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Computex: Asus ZenWatch 2 launches with two sizes, three case styles

06/01, 10:41pm

Second-generation ZenWatch still uses Android Wear, enhances Remote Camera function

Asus has launched its second smartwatch at Computex, following last year's ZenWatch. The ZenWatch 2 remains an Android Wear-powered device, but the design of the original has been altered to include a side crown, though more as a button than the Digital Crown of the Apple Watch, with it also replacing the previous dock with new magnetic charger to simplify the charging process, as well as improving the recharge time overall.

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Briefly: Comcast HBO Go on Fire TV, Wi-Fi update for Android Wear

05/20, 6:09pm

Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick gain HBO Go, Showtime Anytime access on Comcast

Comcast is finally allowing owners of the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to access two major streaming apps. Showtime Anytime and HBO Go can now be used through the two streaming devices, with Comcast subscribers required to download the relevant apps and sign in using their Xfinity TV account details. Access to both Showtime Anytime and HBO Go has already been granted to a large number of other set-top boxes, including Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, and Chromecast.

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Briefly: Google Fit gains Android Wear widget, Gmail for Android

05/13, 4:51pm

Google Fit adds calorie burn, distance estimates, Android Wear widget

The latest update to Google Fit for Android has added the ability to estimate the distance the user has traveled, and using information such as gender, height, and weight from their profile, estimate the calories burned. The update also includes a new widget for use with Android Wear smartwatches, one which provides more details about how far away the wearer is from their daily goal.

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Briefly: Google updates smartwatch listings, Sky 3D channel closing

04/28, 7:59am

Google adds LG Watch Urbane to store, discounts Moto 360, LG G Watch R

Smartwatch listings on the Google Store have been updated, with a new Android Wear addition and some price changes. The LG Watch Urbane is available for the first time in the store, priced at $350, while the LG G Watch R has dropped $50 from $300 to $250. The Moto 360 has also been discounted in the store, dropping from $250 to $180.

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Android Wear update will include app, Wi-Fi, emoji changes

04/20, 1:33pm

Upcoming Android Wear update lets smartwatches be used away from smartphones

The next update to Android Wear will extend the capabilities of wearable devices using the operating system, making them more useful as standalone devices. Just as previously rumored, the update will allow smartwatches with Wi-Fi connectivity to work over a local wireless network connection when outside of Bluetooth range, but it will require the user's smartphone to have some form of Internet connection in order to remotely access apps and notifications.

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Google reportedly trying to make Android Wear devices work with iOS

04/09, 4:29pm

Android Wear companion app for iOS allegedly close to completion

Google may be preparing to fight the Apple Watch on its home turf, by working on getting Android Wear devices to work with iOS devices. A companion app for iOS is reportedly close to being completed by Google, which in theory would allow smartwatches running Android Wear to receive notifications and interact with other apps on Apple's mobile operating system.

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Leak claims Motorola 'Smelt' Android Wear device in development

04/06, 11:32am

Android developer uncovers mystery device with 320x320 display

Motorola may be working on another Android Wear device, according to a rumor. A device claimed to have the codename "Smelt" has allegedly been spotted by an app developer, located close to Motorola's main headquarters in Chicago, with initial suggestions being that it could be a follow-up to the manufacturer's Moto 360 smartwatch, released last year.

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Apple Watch: FCC approval, Mail Pilot, Android Wear

03/17, 9:00pm

Apple hints that Apple Watch has received FCC approval

Apple on Tuesday removed disclaimer language from its Apple Watch web page, signalling that it has obtained approval for sale of the device in at least the US, if not all the major countries where Apple is currently planning to launch the Apple Watch at retail beginning April 24. The Watch will be available for preview and pre-ordering -- but not for sale -- at Apple Stores beginning April 10 in select countries.

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Future Android Wear update could include gestures, Wi-Fi changes

03/10, 3:48pm

Report claims scrolling via wrist flicks on the way for Android Wear devices

The next software update for Android Wear could introduce Wi-Fi support to supported smartwatches, according to a report. Smartwatches running the operating system may be able to work without relying on a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone in the future, along with gesture controls and some tweaks to the user interface to make navigation easier.

