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Wear OS v2.16 prepares priority notifications for favorite contacts, optional media controls, and much more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Android Wear, or Wear OS as it's now known, seems to have found renewed momentum lately with fresh efforts in fitness, updates to the interface, and new hardware coming on the horizon. The latest update brings one notable change the improves the interface for managing notifications, but also carries with it the signs of many other changes and additions to come.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Updated notification filter screen

Improvements to notification filters

 

Left: v2.15.

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Wear OS v2.16 prepares priority notifications for favorite contacts, optional media controls, and much more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Wear OS v2.16 prepares priority notifications for favorite contacts, optional media controls, and much more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Android Wear, or Wear OS as it's now known, seems to have found renewed momentum lately with fresh efforts in fitness, updates to the interface, and new hardware coming on the horizon. The latest update brings one notable change the improves the interface for managing notifications, but also carries with it the signs of many other changes and additions to come.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Updated notification filter screen

Improvements to notification filters

 

Left: v2.15.

Read More

Wear OS v2.16 prepares priority notifications for favorite contacts, optional media controls, and much more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Wear OS gets a redesign with a focus on health coaching and proactive information

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Google is attempting to breathe new life into Wear OS with another redesign. Things are getting shifted around so that the most important stuff is front-and-center, or just a quick swipe away. On paper, it all sounds pretty good.

One irritating thing about Wear 2.0 was how it handled notifications, especially bundled ones. Google says that it's addressing this in the redesign, but from the sounds of it, not much is changing.

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Wear OS gets a redesign with a focus on health coaching and proactive information was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Wear OS app v2.14 will add a shortcut to block app notifications [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

While you can run apps on Wear OS, the main reason for it to exist is to serve notifications. But for as much as notifications are useful, too many can be counterproductive. If you're finding that one or more of your apps is getting too noisy, but you're not quite ready to shut down notifications altogether, one good solution is to block those notifications from reaching your watch. Soon, you'll be able to access the settings screen to configure blocked apps by using a launcher shortcut.

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Wear OS app v2.14 will add a shortcut to block app notifications [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AsteroidOS, an open-source Wear OS alternative, now available as a stable release

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

A few years ago, a French computer science student named Florent Revest undertook a project to keep Android Wear smartwatches from dying of obsolescence. That project is called AsteroidOS, built entirely on GNU/Linux libraries and technologies, and in its current state, it's fairly basic. Even so, for all fans of open source software out there, this is pretty damn great.

This is the stable release of v1.0 and it works on a few select watches: Asus ZenWatch, Asus ZenWatch 2, Asus ZenWatch 3, LG G Watch, LG Watch Urbane, LG G Watch R, and Sony Smartwatch 3.

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AsteroidOS, an open-source Wear OS alternative, now available as a stable release was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

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.

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