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Android Wear 2.9.0 will add unread notification indicators to watch faces

Android Wear, Google's slowly-but-steadily improving wearables platform, will be receiving an update in the near future with a pretty useful feature. On Thursday, Google announced a new Android Wear SDK version as well as the newest latest version of Android Wear, Android Wear 2.9.0. Android Wear 2.9.0 Android Wear 2.9.0 adds an Android Oreo-like notification dot, which...

Android Wear 2.8 Update Rolling Out with System-Wide Black Theme

Android Wear devices have small batteries, and software optimization makes all the difference when it comes to power conservation. AMOLED screens are one way some Android Wear OEMs boost battery life: Because AMOLED displays display black by switching off individual pixels, black backgrounds and watch faces save power. That's one of the reasons why Android...

Google Postpones Requirement to Ship Android Wear Apps with Multi-APK Support

At the tail end of August 2017, Google announced new policies designed to encourage developers to build standalone Android Wear applications and adopt the Google Play Developer Console's multi-APK delivery feature. They were set to go into effect on January 18, but the search giant's decided to postpone some of these requirements due to unexpected issues...

How to Potentially Fix Lag Issues on Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatches

Many users, since upgrading to Android Wear 2.0, have reported severe slowdowns where the device lags heavily and appears to freeze up at times. Often, waking the screen of the device and attempting to slide a notification card up will crawl the watch into a slow, unusable mess for a brief period of time. Lots of...

Android Wear Oreo Update Rolling Out to Supported Smartwatches

It wasn't that long ago that smartwatches were poised to become the "next big thing." Google announced Android Wear, a version of Android optimized for wearables, in 2014. Multiple smartwatches were released that year, including popular ones like the Moto 360. But despite tens of millions in collective sales and uptake from luxury Swiss brands...

Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

Android Wear 2.0, if it were to be summed up in one word by the community, would probably be described as "disappointing". Many users expected bigger things from the upgrade, and the long delays coupled with promises of features competitors had long before left a sour taste in the mouth of users. With even developer...

Android Wear 2.0 Allows New Features to be Added via Play Store Updates

Android Wear was an ambitious project by Google and its level of success seems to vary depending on who you ask. The company just held its annual hardware launch event last week where they announced a plethora of new products for consumers. One glaring omission though was anything new about Android Wear and this was...

Google Announces Android Wear Beta Based on Android Oreo, Starting with the LG Watch Sport

Google has announced a new Android Wear beta based on Android 8.0 Oreo, and it launches today starting with the LG Watch Sport. The new update brings the device to API level 26—the API level for Android 8.0— and introduces features such as the new background restrictions and notification channels. With the mess that was the...

Facer Receives an Update to v4.0, Adds Watchmaker Series, HTML5 Widgets and More

Smartwatch sales may not be booming like they once were, but there is still a dedicated community behind them. Some smartwatch owners will just switch between the pre-installed watch faces, while others will look for unique ones created by the community. There are watch faces provided by 3rd-party developers in the Play Store, and then...

Google Has Updated Their Policy to Promote Standalone Android Wear Apps

With Android Wear 2.0, applications can run standalone on the device and can be installed through the Google Play Store. Past initial setup, a phone is technically no longer needed to use the smartwatch. From Android Wear 1.0 to 1.5, applications were distributed from the phone to the watch, as the watch could not install...

Basic Smart Trackers Such as Fitbit on the Decline, Smartwatches on the Way Up

Smartwatches have been accused of being gimmicks, being a small device on your wrist which pings you with notifications and in some cases can also analyze your heart rate or movement. Don't forget the price tag: a "decent" smartwatch (in the sense of it having a heart rate monitor, good processor, AMOLED panel and so...

How to Sync Do Not Disturb Mode Between Android Wear and Your Phone

Android Wear 2.0 has been a much-awaited update, with watches such as the Moto 360 Sport only now getting it while the update came out in May for the Huawei Watch. With the Wear 2.0 update came many improvements, including the device now being able to install applications directly on your watch and a keyboard...