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Huawei Watch pairs traditional design with Android Wear

03/01, 10:58am

The timepiece looks like a traditional wristwatch

Huawei has introduced its flagship Android Wear device, simply known as the Watch. The company has called on traditional timepiece designers to help with industrial design. The result resembles a typical wristwatch, until the display flips from a clock face to an app interface.

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Pebble update adds Android Wear notifications support, iOS bug fixes

02/17, 6:35am

Latest update focuses on Android Wear, responses

The latest set of updates for the Pebble smartwatch include a number of major updates useful to Android users, with relatively few iOS improvements also included. The biggest changes in firmware 2.9 and the Android app relate to Android Wear, allowing the smartwatch to display notifications for apps that take advantage of Google's operating system for wearable devices.

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BlackBerry adds BBM to Android Wear, redesigns Passport for AT&T

01/08, 6:51am

Redesigned BlackBerry Passport keeps specifications, adds round corners

BlackBerry is bringing BBM to Android Wear devices in the near future, the manufacturer has revealed. At the same time, it announced the BlackBerry Passport will be heading to AT&T with a new rounder look, after BlackBerry redesigned certain aspects of the smartphone's external appearance following requests from the carrier itself.

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Hands On: Hyundai Blue Link app for Android Wear

01/07, 7:04pm

Drivers can now use their watch for remote start

Hyundai is among the first automakers to bring its connected-car features to wearable devices, introducing a Blue Link app for Android Wear. Electronista checked out the new service at CES, where Hyundai brought a connected Sonata and a few Android-powered watches to demonstrate the capabilities. Owners of select vehicles can already access the full range of Blue Link features via their smartphone, and the Android Wear implementation simply serves as the watch-based extension of the service.

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Briefly: Instagram filter collection grows, Pebble Android Wear alerts

12/17, 7:46am

Instagram adds five new filter options, filter management

Instagram has updated its famous photo filters, for the first time in two years. The Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua effects have been added to both the Android and iOS versions of the app, each shifting and softening the photograph's colors in varying ways. The app has also updated how the various effects are displayed, providing a blurred preview of filters, while a "Manage" button will allow users to hide the rarely-used filters from view.

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Google adds Watch Face API in latest Android Wear update

12/10, 7:25pm

Developers gain new API to help create faces for Android Wear devices

The latest update to Android Wear is adding more user-personalizable options to the smartwatch software, among other improvements. Dozens of watch faces for Android Wear wearables are being made available to download, with a new Watch Face API also being introduced to make it easier for developers to create new faces.

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Microsoft Torque search app heads to Android smartphones

12/05, 9:58pm

Android Wear search app spreads to mobile phones, adds more answer options

The Microsoft equivalent of Google Voice Search is now available on Android. Initially released from Microsoft Garage for Android Wear devices, Torque is a search app which provides card-style answers to questions in a similar manner to Google's own voice-controlled product, though instead of being triggered by a voice prompt, it starts up by shaking the phone.

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Briefly: Google Nexus 6 UK, Android Wear support in Amazon app

11/18, 11:04am

Google Nexus 6 pre-orders begin in United Kingdom

The Google Nexus 6 will be going on sale soon in the United Kingdom, with a number of retailers offering pre-orders for the device. Carphone Warehouse is selling the smartphone SIM-free for £499 and £549 ($780 and $860) for the 32GB and 64GB models respectively with delivery expected on December 1st. Amazon UK is stocking the 32GB model at the same price, but with a later release date of December 15th. Google Play does list the Nexus 6 for the UK, with identical pricing for both versions, but it is not allowing for pre-orders, nor states when it will be available.

