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Android Wear app v2.0 beta for developer preview 3 adds a Google account manager and removed some outdated settings [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 03:34 PM PDT

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After an extensive delay, Google finally dropped the third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 yesterday. While hot topic was a newly extended timeline that pushes a final software release to early 2017, there was also a new version of the Android Wear companion app made available.

It's important to note right away that this is a beta release and is currently only intended for watches running developer preview 3.

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Android Wear app v2.0 beta for developer preview 3 adds a Google account manager and removed some outdated settings [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) now official with 16MP camera

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 03:08 PM PDT

South Korean carrier SK Telecom has announced a brand new smartphone in the Galaxy A lineup from Samsung, raising the curtain on the Galaxy A8 (2016).

The Galaxy A8 (2016) is now officially official. The new device boasts a 5.7-inch 1080p HD display with an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor under the hood. It's running Android 6.0.1, there's 3GB of RAM built in, it's got a metal body, and there's a 16-megapixel camera on the back.

samsunggalaxya82016rearlargeOther features include a 3300mAh battery, 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot, and there's a fingerprint reader on board, too. Samsung Pay support is built-in, as well as Always On Display.

The Galaxy A8 (2016) is available to pre-order from SK Telecom in South Korea right now, and it retails for 649,000 won, or about $590 USD. Whether or not it launches in other regions is unknown at this time.


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Some Android Wear watches not playing nice with iPhone 7

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 03:08 PM PDT

If you're using an Android Wear smartwatch with an iPhone (and we know that there are quite a few who are), you may want to hold off on upgrading to the iPhone 7.

Some people are experiencing issues with the iPhone 7′s Bluetooth connectivity, including not being able to pair their phone with the second gen Moto 360, Moto 360 Sport, ASUS ZenWatch 2, Fossil Q Founder, and TAG Heuer Connected. This may also apply to the first gen Moto 360 and the LG G Watch.

Unfortunately, this may not be Google's fault. It seems that people are having trouble with the iPhone 7′s Bluetooth connectivity in general, including flaky or dead connections to cars and other devices. (It was a bad time to remove the headphone jack, huh?) It might be on Apple to fix this, but Google is looking into it.


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Samsung Pay comes to Russia with support for five banks

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 03:08 PM PDT

Samsung's proprietary mobile payment system is expanding to Russia. Starting today, folks in Russia will be able to use Samsung Pay with five banks. Those are Alfa-Bank Banking Group, VTB24, MTS Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, Russian Standard Bank, and Yandex. 

The list of devices that support Samsung Pay in Russia is similarly short. You'll need a Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A5 (2016), or Galaxy A7 (2016).

If you own one of these devices in Russia, give Samsung Pay a shot and let us know what you think! And if you're in countries like Canada and the UK where Samsung Pay hasn't launched, you can wonder why Russia got it first.


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Huawei announces press conference on November 3, likely for Mate 9

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 02:08 PM PDT

Huawei has announced a press event on November 3 in Munich, Germany. While there's no official word on what'll be shown, the event might be the launch of the upcoming Huawei Mate 9.

The Mate 9 is going to be Huawei's new flagship to complement the mid-range devices the company recently released. It's set to be a beast, with rumored specs that include a 5.9-inch display, a Kirin 960 processor, 4 or 6GB of RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery, a 20MP camera, 64 to 256GB of memory, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

The device looks to be fantastic, at least on paper. We're looking forward to seeing what Huawei announces in November. Let us know what you think!


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Action Launcher preemptively adds launcher shortcuts expected to debut with the Pixel Launcher

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 01:54 PM PDT

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As you may have noticed in a recent teardown, Google's launcher shortcuts are most likely returning in Android 7.1 with the Pixel Launcher. This feature was part of the Nougat developer preview some months ago, but wasn't implemented in the final release. Now, an improved version is on the way, and Action Launcher continues its tradition of adding all the Pixel Launcher things before the Pixel Launcher even exists.

