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Google partially delays policy change for Android Wear apps scheduled for next week

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

In late August of last year, Google announced some updates to its Android Wear policy which would affect the requirements for an app to obtain an "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge. Whereas previously, apps could qualify simply by implementing enhanced notifications, Google's planned policy change for January 18th, 2018 imposed some stricter restrictions.

The new policy would require apps to work as standalone Wear apps and force Wear APKs to be uploaded to the Play Store as a multi-APK instead of bundling them within phone apps.

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Google partially delays policy change for Android Wear apps scheduled for next week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Oreo will be rolling out to Android Wear starting today

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Android Wear 2.0, deep down inside, is based on Nougat 7.0. A bit over a month ago the platform saw news of a coming update to Oreo in the form of a beta program, originally only available for the LG Watch Sport. We presume that beta is now over, because Android Oreo is rolling out to Wear devices starting today.

This news comes according to a post made on Google+ by Hoi Lam, Wearables Developer Advocate at Google, in the Android Wear Developers community.

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Oreo will be rolling out to Android Wear starting today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Wear v2.6 includes a Recent app complication, network status indicators, download progress card, and more [APK Download]

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Google announced last month that one of the plans for Wear 2.0 had been to make the platform easier to update with software upgrades from the Play Store rather than relying so much on sending out a barrage of firmware updates. In the v2.6 update, quite a few improvements and little tweaks have been made to the interface, including new connection indicators, download status notifications, a recent app complication, and more.

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Android Wear v2.6 includes a Recent app complication, network status indicators, download progress card, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Music v8.5 drops 2 MB of dead weight by unbundling Wear app and fixes app shortcut adaptive icons [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

A new version of Play Music is available this afternoon and it's making a big leap in versions from 8.0 to 8.5. This update doesn't come with the redesign that had seemed likely after last month's visual refresh to Play Music on Android TV. But cosmetic touchups were in the cards as the adaptive icons for app shortcuts were fixed in this release. Additionally, Play Music lost some megabytes after unbundling its Wear app.

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Play Music v8.5 drops 2 MB of dead weight by unbundling Wear app and fixes app shortcut adaptive icons [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Wear beta program opens up for Oreo 8.0, only available for LG Watch Sport

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Now that Android 8.0 Oreo is out of beta and making its way onto devices in earnest, the Wear team is taking a turn with its own preliminary firmware update. Starting today, Google's Beta Program page is now distributing an early version of the next release of Android Wear. However, if you were looking forward to a lot of new features, you might be disappointed to hear that this is being referred to as a "technical upgrade to API 26" – mostly an update to the underlying infrastructure.

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Android Wear beta program opens up for Oreo 8.0, only available for LG Watch Sport was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is updating its policies for apps with Wear 1.0 support, multi-APK distribution to replace bundled APKs

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Android Wear has come a long way in the last three years, but it was the launch of Wear 2.0 that brought the most significant changes. With most of the Wear devices updated to 2.0, Google is adjusting the way it markets apps that target small(er) screens and implementing a new distribution model that removes some of the compromises associated with supporting older Wear devices.

A post to the Android Developers Blog details plans to change the "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge requirements.

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Google is updating its policies for apps with Wear 1.0 support, multi-APK distribution to replace bundled APKs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Deezer updated to include support for Android Wear [APK Download]

Friday, July 21st, 2017

French music streaming service Deezer launched in the US almost exactly a year ago and its large catalog of songs has impressed as the company attempts to rival Spotify and Google Play Music outside of Europe. Since May, subscribers have also been able to use the service through Google Home, and the latest update extends functionality to Android Wear watches.

There's no standalone app. Wear 2.0 compatibility is rolled into the main Android release, which is bumped up to version 5.4.8.46.

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Deezer updated to include support for Android Wear [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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