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Hands On: LG G Watch R

11/18, 2:41am

LG G Watch R delivers breakthrough high-quality circular P-OLED display

We have previously taken a look at the LG G Watch, LG's launch device that helped to usher in Google's wearable platform, Android Wear. LG has introduced the next model in its Android Wear range, the LG G Watch R, which is a much more interesting and thoughtfully-designed smartwatch. Where the rectangular G Watch is quite nondescript in appearance, the G Watch R incorporates much more design flair and much more interesting technology.

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Asus ZenWatch available in Best Buy from November 9 for $199

11/07, 2:58pm

Android Wear smartwatch from Asus uses rectangular display, offers fitness functions

Asus is bringing its attempt at an Android Wear smartwatch to the United States this weekend, a report claims. Initially revealed at a pre-IFA event in September, the Asus ZenWatch will ship in the US on November 9th, with Best Buy being the first to sell the smartwatch before a wider general release via Google Play at some point afterward.

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Motorola starts selling Nexus 6 directly, adds metal bands to Moto 360

11/06, 5:15pm

Nexus 6 goes on sale via Motorola, sells out within hours

Motorola is now selling the Nexus 6 directly in the United States, via its own online store, giving potential customers an alternative route to Google Play to acquire the smartphone. At the same time, the company is introducing its recently-leaked metal strap options for the Moto 360 through the store, as well as a champagne gold colored version of the Android Wear smartwatch.

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Sonos allegedly testing Android Wear, iOS lock screen music controls

11/03, 8:12am

Smartwatch, phone lock screen may be used to control music playback on Sonos speaker network

Sonos is looking to extend the usability of its audio products, by allegedly testing the ability to control its networked speakers using a smartwatch running Android Wear, as well as the iOS lock screen. A photograph shared by a supposed member of the company's beta program is said to show notifications on the Moto 360 and provide some level of control, while iOS users may gain a lock screen widget providing similar functionality.

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Samsung Gear S heading to major US carriers from November 7

10/30, 4:58pm

Curved face Android Wear smartwatch gets $5 price plan on T-Mobile

Samsung's Gear S will be going on sale in the United States at the start of next month, with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon all carrying the Android Wear smartwatch. The carriers are also varying the way they host the standalone smartwatch on their network, with T-Mobile introducing a new plan specifically for wearable devices.

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Briefly: AT&T selling LG G Watch R, Wi-Fi hotspot delays flight

10/28, 8:09am

AT&T confirms it will sell LG G Watch R smartwatch in future

AT&T has advised it will be selling the LG G Watch R when it goes on sale in the United States. Though the brief announcement does confirm the carrier will host the Android Wear smartwatch, complete with a round P-OLED display, AT&T states it will be announcing pricing and availability at a later date. LG recently revealed the watch will launch in Europe at the start of November, with "key markets" including North America gaining the watch shortly after.

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Google adds GPS support, music storage option to Android Wear

10/23, 5:35pm

Android Wear update makes smartwatches more useful without smartphone connection

Google's first major update to Android Wear will be preparing the operating system for use on standalone smartwatches. The software update adds support for GPS sensors built into devices, as well as the ability to store music on a smartwatch instead of a smartphone, with audio able to be played through a paired set of Bluetooth headphones.

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Microsoft releases three apps for Android, Android Wear on Google Play

10/23, 8:47am

Next Lock Screen, Journeys and Notes, Torque released from Microsoft Garage

Microsoft is taking the unusual step of trying to court Android users, by releasing three new apps for the platform. The first from Microsoft Garage is the self-explanatory "Next Lock Screen," which provides a handy notifications and app launching interface, the second lets travelers pass notes to others following the same route, while a third allows Android Wear users to search Bing directly from their wrist.

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Verizon-exclusive Sony Xperia Z3v shipping later this month

10/10, 7:10am

Exclusive version of Xperia Z3 heading to Verizon alongside Sony SmartWatch 3

Two more Sony devices will be added to Verizon's mobile device roster later this month, the carrier has revealed. A repackaged version of the Xperia Z3 will be going on sale, a smartphone called the Xperia Z3v, while the company's Android Wear device, the SmartWatch 3, will also be heading to the carrier's stores in due course.

