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Android Wear hits 4000 apps

Google has another reason to celebrate and gather all Android fans at the Google I/O 2015 conference. Why, there are now 4,000 Android Wear apps ready for download from the Google Play Store. This is good news for everyone who owns an Android Wear-powered smartwatch because it means there are more apps to use and there are more ways for customization even if it's only a small screen.

Spotify now available as an app for Android Wear

When smartwatches and wearables came on the scene, listening to music on your mobile devices became even easier. Not that you'd listen to music directly from something on your wrist, mind you. But controlling the music without touching your smartphone saves you a few minutes and several movements as well. One of the most popular (yet controversial) music streaming services will be arriving soon to your wearables. Welcome Spotify to the (apparently 4,000-app strong) world of Android Wear.

Wear Mini Launcher lets you manage apps in your smartwatch

Unlike with smartphones where you can still survive without an app launcher, Android Wear smartwatches aren't that great yet when it comes to managing and launching apps. You'd have to rely on apps like Wear Mini Launcher in order to quickly find the tools you need at that moment when you need it. Aside from getting to the apps, you also get to customize your settings and options so that it's easier for you to manage your smartwatch, even without opening your smartphone.

Nexus Player and Moto 360 get price discount from Google Store, Amazon

Google has just listed the Nexus Player on sale with a $20 discount only months after its official launch last year. From the original retail price of $99.99, the Nexus Player is now $79.99. The Android-powered set-top box's price drop is an indication that perhaps the Nexus Player isn't really selling and flying off the shelves or Google could be planning for a new version already.

ReVault is world’s first smartwatch with wireless storage

Smartwatches certainly have potential to have more functions than just display notifications, allow WiFi calling, and act as a health and fitness tracker. A smartwatch is such a small device but it can be powerful and highly functional and that's what the team behind the ReVault is aiming: introduce a smartwatch with wearable wireless storage.

The Aria adds gesture control to your Android Wear smartwatch

Truth be told, there were a couple of things manufacturers – and even Android developers themselves – were willing to sacrifice just to have a microcomputer strapped on to your wrist. In situations where you are doing stuff where your hands are busy (don’t get any ideas) like eating, brushing your teeth, playing ping-pong, or anything that will stop you from swiping your smartwatch to see notifications – we were willing to gloss over that. But really, someone should have thought about it, and it’s about time “The Aria” came out – because someone did think about it.

LG gives official statement on G Watch R ‘no wifi’ issue

It has been kind of a roller coaster ride, a soap opera if you will, regarding the “no wifi” issue on the LG G Watch R smartwatch. The owners of the undoubtedly nice LG G Watch R were expecting that with the Android 5.1.1 update to Android Wear promising WiFi connectivity, their smartwatches would actually gain that feature. Much to their surprise and disappointment, this did not happen. We now get a clearer picture with the official LG statement.

Stop! Pebble Time shipping on May 27

The original Pebble smartwatch was the first smartwatch to be particularly successful on Kickstarter and commercially. After the Pebble landed on the scene, there were hoards of other smartwatches that launched and sold decently. Fans of the Pebble watch looking for the next big thing from the company will already know about the Pebble Time smartwatch.
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