Android Wear

Coffee messaging app lets you text easily on Android Wear

While smartwatches have made our communication and digital lives a little bit easier, it is still very limited, with most of the wearables just showing us notifications of incoming calls, messages or app activities. But acting on those notifications is not yet that great. Thank goodness for app developers because now, you can actually respond to messages without needing to take out your phone or looking silly talking to your watch with Coffee app for Android Wear.

Todoist adds productivity to your wrist via Android Wear

Among the many justifications for Android Wear and smartwatches, getting prompted about your appointments and due tasks rank high, next to a call or message notification. Popular todo list app Todoist, which has been included in Google's 2014 Top Apps, is taking that goal to heart. The latest update to the app brings support for Android Wear, but the integration with your smartwatch does more than just tell you when you're task is due.

Pebble now has Android Wear support

Pebble is a week early in giving digital presents to their loyal users who tether their smartwatches to Android devices. Version 2.3 now gives you the ability to reply and act on notifications from apps that have Android Wear support and it will give your Pebble a whole new lease on its digital life.

Android Wear faces gets official API and Play Store corner

This is probably that day that many smartwatch users and designers have been waiting for. After asking developers and designers to hold off from flooding the market with watch faces, Google has finally opened the floodgates for Android Wear watch faces. Today's update not only brings official support to your smartwatch, it provides watch face makers the proper API to use to create their masterpiece. Watch faces even get their own corner in Google Play Store!

Android Wear update makes quick actions quicker

The point of having a smartwatch, at least in theory, is that you can get to important notifications and actions faster than you would if you had to whip out your smartphone first. Of course, that becomes moot when you have to swipe through half a dozen screens just to get to the parts that you want or the settings that you need. Android Wear's latest update tries to address that by putting important or recent actions just a swipe or tap away from your current screen.

Search through Bing at the shake of your phone with Torque

"Google it" has become a very common sentence or command in an era where search has become almost second nature to digital natives (and even digital newbies). But if you're the type of person to go "anti-establishment" or you feel like Google doesn't bring you the search results you really want or need, then your next best bet would be its competitor, Microsoft's Bing. An app, previously available on smartwatches only, can also now bring you quick results on your smartphone with just a shake.

Samsung working on a new smartwatch with rotating bezel?

Samsung is cooking up something. Of course, that is always the case but any news or clues of an upcoming smartwatch can be exciting. A patent has recently surfaced about a round smartwatch with rotating bezel. It’s still a concept/patent application but the idea is actually interesting.

Luxury watch brands cracking on “fake” smartwatch faces

With the continued popularity of smartwatches, and especially those running on the Android Wear platform, we've also seen a rise of custom watch faces to make the wearables more elegant or exciting. A lot of sites and apps have been offering watchfaces imitating some of the top luxury brands like Tag Heuer, Rolex, Patek Philippe. But now the brands are fighting back not just against the "pirates" but even the OEMs themselves.

Amazon app update: Lollipop and Android Wear support

A few weeks after retail giant finally combined their Appstore and their shopping app under one happy place available on Google Play Store, another update is making it possible to enjoy the whole Amazon experience, not just on your smartphones but on wearable devices as well. Not only have they prepared support for Google's major update, the Android 5.0 Lollipop, but now Android Wear users can also use their smartwatches to interact with stuff they'd like to purchase on the online retail store.
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