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Google CEO upset by Samsung investing in Tizen instead of Android Wear

07/18, 7:34am

Meeting between executives concerned Android Wear, Tizen use in smartwatches

Google is unhappy by Samsung's choice to use Tizen for its main smartwatch platform instead of Android Wear, according to a report. CEO Larry Page is said to have spent time earlier this month with Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee in a "tense private meeting" over the smartwatch software issue, with Samsung allegedly spending more on devices running Tizen than Google's new Android offshoot.

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Hands-on: LG G Watch and Google Android Wear

07/11, 4:53am

LG G Watch and Android Wear don't deliver a revolutionary wearable experience

There is a term in product development called "Minimum Viable Product," used to refer to products that are designed only to be sufficient for getting feedback or market testing a concept. Enter the LG G Watch. It is like a blank canvas that represents the minimum requirements to showcase Google's nascent Android Wear mobile platform. However, at $199, it represents a relatively affordable entry point into the world of wearable devices for early adopters who want to see whether Android Wear could be the next big thing.

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Google updates Camera app with Android Wear shutter trigger

07/10, 5:53am

Android Wear devices can take photos using paired smartphone camera

Google has updated its Camera app, allowing it to work in tandem with a smartwatch running Android Wear. Version 2.3 of the app, slowly rolling out on Google Play, adds the ability for Android Wear devices to remotely control the camera app's shutter function, though the update also introduces a few other new additions to the software at the same time.

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Android Wear bug halts paid app install, Goggle issues workaround

07/09, 3:30am

Bundled Wear apps not reading encryption file correctly, only free apps install

Earlier this week, a significant issue was discovered in Android Wear devices, keeping users from installing paid applications on the wearables. According to news from Android Police, when the apps are downloaded to the phone and then channeled to the watch, a key piece of information isn't accessed correctly. In the process, the encryption key that ties an app to a device, as part of Google Play's App Encryption, cannot be read -- leaving the apps unable to be installed.

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Briefly: Android Wear in Google Play, VLC for Android update

07/04, 8:40am

Google adds Android Wear section to Google Play

Google has started to compile a list of apps compatible with Android Wear smartwatches. The "Apps for Android Wear" collection, spotted by The Next Web, currently includes 29 apps, including Google's own Android Wear companion app, with the list consisting of a number of contributions from prominent apps and their developers, including IFTTT, Duolingo, Pinterest, and American Airlines.

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Google stops device manufacturer overlay use in Android Wear, TV

06/30, 3:26pm

Android Wear, TV, Auto must use stock appearance

Android Wear, Android Auto, and Android TV will only use the stock visual style, according to a report. Google engineering director David Burke advised in an interview that third-party device producers, including LG and Samsung, would not be allowed to change the user interface at all, with Google not only controlling the overall appearance of the software, but also the underlying software.

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Asus reportedly preparing Android Wear smartwatch launch for September

06/27, 1:44pm

Budget Android Wear device from Asus could cost as little as $99

Asus will launch its smartwatch at a far lower price than other Android Wear devices, according to a report. The Taiwanese computer producer is said to be looking to charge at most $149 for its wearable device, and potentially as low as $99, heavily undercutting both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, and is likely to be far below the Moto 360 when it ships.

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Analysis: Google IO Keynote

06/26, 9:53am

Three staffers discuss the good and the bad of the 2014 IO keynote

With a massive industry keynote, such as yesterday's Google I/O event, comes discussion. Google gave us a lot to toss around with L, Android One, Android Auto, and Android TV, all four both good and bad simultaneously. Join MacNN editor Charles, and Electronista writers Mike and Jordan as we evaluate the ins and outs of the 2.5-hour keynote kicking off Google's annual I/O conference.

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Android Wear demoed, first devices using new UI available for order

06/25, 1:15pm

New Android branch specifically for wearables sped up, made more flexible

At Google's 2014 I/O conference, the company has given more details on the its previously-announced Android Wear platform. Amongst other improvements, the operating system for wearables supports both rectangular and circular screens natively, in a large array of sizes. Some of the abilities of the platform, such as instant data sync across devices were demonstrated. Additionally, sending data to a linked phone was displayed by swiping the note over to the device.

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Samsung's Android Wear smartwatch could be called Gear Live

06/25, 6:53am

Rumored Android Wear device from Samsung has similar specifications to Gear 2 Neo

Samsung's rumored Android Wear smartwatch, expected to be unveiled at Google I/O today, is reportedly called the Samsung Gear Live. The same report also claims the device will have a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display and a resolution of 320x320, along with a list of specifications relatively similar to that of Samsung's existing smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.

