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Update Notes for YouTube, YouTube Music, Gmail, Wear OS, Google Assistant, and Creator Studio (Mar 24, 2018)

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.

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Update Notes for YouTube, YouTube Music, Gmail, Wear OS, Google Assistant, and Creator Studio (Mar 24, 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Skagen Falster review: A very sleek Wear OS watch let down by terrible hardware decisions

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Over the last year, we've seen a tangible shift in Android Wear's — now Wear OS — direction. Previously geared toward the demanding techie crowd that was tough to win over, Google's smartwatch platform found a sort of reprieve in more niche markets. We've seen Wear watches made for extreme sports, outdoors, running, and a slew of fashion-forward models from recognized brands like Michael Kors, Diesel, GUESS, Fossil, Kate Spade, Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.

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Skagen Falster review: A very sleek Wear OS watch let down by terrible hardware decisions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Skagen Falster review: A very sleek Wear OS watch let down by terrible hardware decisions

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Over the last year, we've seen a tangible shift in Android Wear's — now Wear OS — direction. Previously geared toward the demanding techie crowd that was tough to win over, Google's smartwatch platform found a sort of reprieve in more niche markets. We've seen Wear watches made for extreme sports, outdoors, running, and a slew of fashion-forward models from recognized brands like Michael Kors, Diesel, GUESS, Fossil, Kate Spade, Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.

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Skagen Falster review: A very sleek Wear OS watch let down by terrible hardware decisions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Mobvoi’s Ticwatch S and E are available in the UK from today

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Google-backed Mobvoi launched the Ticwatch S and E in the US last year, following on from the impressive TicHome Mini Google Assistant speaker. The stylish Ticwatches now run Wear OS 2.9 out of the box (Android Wear 2.0 at time of initial release) and are making their way across the Atlantic to the UK. They're both available to purchase from today.

The Ticwatch S goes for a traditionally sporty look.

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Mobvoi's Ticwatch S and E are available in the UK from today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google improves Play Music experience on Wear OS, adds shuffle functionality

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Google rebranded Android Wear as Wear OS last week, but the change didn't bring any new features with it. The reason behind the rebranding wasn't stated explicitly, but it may be that Google wants to make the wearable operating system seem more platform agnostic — one in every three Android Wear watch owners uses an iPhone, so dropping the 'Android' from the name of the platform might help even more people realize that Wear works with iOS devices, too.

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Google improves Play Music experience on Wear OS, adds shuffle functionality was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hublot’s $5,200 Wear OS watch to be worn by 2018 FIFA World Cup referees, limited to 2,018 pieces

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Hublot has become the latest watchmaker to delve into the realm of Andr- I mean, Wear OS watches. Its new watch, dubbed 'Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia' (seriously) will be worn by referees for the --- you guessed it --- 2018 FIFA World Cup, and it'll retail for 5,000 Swiss francs (~$5,200 US). It'll be limited to 2,018 pieces.

That's some pretty majestic music.

As you'd expect from a $5,200 smartwatch, the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (henceforth referred to as 'BBR2018FWCR') is pretty well-equipped.

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Hublot's $5,200 Wear OS watch to be worn by 2018 FIFA World Cup referees, limited to 2,018 pieces was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant on Wear OS now understands Spanish and Hindi

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Google Assistant's language support is, to put it mildly, dumbfounding. The list of languages that you can talk to Assistant in varies between phones, tablets, smartwatches, speakers, Google Home, Allo, TVs, Autos, and every other medium you can find it on. But sooner or later, they start catching up to each other, and now two new languages are making their way to Assistant on Wear OS: Spanish and Hindi.

So if you were previously able to use Assistant on your phone in Spanish - and more recently in Hindi - but were baffled by the fact that your smartwatch, which is set to either of these languages, didn't get Assistant, then you're in luck.

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Google Assistant on Wear OS now understands Spanish and Hindi was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant on Wear OS now understands Spanish and Hindi

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Google Assistant's language support is, to put it mildly, dumbfounding. The list of languages that you can talk to Assistant in varies between phones, tablets, smartwatches, speakers, Google Home, Allo, TVs, Autos, and every other medium you can find it on. But sooner or later, they start catching up to each other, and now two new languages are making their way to Assistant on Wear OS: Spanish and Hindi.

So if you were previously able to use Assistant on your phone in Spanish - and more recently in Hindi - but were baffled by the fact that your smartwatch, which is set to either of these languages, didn't get Assistant, then you're in luck.

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Google Assistant on Wear OS now understands Spanish and Hindi was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: APK Download and blog post] The Android Wear rebrand to ‘Wear OS’ is now official

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

 

Smartwatches haven't been the smash hit everyone was expecting. We're coming up on four years since Android Wear launched, and the platform has gained little traction. Well, Android Wear is over. Now it's Wear OS that has yet to gain traction. Yes, the rumored rebranding of Google's wearable OS is now official.

There's a new landing page for Wear OS, but you could be fooled if you missed the branding at the top of the page.

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[Update: APK Download and blog post] The Android Wear rebrand to 'Wear OS' is now official was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Keep for Android Wear gets a new UI, removes shortcut to open a note on your phone

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Google Keep for Android Wear has made a significant jump from version 2.0.08 to 4.1.091. Along with this jump comes a new design that makes note actions easier to get to, though it does remove one neat feature that I often used.

To start, it's not clear to us whether this is the first proper Android Wear 2.0 APK for Keep or not. From the changelog's wording, it seems like the app is just now being directly distributed on the Play Store to Wear watches instead of the APK coming from the Keep app on your phone - the fact that it's now become compatible with iOS lends credence to that, but again, we're not 100% sure.

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Google Keep for Android Wear gets a new UI, removes shortcut to open a note on your phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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