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Action Launcher preemptively adds launcher shortcuts expected to debut with the Pixel Launcher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Calendar events can now be seen in Google Maps

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 12:58 PM PDT

Google Maps has always tried to make it easier to get from one place to another, and its latest update will make it easier for users to find their way to a scheduled event.

The Google Maps team has teamed up with the Google Calendar team to make Calendar events viewable within Maps. You can also navigate to your event's location inside of Google Maps.

When you enter a new event, you'll need to make sure to enter the address for where you're going in the "Where" box. You'll also have to be signed into Google Maps and Google Calendar to get the feature to work. It's easy to see a list of upcoming events, too, each of which can be accessed and the address brought up for easy navigation, by accessing the side menu and selecting "Your Places." Once inside, choose the "Upcoming" option, and a list of events will show up.

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Google Maps now integrates upcoming events from Google Calendar [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 12:39 PM PDT

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Google is making use of its new company blog to announce a feature for Maps. The app now has improved integration with your upcoming calendar appointments, a feature that we spotted in a teardown the other day. When you include a location with your Google Calendar events, they'll now show up on the Map and in a special upcoming places tab.

To access your upcoming events in Maps, open the nav menu and select "Your Places." The upcoming tab lists any events you have in your added that include location info.

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Google Maps now integrates upcoming events from Google Calendar [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Hopper, Telegram

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 12:08 PM PDT

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Hopper - Version 3.0.57

Hopper

What's new in this version:

  • Filters….finally! Until now, Hopper has been providing guidance on how to score the cheapest deal. With this release, Hopper can now predict the best times to buy based on your personal preferences, like flying nonstop, and alerts you to only flight options you care about.

 

Telegram - Version 3.12.0

Telegram

What's new in this version:

  • Draw on your photos and apply stylish masks, stickers, and text. We're launching a platform for masks today; anyone can upload their own sets of masks, beards, glasses, and the like.
  • Create your own GIFs using the new "mute" feature after you record a video.
  • Access trending stickers directly from the stickers panel in any of your chats.
  • Added support for Android 7.0.

 

Opera Browser - Version 37.0.0

Opera

What's new in this version:

  • Added ad blocker
  • Support for web push notifications
  • Dedicated website settings
  • Multi-window support
  • Upgrade to Chromium 50

 

SwiftKey Beta - Version 6.4.4.74

What's new in this version:

  • You can now type in 5 languages at once!
  • We've added 4 new languages: Sindhi Pakistan, Pashto, Scottish Gaelic, Uyghur
  • New Neural Net languages: French, German & Spanish
  • You can now turn on/off key press popups
  • New setting in a tablet layout to turn on/off dedicated emoji key that appears to the left of the space bar

 

Yahoo Mail - Version 5.9.1

Yahoo Mail

What's new in this version:

  • Add extra protection by using your fingerprint or passcode to open your inbox.
  • Edit account information without leaving the app.
  • Share enhanced links – see a preview of the web page or video link in the body of an email
  • Easily edit contact information – quickly add, delete and modify information directly from the Mail app

 

Sync for reddit - Version 12.2.1

Sync for Reddit

What's new in this version:

  • All snackbars can now be swiped away
  • Added Android N split screen support
  • Fixed a few crashing issues

 

Spaces - Version 1.7.0

Spaces

What's new in this version:

  • Download shared images
  • Bug fixes

 

Yahoo Fantasy Sports - Version 8.2.5

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

What's new in this version:

  • Increased the number of players you can see on Team, Matchup and Player pages
  • Provided the ability to hide specific Dashboard cards
  • Enabled player search on the Add Player page
  • Added a Matchups tab in bottom nav, allowing you to swipe between all your match-ups on game day

 

Google News & Weather - Version 2.8.0

Google News & Weather

What's new in this version:

  • Instant-loading articles with AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages). Phones only.
  • A cool new way to read headlines: Browse carousel. Tap to read. Swipe to read next.

