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Android Community Weekly Digest: May 2, 2015

April might be over, but the month definitely went out with a bang. And although a lot of things did happen in those 30 long days, we cannot deny the commanding presence of the LG G4, which was finally officially revealed after half a dozen teasers, which actually didn't leave much to be surprised about. What was slightly surprising, however, was Microsoft's revelation that it would let Android apps be built for Windows 10 phones, to some extent. These and more in your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from April 27 to May 2, 2015.

TAG Heuer smartwatch out this year from LVMH with a hefty price tag

TAG Heuer is not new to the tech industry. It's been making several luxury smartphones the past few years. Remember the TAG Heuer Racer and the $6700 TAG Heuer LINK Android handsets? Just last month, the luxury watchmaker announced that it's joining the smartwatch game together with Intel and Google. We're already expecting this will be pricey at $1,000. Ordinary Android Wear smartwatches are priced below $400 so this one is far more expensive.

LG Watch Urbane now available in the US from Verizon AT&T

LG has been showing off a number of premium products lately. Before the leather-backed LG G4, there's the LG Watch Urbane that has got some of the geeks drooling over because of its sophisticated look. The classy-looking smartwatch was listed on Google Store a couple of days ago and now we have news that it's finally available in the United States from Verizon and AT&T.

LG Watch Urbane now available on Google Store

Finally, the LG Watch Urbane is now available on Google Store. I know a lot of Android fans who would be delighted with the news because next to the round face Moto 360, actually it's even better looking, the LG Watch Urbane is a classic beauty. More people prefer round watches than boxy-squarish ones and the LG Watch Urbane is certainly way ahead than the old smartwatches from LG: the LG G Watch and the LG G Watch R.

Someone got Android Wear (kinda) running on Tizen smartwatches

While Tizen seems to be a pretty decent smartwatch platform, compared to Android Wear, it still seems light years away. And it looks like Samsung, aside from its Gear Live, has no intention of coming out further with wearables that will run on Google's platform and will stick it out with their own. But a developer doesn't want to give up, taking four long months to try and port Android Wear into the Samsung Gear 2, and it looks like finally, he has succeeded.

New Asus VivoWatch to be sold in watch, not gadget, stores

You would expect that smartwatches will be sold where smartphones are usually sold, since they are more of a gadget rather than an actual watch (although they do tell time). But Asus sees it diferently, at least when it comes to their brand new wearable, the VivoWatch. Instead of heading to your nearest gadget stores, you might want to step in to stores where they sell old-school watches as this is where you'll find the newest smartwatch from Asus.

Samsung SDK for the possibly round next-gen Gear ready for devs

The latest Android Wear platform is almost ready to roll out on some of the newest smartwatch models in the market today and Samsung would like to join in the fun by sending out invites to some developers to try out the Software Development Kit (SDK) of the next generation Galaxy Gear--which could be round this time based on the images on the invitation. There's no mention though if this is official for Android Wear or for Samsung's very own Tizen. And oh, this is the first SDK for the Galaxy Gear line.

Some apps in Apple’s App Store rejected for mentioning Pebble support

The Pebble smartwatch and OS may have been around longer than either the Android Wear platform and the Apple Watch, but that doesn't mean it's going to get a "free pass", at least not from Apple. Reports say that some apps are being rejected from publication in the Apple App Store, because they make mention of Pebble Smartwatch support. This doesn't bode well for the rumor that Google plans to make their platform open to iOS as well.

No WiFi support for some smartwatches from LG, Asus

Apparently, not all Android Wear smartwatches are created equal. While those who own the Moto 360 and the Sony Smartwatch 3 are rejoicing that they will have WiFi support from the latest update from the wearable platform, some smartwatches like the LG G Watch, G Watch R, and the Asus Zenwatch will not be getting this additional connectivity from Android. There is still no word from Samsung on whether their devices have WiFi antennas.

Win an Android smart watch with The Huawei Watch Giveaway [DEALS]

You could win a brand new Android smart watch with The Huawei Watch Giveaway, presented by Android Community Deals. The grand prize in this contest is the highly anticipated Huawei Android smart watch, valued at $500. This watch blends a classic aesthetic and timeless sophistication with modern technology. Whether you are at the office, the gym, or out on the town, you will look like a million bucks with this watch on your wrist.
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