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Google Addresses Custom Watch Faces On Android Wear, Says Developers Should Hold Off Until The API Is Done

If you've got one of those shiny new Android Wear watches to fiddle around with, you've probably noticed the sad state of custom watch faces. There are a few already in the Play Store, but they often don't work right. Google has finally provided an update for developers on what they should do about custom watch faces. Basically – don't make them yet.

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All the custom watch faces we have right now are basically hacks that are using workarounds to show you the time.

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Motorola Posts Official Video Demo Of The Moto 360

Didn't make it to Google I/O? Well, Motorola wants you to get a closer look at the Moto 360 smart watch anyway. In a two minute video demo, we get to see a few watch faces, notifications, and more.

Of particular interest in this video is the way the display works. When not in use, the Moto 360 display appears to be on, but very dim. So you'd be able to look at your wrist and see the time without touching it.

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Motorola Accidentally Posts (Then Removes) Image Showing 7 Band Options For Moto 360

Lurking on Motorola's Moto 360 product page was an image you weren't meant to see. Hidden from view, was a promo graphic showing the selection of watch bands. It was later removed from the page completely. Only metal and a light brown leather band were announced last week, but this image shows seven leather straps.

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It looks like the image was not ready for public consumption – there's a snippet of Lorem Ipsum above the title.

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Google's LG-Built Smart Watch Specs Detailed By @evleaks

It's a foregone conclusion at this point that Google is getting into the wearables game with a smart watch sometime this year. The specifics for the device are still somewhat hazy, but now we have an idea what the specs might be thanks to noted leaker of things, @evleaks.

According to @evleaks, the device is being made by LG and will have a 1.65-inch LCD running a resolution of 280x280.

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[MWC 2014] PayPal Shows Off Its New App On The Samsung Gear 2

The new Samsung smartwatches might not have Android, but that doesn't mean they will be devoid of apps. PayPal has posted a video of its new smartwatch app in action on the Gear 2. This is a cartoonish rendering, but the real app will reportedly function just like we see in the video.

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[Rumor] Google's Smartwatch Might Be Made By LG And Headed For An I/O Release

Love it or hate it, the smartwatch is a category that seemingly every manufacturer still wants to conquer. No matter how many devices debut, and no matter how they perform, it seems there are those companies who still think that they have the right solution. According to TechCrunch, @evleaks, and others, Google is one such company, and plans to debut its own smartwatch before or during this year's Google I/O conference.

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The Qualcomm Toq Smart Watch Is Available For Purchase, Ships In 1-2 Weeks

Samsung isn't saying exactly how many Galaxy Gears have been sold, just that it shipped 800,000. The Qualcomm Toq is going to be a much more limited in scope. Qualcomm is only going to make about 100,000 and now is your chance to get one. Yes, as promised, the Toq is on sale direct from Qualcomm starting today.

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The Toq will be $50 more expensive than the Galaxy Gear at $349.99.

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Samsung Has Sold 800,000 Galaxy Gears, Making It The Most Popular Smart Watch Yet [Update: Shipments, Not Sales]

Update: Samsung has confirmed that it meant 800k shipments – not sales. The confusion might have resulted from Samsung's claim that the Gear is the best selling smart watch, which might still be true. We don't know how many have actually been sold, or if that rumored 50k sales number from last week is accurate.

Samsung's foray into the nascent smart watch market has not been as much of a failure as some recent reports would have you believe.

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[Deal Alert] Galaxy Gear On eBay Daily Deals For $279.99 ($20 Off) With Free Shipping

By all accounts, the Galaxy Gear isn't doing spectacularly well. Samsung is still busy adding support for its smart watch to devices other than the Note 3, and the device itself is not without its foibles. Still, your choices are limited when it comes to smart watches, so you might as well save 20 bucks.

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The Galaxy Gear has a 1.63-inch AMOLED screen with support for catching your Android notifications and telling you what's up (sometimes) without looking at the phone.

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Pebble Smart Watch Coming To AT&T On September 27th For $150

One of Kickstarter's greatest success stories is coming to AT&T in just a few days. AT&T has announced it will be the exclusive carrier partner for the Pebble smart watch, which should provide a nice budget-friendly alternative to the upcoming Galaxy Gear.

This won't be an exclusive version of the Pebble for AT&T. It's the same device you can get from Best Buy, but AT&T is offering you the opportunity to get one when you pick up a phone.

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