 

Pokemon GO - Version 0.39.0

Pokemon GO

What's new in this version:

  • Capture location: The location where a Pokémon was caught will now be displayed on their information screen.
  • Pokémon GO Plus and Incense: Trainers can attempt to capture Pokémon they encounter from using Incense with the Pokémon GO Plus accessory.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some users to get stuck on the loading screen, even after restarting the app.
  • Fixed a bug where the camera sometimes moved at slow speeds during battle.

 


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Gmail updated with minor tweaks, plus new empty inbox and spam folder graphics [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 09:44 AM PDT

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There's a new version of Gmail rolling out today with a number of small changes. You may or may not notice these tweaks to functionality, but you'll probably notice the new graphics Google has added for an empty inbox or spam folder. It's kind of like Inbox.

You can see the new graphics above. In addition to that, Gmail 6.9.11.134426830 includes the following.

  • Get search results faster online or offline – now with your non-Google accounts
  • Add a new account more easily
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

As usual, we've got the APK available on APK Mirror.

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Gmail updated with minor tweaks, plus new empty inbox and spam folder graphics [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sphero's Star Wars Force Band lets you control BB-8 using motion gestures

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 08:20 AM PDT

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The Force Awakens is approaching a year old, but by Star Wars standards, the merchandising is only just beginning. A particularly new offering is the Star Wars Force Band, which lets you control Sphero's tiny BB-8 droid that has been rolling around since the film hit theaters. But instead of doing so using an on-screen interface, you use the Force.

In this case, the Force responds to wrist movement detected by Sphero's $79 band.

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Sphero's Star Wars Force Band lets you control BB-8 using motion gestures was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Text-to-speech v3.10 adds options to change voice intonation and boost its volume above other apps [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 08:10 AM PDT

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The Text-to-speech app doesn't see many major updates throughout the year, but when it does, there's often something interesting to see when it happens. Version 3.10 began rolling out yesterday and it comes bearing a pair of new settings to intelligently alter volume based on existing audio playback and to control the intonation of synthesized voices. As always, we've got a link below to grab the latest apk if you aren't among the first to get it straight from Google.

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Text-to-speech v3.10 adds options to change voice intonation and boost its volume above other apps [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Flipboard reaches 500 Million installs on the Play Store

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 05:59 AM PDT

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I don't "read" news anymore. If you saw what my Gmail inbox looks like every morning, you'd understand why reading something, anything really, other than the 300 or so emails we get at Android Police every day is a bit of an optimistic dream that I stopped entertaining a long time ago. I do listen to news though, in the form of podcasts that I've cherry-picked to my preferences and that I enjoy while driving or walking.

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Flipboard reaches 500 Million installs on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Dimensions For Google’s Larger Pixel XL Phone Revealed

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 10:40 PM PDT

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We're less than a week away from Google's October 4 event and now we have yet another leak regarding the company's upcoming product.

As you all know, Google is expected release their first series of Pixel phones this year, the Pixel and Pixel XL, both manufactured by HTC. While the dimensions for the smaller Pixel have already been leaked, it was time for the same to be done for Pixel XL.

Onleaks has generously published a new render of the phone alongside its dimensions and they are as follows: 154.72mm height, 75.74mm width, 7.3mm thick on the bottom and 8.5mm on the top.

Check out Onleaks video showing a 360-degree render of the phone.

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The latest versions of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides allow you to restore deleted files

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 06:39 PM PDT

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Like countless other people, I've accidentally deleted files I didn't mean to get rid of; it's frustrating, but you can usually find these files in a "Trash" or "Recycle Bin" folder and restore them. Until today, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides users on Android who accidentally deleted documents they were working on were forced to exit their current app, open Drive, slide out the hamburger menu, click "Trash", and retrieve their work there.

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The latest versions of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides allow you to restore deleted files was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Maps gets new hands-free voice commands

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 05:08 PM PDT

Google Maps has long had a microphone button so you could give voice commands, but the "OK Google" hotword would trigger the standard Google overlay. Now Google has announced that the "OK Google" hotword triggers hands-free voice commands in Maps itself.

