12-month warranty.
Plenty of us have been waiting anxiously for the release of the new Star Wars movie. As the date grows closer, we've seen all kinds of awesome merch hit the stores. One of the more popular characters is the new rolling droid BB-8, and now you can have him hang out with you on your smartwatch. Or at least a droid that looks like him, available on Android Wear as The Droid Awakens Watch Face.
Let's check it out.
The Droid Awakens Watch Face is a simple one. There aren't any options, or settings to explore here. As with many of the watch faces from artist Virginia Poltrack it's beautifully designed, and animated to be just as adorable on your smartwatch screen as it appears to be on the big screen.
As far as information displayed you get a few things. At the top of the screen is a digital readout of the time in 12 hour format, lacking the AM/PM designation. The left of your screen displays the day of the month, and the right side has the power indicator for your smartwatch battery. It isn't much information, but it does get you the bare essentials.
Let's be honest though, you don't want this watch face for the information it's displaying. You want it for the adorable little rolling droid, and its awesome animations. BB-8 has several animations that it will launch into if you tap on the screen. The most common is it's head cocking to the side and a speech bubble with binary code popping up. If you keep tapping though you can see its head levitate, cock to either side, and send up little hearts for you.
This is definitely one of our favorite current watch faces, and one you should be checking. It's also absolutely free in the Google Play Store right now. Between it's fantastic and adorable animations, and it's simple and clean style it's a great minimalist watch face. Besides, who doesn't want to hang out with this droid on their smartwatch?
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