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[Update: Hangouts 4.0 Not Required] Hangouts 4.0 Leak Shows The Ability To Start Conversations From Android Wear Actually Working

Hangouts 4.0. We want you. And that desire has only grown after Phandroid's latest leak. It looks like users will be able to initiate Hangouts conversations using Android Wear once the latest update comes around.

As some readers have pointed out, this feature does not appear to require Hangouts 4. People are having success initiating Hangouts messages from Android Wear using the version currently available in the Play Store.

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A Motorola Smart Watch Just Passed Through The FCC, Probably The New Moto 360

Motorola's big announcement came and went today with no word on a new Android Wear watch. Phones? Psh, whatever. We have plenty of phones, Motorola. Where's the new Moto 360? Well, it might be sitting at the FCC for regulatory approval right now.

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[Deal Alert] Asus ZenWatch Drops To $129.99 On The Google Store (Down From $200)

Asus announced a new ZenWatch several weeks ago, and now the original ZenWatch is getting a price drop, presumably to pave the way for the new version. It used to sell for $199.99, but now you can have the first-gen ZenWatch for just $129.99.

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Ingress Gets Android Wear Support In Version 1.81, Becomes Only Marginally Less Awkward To Play In Public

In February of this year, Google said that Ingress would soon work on Android Wear. It provided this preview image, which provides a rundown of what functionality to expect.

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The Next Version Of Android Wear Will Reportedly Include Watch-To-Watch Communication And Interactive Faces

We've been hearing rumblings about an Android Wear update coming out in the next few weeks, and now Phandroid has some info on what might be included. The next update will have two main feature additions—a watch-to-watch communication system and interactive watch faces.

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[Deal Alert] Woot Has A Refurbished LG G Watch For $69.99 with $5 Shipping

If you didn't get in on those crazy $50 deals for the G Watch earlier this year... well, we can't give you that deal again. Sorry, but he who hesitates is lost. But Amazon subsidiary Woot has a deal nearly as good going on for the next week: the original black LG G Watch, refurbished, for $69.99. So, he who hesitates has only lost about twenty bucks in this example.

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While this watch is refurbished, it comes with a 90 day warranty straight from LG, and thanks to Google's tight grip on Android Wear it already has access to all the latest software goodies.

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[Android Wear Manual Flashing Tutorials] How To Flash OTAs To An Asus ZenWatch

In part two of our series on manually flashing OTAs to Android Wear devices, we're going to take a look at the Asus ZenWatch.

Prerequisites

Before beginning, make sure you have the following:

  • The latest Google USB driver and platform tools, both of which can be installed via the Android SDK.
  • The OTA ZIP file that you want to flash.

How To Flash

  1. Go into the Settings app on your watch, then scroll down to "About," and tap on it.
  2. Scroll down to the build number and repeatedly tap on it until you see a toast notification telling you that you are now a developer.
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Moto 360 Price Drop Appears To Be Permanent, Now $150 In The Google Store And Elsewhere

Over a month ago the Moto 360 went on sale for $150. Now it looks like the circular smartwatch may have permanently dropped in price. The Google Store, Motorola.com, and Amazon are all listing it priced at $100 less than its original MSRP (though Best Buy still shows it at $250).

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The Moto 360 probably remains the most well-known Android Wear device, even if it's hardly the latest and greatest. Thanks to Motorola's craftmanship, the watch still makes for a stylish timepiece. So if you don't want to wait around for the next generation of Wear devices or part with over twice as much money for the LG Watch Urbane, now's not a bad time to pick up a Moto 360 for a lot less than it used to be.

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Volvo's On Call App Updated With A Slick New User Interface And Support For Android Wear

Volvos often get a bad rap. The running gag in the 80s and 90s was that the Swedish automaker known for some of the highest safety ratings on the road made boring cars for boring people. But these days Volvo offers a wide range of cars and SUVs, from mid-range to sport to luxury, with styling and features that meet or beat most competitors - all without sacrificing safety. That makes Volvo pretty cool in my book... but its Android apps still suck.

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Maybe that's a bit harsh. The Volvo On Call app sucked as of this morning, at least according to reviews on the Play Store.

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Pocket Casts Update Adds Podcast And Playlist Browsing From Android Wear

In its previous update, Pocket Casts added an Android Wear companion app that allowed you to browse your Up Next list of podcasts and pick an episode to play. It worked even when Pocket Casts wasn't launched on your phone and without requiring the notification first, which was awesome if you needed to start playback from your watch without having to dig your phone out of your pocket/purse. The whole idea though relied on you having already populated your playback queue because you couldn't browse your entire library from the watch. That's changing with this new update.

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In version 5.1.3, Pocket Casts revamped its notification actions, adding a few screens that you can swipe to when an episode is playing.

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