If you want to give it a shot, make sure you're on the latest version of Google Maps and the Google app. Then hit the three-dot menu button followed by Settings, then "OK Google" detection and enable "OK Google" during navigation.

You can ask things like "When is my ETA?" "How is traffic?" and control your destination by saying "Avoid tolls" and "Show alternate routes." Commands for texting, calling, and playing music work as normal.

Hands-free voice commands are definitely important, as even a split-second of paying attention to your phone is a lot of distance when it comes to traveling at 70 MPH. Stay safe and talk to your phone.


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South Korean Kookmin Bank announces support for Note 7 iris scanner

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 04:08 PM PDT

The adoption of the fingerprint sensor on smartphones is huge among phone makers, but app support hasn't quite matched that growth. While a few apps have support using your fingerprint for authentication, it's still an an uncommon trick.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner claims to be a faster and easier take on biometric identification, and South Korean Kookmin Bank has announced that it will soon support the iris scanner in its mobile banking app.

Seeing support grow for the iris scanner is great, as those who use it can use it in more places. Unless those places are outdoors, as many have trouble with the scanner in the sunlight.


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BlackBerry will continue to release devices with physical keyboards, despite not making hardware

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 04:08 PM PDT

BlackBerry announced yesterday that it will no longer be making its own hardware. This is a move to cut costs and focus on software, where BlackBerry may still see success. This news worried fans of the classic BlackBerry keyboard.

Thankfully, CEO John Chen says that the keyboard isn't going anywhere. Despite its hardware being outsourced, BlackBerry will keep to company standards and the keyboard we all loved will make a return in the future.

If the company that builds BlackBerry's next keyboard-sporting device can nail the amazing feel of keyboards past, BlackBerry's move away from hardware may not be a bad one for consumers. And if it keeps a brand we love alive, it'll be even better. We hate to see iconic brands die.


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Unity game engine now supports Vulkan rendering on Android

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 03:09 PM PDT

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Unity, if you're not familiar with game development, is a popular cross-platform game engine. Although Unity games can most often be found on PC and consoles, Android games utilizing the engine include Crossy Road, Monument Valley, Lara Croft: Relic Run, and more. Today Unity has announced the Vulkan Renderer Preview, finally allowing developers to use the Vulkan API with their games.

The Vulkan API (not to be confused with the Star Trek planet Vulcan) has been hyped to the moon and back in the gaming industry recently, and for good reason.

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Unity game engine now supports Vulkan rendering on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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PSA: Today's update to the Oculus VR app on Samsung phones is causing heavy battery drain

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 02:14 PM PDT

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Those of you with a newer Samsung phone might want to take a peek at the battery usage today. Many users are reporting substantial battery drain after an update to the Oculus VR app. The only fix right now appears to be completely uninstalling the app.

Users are reporting the CPU in their phones is staying cranked up, preventing the device from going to sleep, thus wasting a lot of power. One post says the Galaxy S7 lost 70% of its juice in three hours.

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PSA: Today's update to the Oculus VR app on Samsung phones is causing heavy battery drain was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3 released; final version pushed to 2017

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 12:08 PM PDT

Google has announced that the third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 is now available. The tech giant delved into wearables with the first version of its specific OS, Android Wear. Since then, wearables have faced a rocky road, with consumer interest remaining lower than expected. Regardless, manufacturers are hoping that a fresh OS and new technology can help to drive the market forward.

Android Wear 2.0 is the next step for Google, featuring more innovation and a great deal of refinement over the original launch version. The third developer preview carries in the important addition of the Google Play Store on the watch itself. Previously, users have had to download apps for their watch on their phone, which was connected to the watch via Bluetooth. As part of a response to developer feedback, Google has now integrated the store into the watch itself, in an effort to make it easier for users to find apps.

An important note in the announcement was the statement that the developer preview program has been extended until early 2017, which also pushes the final release of Android Wear 2.0 to early 2017. The final version was originally set to be released this in late fall/early winter of 2016.

You can find more details at the source link below, and we'll keep you posted on further updates regarding Android Wear.