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Google developer video explains reasons for Android Wear notifications

06/19, 10:05am

Android Wear notifications meant for glancing, different from smartphone notifications

Google has given more of an idea of what to expect from wearable devices running Android Wear, such as the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. A video from Google Developers expands on an earlier YouTube clip about notifications for the smartwatch operating system, reiterating that there is "No work required" for smartphone notifications to exist in a basic fashion, though adding a few lines of code to apps will make the notifications more useful for users.

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Forbes: Google Fit health platform planned for unveiling at Google I/O

06/13, 6:25am

Google Fit to collect data from fitness trackers, health apps, smartwatches

Google could be following the lead of Samsung and Apple by creating its own healthcare platform, according to Forbes. The search company is said to be preparing to launch Google Fit, a service which will collect and combine data from fitness trackers, health-related apps, and potentially Android Wear devices, in order to expand the amount of data available for app developers to work with.

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Google developers showcase example notifications for Android Wear

05/29, 5:43am

Notifications on Android Wear smart watches could spread across multiple pages

Google developers have started to show what kind of notifications Android Wear users will expect to see on their smart watches. Example notifications from apps for Nest devices, Clash of Clans, and calendar notifications showcase the kind of experience Google expects users to see when they glimpse the Moto 360, the LG G Watch, and other Android Wear devices.

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Briefly: LG G Watch teaser video, Virgin Media Sky channel deal

05/12, 7:11am

LG teases Android Wear-based G Watch device in video

LG has teased its upcoming G Watch with a new video on YouTube. Though light on detail, it provides a closer look at the design of the Android Wear smart watch, as well as highlighting its compatibility with non-LG devices, its metal body, and its waterproofing. Earlier rumors suggest the watch will be launching sometime in July, and could ship for around $300.

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LG G Watch will be dust, water-resistant, use always-on display

04/22, 6:02am

Smart watch from LG will keep display turned on at all times

LG's G Watch will be water and dust-resistant, and could be used outdoors, according to new details on the official website. The Android-based smart watch will also ship in a choice of two color options, with the plain black face surrounded by either a "Stealth Black" casing and band, or a "Champagne Gold" version with a white wrist strap and a golden body.

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Sony ignores Android Wear, will continue work on SmartWatch platform

03/25, 10:14am

Executive reveals existing investment in smart watch software prevents use of Android Wear

Sony will not be using Google's Android Wear platform for its smart watches in the future, an executive has revealed. Ravi Nookala, head of Sony Mobile in the US, said in an interview that the manufacturer will continue to use its own SmartWatch platform for the immediate future, instead of switching to Google's recently-announced wearable device platform.

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LG teases G Watch with clearer image of Android Wear smart watch

03/25, 8:05am

Clearer image shows simplified design of LG G Watch

LG's United Kingdom branch has teased its upcoming smart watch, by posting another image of the device on Twitter. The G Watch, a wearable device running on Google's Android Wear software platform, is shown in greater detail than the darker original teaser, complete with its square watch face and a notification from Google Hangouts on the display.

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Briefly: Pocket reveals Android Wear service, new BirdFlight platform

03/21, 8:04pm

Read-it-later service reveals prototype app for Android Wear platform

Pocket, the read-it-later service that syncs articles across devices, has revealed a preview of its prototype app for Google's Android Wear platform. An Android Wear smartwatch is designed for delivering concise information, such as notifications, news alerts, and more; Pocket's prototype offers the ability to save content to Pocket from an alert. In a blog post, Max Weiner of Pocket gives an example of a friend sending the user an interesting article, which sends an alert to the Android Wear smartwatch. If the user wants to save that article to Pocket to read later, they can swipe, and an action pops up to save to Pocket. Considered a work in progress by the company due to Android Wear's SDK still in Developer Preview, a release date is not yet available.

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Motorola reveals Android Wear-powered Moto 360 smart watch

03/18, 3:09pm

Summer launch in United States expected for Motorola smart watch

Not to be outdone by LG and its G Watch, Motorola has teased its first smart watch. The Moto 360 will run on Android Wear, also announced today, will differ from most other smart watches on the market, in offering a "round face and premium materials" instead of the squarish appearance shown in the Pebble, the Samsung Gear, and similar devices.

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Google reveals Android Wear initiative, opens up developer preview

03/18, 1:36pm

Wearable device operating system to first arrive on smart watches

Google has announced its operating system software for wearable devices, called Android Wear. Hinted at during a South by Southwest interview by head of Android and Chrome Sundar Pichai, the software will allow hardware producers to build devices, such as smart watches, with the platform claimed to offer many of the functions typically associated with smart devices, but with a Google twist.

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