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Briefly: Chromebook's business features, iHeartRadio Android Wear app

10/09, 4:16pm

Google announces Chromebook business features aimed at office environments

Google has announced the release of new business-focused features for its Chromebook laptop. Users can now switch easily between personal accounts and one's organization's credential-secured account, and its new single sign-on feature allows for logging in with the same credentials and identity provider used in the rest of an organization. Certificate management for wireless networks is also included, with provisioning Chromebooks with client certificates to access 802.1X EAP-TLS networks now being easier for businesses, schools and government institutions.

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Jawbone opens Up fitness tracker API to other devices, apps

09/09, 5:48am

Jawbone Up platform to work with Android Wear, Healthkit, Fitbit

Data from the Jawbone Up and Up24 fitness trackers could be used by more apps and devices in the future, courtesy of the device's new API. The company's platform, itself called Up, will be able to incorporate data from multiple devices and sources, including Fitbit, Android Wear smartwatches, and devices compatible with Apple's HealthKit.

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Huawei CEO claims Android Wear smartwatch arriving next year

09/05, 8:06pm

Innovative and beautiful Huawei smartwatch on the way, suggests company head

Huawei will be joining the growing collection of companies creating an Android Wear-based smartwatch. CEO Richard Yu has reportedly advised that the manufacturer is working on its own wrist-based Wear device, though apparently it will not be heading to market until next year, long after other similar smartwatches become available to buy.

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Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch heading to retail for $250

09/05, 5:26am

Stainless steel Motorola smartwatch shipping today

Motorola's long-awaited smartwatch is going on sale in the United States. The Moto 360, complete with its round-faced 1.6-inch 320x290 display clad in Gorilla Glass and stainless steel, is being sold from Motorola directly and via a number of other retailers, though the choice of bands will be limited just leather options at launch.

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Sony launches SmartWatch 3, SmartBand Talk wearable devices

09/03, 12:03pm

SmartWatch 3 uses Android Wear, SmartBand Talk adds voice control

As expected, Sony has launched two wearable devices at IFA during its main press conference. The SmartWatch 3 continues the SmartWatch line but switches over to Android Wear rather than Sony's own software, while the SmartBand Talk is a lifelogger which adds a display and voice control to the previous model's spartan design.

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Briefly: Best Buy LG G Watch price cut, WhatsApp Android Wear support

09/01, 7:06am

Best Buy discounts LG G Watch price by $50

Best Buy has cut the price of the LG G Watch by $50. One of the first Android Wear smartwatches revealed and released, recently superseded by the G Watch R, has been spotted by Android Police priced at $180 for both the black and white models. Despite the discount, it is likely the G Watch will continue to be sold for some time, most likely as a budget option compared to the round-faced stablemate's estimated $300 price tag.

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LG G Watch R replaces square face with round P-OLED screen

08/28, 7:32am

Second LG Android Wear smartwatch has round face, heart rate monitor

LG has surprisingly revealed its round-faced Moto 360-like smartwatch ahead of next week's IFA trade show. The G Watch R follows on from the original G Watch launched in July, though instead of a square display of the original, LG has exchanged it for a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) screen, measuring 1.3 inches across and with a resolution of 320x320.

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LG reportedly preparing unveiling of second G Watch for IFA

08/18, 12:03pm

Second LG smartwatch launch touted months after original released

LG may have a second Android Wear smartwatch being prepared for launch, according to a report. Months after the G Watch went on sale in the United States, the electronics manufacturer is allegedly looking to launch a follow-up of the wrist-based device at IFA next month, with the device said to have a number of upgrades compared to the existing model.

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Moto 360 image leak shows wireless charging dock

08/06, 10:05am

Close-up shots of Moto 360 point to heart rate sensor pedometer

Motorola's upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, has allegedly been spotted being used with its charging station. The leaked photographs appear to show the smartwatch attached a charging dock for the first time, with the leak also providing a considerable number of close-up views of the Moto 360's sides and back, and demonstrates its size when worn and in comparison to the LG G Watch.

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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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