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LG X power with 4100mAh battery, LG G Pad X II headed to U.S. Cellular

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 11:08 AM PDT

For those of you on U.S. Cellular, your carrier has some new offerings for you.

First up is the LG X power, which originally debuted back in June. Its biggest draw is the 4100mAh battery tucked inside its shell. The X power also features a 5.2-inch 720p HD display, and there's an 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP front camera, 16GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage which supports cards up to 2TB. The X power is running Android 6.0.1 out of the box, it boasts 2GB of RAM, and also there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor.

U.S. Cellular is charging $0 down and $7 per month for 30 months. You can also choose to pay $8.75 for 24 months or $10.50 per month for 20 months. If you opt for prepaid option, you'll pay $149.99.

Also new to U.S. Cellular is LG's G Pad X II. It has a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage. It also offers a microSD card slot, a 6000mAh battery, and 5MP front and rear cameras. It's also got a built-in kickstand.

For the G Pad X II, U.S. Cellular will charge $0 down and $10 monthly payments for 30 months or $12.50 for 24 months. There's a two-year contract option, too, which will cost $149.99.


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Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3: Play Store and More

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 10:18 AM PDT

Posted by Hoi Lam, Developer Advocate

Today we're launching the third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 with a big new addition: Google Play on Android Wear. The Play Store app makes it easy for users to find and install apps directly on the watch, helping developers like you reach more users.

Play Store features

With Play Store for Android Wear, users can browse recommended apps in the home view and search for apps using voice, keyboard, handwriting, and recommended queries, so they can find apps more easily. Users can switch between multiple accounts, be part of alpha and beta tests, and update or uninstall apps in the "My apps" view on their watch, so they can manage apps more easily. Perhaps the coolest feature: If users want an app on their watch but not on their phone, they can install only the watch app. In fact, in Android Wear 2.0, phone apps are no longer necessary. You can now build and publish watch-only apps for users to discover on Google Play.

Why an on-watch store?

We asked developers like you what you wanted most out of Android Wear, and you told us you wanted to make it easier for users to discover apps. So we ran studies with users to find out where they expected and wanted to discover apps––and they repeatedly looked for and asked for a way to discover apps right on the watch itself. Along with improvements to app discovery on the phone and web, the Play Store on the watch helps users find apps right where they need them.

Publish your apps

To make your apps available on Play Store for Android Wear, just follow these steps. You'll need to make sure your Android Wear 2.0 apps set minSdkVersion to 24 or higher, use the runtime permissions model, and are uploaded via multi-APK using the Play Developer Console. If your app supports Android Wear 1.0, the developer guide also covers the use of product flavors in Gradle.

Download the New Android Wear companion app

To set up Developer Preview 3, you'll need to install a beta version of the Android Wear app on your phone, flash your watch to the latest preview release, and use the phone app to add a Google Account to your watch. These steps are detailed in Download and Test with a Device. If you don't have a watch to test on, you can use the emulator as well.

Other additions in Developer Preview 3
Developer Preview 3 also includes:
  • Complications improvements: Starting with Developer Preview 3, watch face developers will need to request RECEIVE_COMPLICATION_DATA permission before the watch face can receive complication data. We have added ComplicationHelperActivity to make this easier. In addition, watch face developers can now set default complications, including a selection of system data complications which do not require special permission (e.g. battery level and step count), as well as data providers that have whitelisted the watch face. Lastly, there are behavior changes related to ComplicationData to 1) help better differentiate various scenarios leading to "empty data" and 2) ease development by returning a default value for fields not supported by a complication type instead of throwing a runtime exception.
  • New WearableRecyclerView: This new UI component helps developers display and manipulate vertical lists of items while optimizing for round displays.
  • Inline Action for Notifications: A new API makes it easy to take action on a notification right from the stream. Developers can specify which action is displayed inline at the bottom of the notification by calling setHintDisplayActionInline:

    NotificationCompat.Action replyAction =
    new NotificationCompat.Action.Builder(R.drawable.ic_message_white_24dp,
    "Reply", replyPendingIntent)
    .addRemoteInput(remoteInput)
    .extend(new NotificationCompat.Action.WearableExtender()
    .setHintDisplayActionInline(true))
    .build();
  • Smart Reply: Android Wear now generates Smart Reply responses for MessagingStyle notifications. Smart Reply responses are generated by an entirely on-watch machine learning model using the context provided by the MessagingStyle notification, and no data is uploaded to the cloud to generate the responses.
  • And much more: Read about the complete list of changes in the Android Wear developer preview release notes.
    Timeline

    We've gotten tons of great feedback from the developer community about Android Wear 2.0––thank you! We've decided to continue the preview program into early 2017, at which point the first watches will receive Android Wear 2.0. Please keep the feedback coming by filing bugs or posting in our Android Wear Developers community, and stay tuned for Android Wear Developer Preview 4.


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Google is rolling out a ton of new navigation voice commands

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 09:31 AM PDT

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Driving is serious business—you're in control of a rolling pile of metal and glass weighing thousands of pounds, and one moment of inattention can have very messy consequences. So, for goodness' sake, don't screw around with your phone while driving. Google Maps has voice commands while in navigation or driving mode to help you keep your hands off the phone, and today there are a lot more available.

Google's blog post goes through the whole process of setting up OK Google commands to work in Maps.

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Google is rolling out a ton of new navigation voice commands was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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SwiftKey Beta gets a big update with support for 5 simultaneous languages, new neural network languages, and more

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 08:52 AM PDT

unnamedSwiftKey has been making some big changes lately, and running the beta version of the keyboard gets you a sneak peek at what's coming next. In the latest beta update, there are new languages integrated with SwiftKey's improved neural network prediction engine, as well as support for using as many as five languages at the same time. SwiftKey loves multi-lingual users, apparently.

Here's the full changelog provided by SwiftKey.

  • You can now type in 5 languages at once!
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SwiftKey Beta gets a big update with support for 5 simultaneous languages, new neural network languages, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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News Pro is a new app from Microsoft Garage that personalizes the news

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 06:20 AM PDT

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We all have our own unique ways to read the news. Some like RSS apps. Some like Flipboard, or Yahoo News Digest. Others prefer to read the news direct on the website. There's yet another solution now: a new app from Microsoft Garage, a department of the software giant that seems to have an unlimited stream of Android apps, has released News Pro, aims to center the news around you and your profile, finding content that'll interest you.

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News Pro is a new app from Microsoft Garage that personalizes the news was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 10 new Android games this week: Looty Dungeon, Frost

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 06:14 AM PDT

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Pumped BMX 3

DescriptionThe final installment of the smash hit #1 rated BMX game is here! Following on from the insane success of Pumped BMX 2, Pumped 3 is back with more riders, more bikes, more stunts, more levels and more challenges!

 

Fusion Masters

DescriptionFusion Masters is a cartoon fantasy card game where you create a customizable team of elemental monsters from a varied collection of cards! FIRE, WATER, NATURE OR DARK – WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE?

 

Looty Dungeon

DescriptionOutwit, outrun, and slay your enemies and in this never ending world of endless dungeons and epic boss battles. Play as a knight, an archer, a pair of dueling twins, a fairy, a wizard or any of the other 50 unforgettably unique characters.

 

Check It: Memory Challenge

DescriptionDesigned from the ground up to be a true test of memory, Check It was made to put even the smartest minds to the test. Although only 50 levels in length, these 50 levels will test your patience!

 

Banner Saga 2

DescriptionThe epic award winning story-based role-playing game continues its emotional journey across a breaking world. Lead your Viking clans across hostile country on the brink of collapse. Make bold leadership decisions, manage resources wisely and strike skillfully in battle to survive another day in the harsh wild.

 

Burly Men at Sea

Description: Set in the waters of early 20th-century Scandinavia, the game's story branches through a series of encounters with creatures from folklore. You play as storyteller and wayfinder, shaping the narrative around three ungainly heroes. Play through once for a single tale, then set sail again to uncover paths to new adventures.

 

Concrete Jungle

DescriptionA follow up to the puzzle hit Megacity! Concrete Jungle is a new take on the city building genre that swaps micro-management for a more strategic and puzzle-orientated style of city planning.

 

Frost

DescriptionOn a world where a giant and lethal storm restlessly moves around the globe, people learned to survive in this cold, harsh and hostile environment. They are searching for the Refuge, a place where the Frost would never go.

 

Dog Sled Saga

DescriptionAs a rookie musher, foster a dogsledding team whose skills will grow if they're treated right. Week by week, get to know your dogs' unique traits, and carve your story into the trails of the Mount St. Something region.

 

Micro Machines

DescriptionThe legendary MICRO MACHINES gameplay returns in this all-new multiplayer combat racer from Codemasters! MASSIVE RACING ON A MICRO SCALE! Race across 18 fun-filled tracks including breakfast tables, desktops, pool tables and kitchen sinks in a vast array of tiny, but powerful, MICRO MACHINES.

 


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Versus Evil releases Banner Saga 2, looks as beautiful as the original

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 04:50 AM PDT

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The Banner Saga, first released on Android just under two years ago, is a beautiful, beautiful game, with fantastic graphics and a great story. The company behind it, independent games developer Versus Evil, has just released the sequel, Banner Saga 2, onto the Play Store, and my word does it look good.

In case you've not played these wonderful games, The Banner Saga is a role-playing game set in a Norse world, with Vikings, myths, and legends abound.

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Google Photos v2.1 adds rotation suggestions to quickly fix sideways pictures [APK Download]

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 04:50 AM PDT

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It's fairly common for Google's app updates to be a little less feature-packed in the days leading up to major announcements. Whatever the reason, the changelogs – if there were any – probably wouldn't mention anything more than "bug fixes and performance improvements." The latest release of the Photos app isn't quite untouched, but it's pretty light on changes. The only clear addition is a settings toggle to enable rotation suggestions.

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Hopper adds Watch Filters to tailor price drop alerts to the flights that matter to you

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 02:59 AM PDT

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I haven't traveled anywhere in the past year, but if I had, I would have surely used Hopper. The app, which was released a little more than a year ago, monitors flight prices and predicts the best time for you to purchase your tickets for the lowest possible price. However, there was one aspect to Hopper that was lacking: it just looked at all flights and didn't take into account your personal preferences.

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Spotify launches today in Japan on an invite-only basis, debuts song lyrics on mobile

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 02:35 AM PDT

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Spotify today announced the official arrival of its music service in the Land of the Rising Sun. Both Spotify's ad-supported free streaming plan and ad-free subscription will be available in Japan, making it the only music service in the country to offer the choice between these two approaches — or so does Spotify claim.

But the service isn't yet available to all. Users will have to go to Spotify.com in Japan and request an invite to be able to join.

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Spotify launches today in Japan on an invite-only basis, debuts song lyrics on mobile was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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BlackBerry DTEK60 appears in new leaks

Posted: 28 Sep 2016 05:08 PM PDT

Shortly after BlackBerry's announcement that it would no longer be making its own hardware, leaks have appeared of the BlackBerry DTEK60, a new smartphone that sits on the high-end of the spectrum. The device is manufactured by TCL, which also makes Alcatel devices. Design-wise, the similarities with Alcatel smartphones are quite clear, though the DTEK60 also shares a resemblance to its brother, the DTEK50. The device is grey and features curved sides.

The DTEK60 is a large device, with a 5.5-inch QHD (2560×1440) AMOLED display. Inside, users will find a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 3000mAh battery. For cameras, users can find a 21-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. One very unique aspect is the fingerprint scanner, which is a first for a BlackBerry device.

BlackBerry is reportedly releasing the DTEK60 in Canada on October 11 for $699 CAD ($530 USD). A US launch is likely to follow.

Source: WinFuture, @evleaks
Via: PhoneArena


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