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[Update: APK For Android N] Android Wear v1.5 Adds Proper Support For Marshmallow's Doze Mode [APK Download]

When Android 6.0 landed, it brought a big new battery-saving feature called Doze mode. While it was great at reining in known troublemakers like social network apps and misbehaving games, Doze had a bad habit of knocking out apps with genuinely important roles to play. One such app was Android Wear. Today, a new update to the Wear companion app adds awareness of Doze Mode and prompts users to add it to the protected list.

What's New

Doze Mode Support

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When the Android Wear app starts up for the first time after updating to v1.5, it will have a bright blue notice on the screen to let you know that your watch may not remain connected unless the Wear app is allowed to run in the background.

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Talon Twitter Client Adds Bundled Notification Support For Android N And Wear

Android N is going after the notification shade in a big way, and one of the primary examples is notification bundling. This feature expands an alert to show each individual new message recently received. The Hangouts 8.0 update shows this functionality in action.

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Twitter Adds GIF Search, Plus Videos In Direct Messages

Twitter has made some less than popular decisions in the past, but who can really argue with GIFs? GIFs are great, and now you can add them to your posts more easily. Or rather, you will be able to soon. In different moving picture news, videos are coming to direct messages.

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Twitter Announces 'Best Tweets First' Mode, Rolling Out In The Coming Weeks

You may have heard about the fury last week over a rumored change to the way Twitter organizes Tweets. The rumor claimed the stream was going to become algorithmic like Facebook, but it appears now that was overblown. Twitter just announced a new feature that allows users to see the "best Tweets" at the top of the timeline, but it's optional and doesn't alter the overall layout.

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Talon Updated To v4.0.0 With Improved Tablet Layout, Quicker Quick Actions, Optional 'Supporter' Purchase, And More

Talon swooped in a few years ago to fill the void left by the departure of Falcon Pro, and it was one of the first apps to get ready for the big Android 5.0 redesign. Now, Talon is getting an update to v4.0.0 with a number of notable changes. Plus, there's the option to give the developer more money because you just kind of want to, or whatever.

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Sportscaster Bill Simmons May Have Just Leaked Play Music Podcast Launch For Later This Month [Update: Tweet Deleted]

Google announced podcasts were coming to Play Music back in October, but you've probably noticed they still aren't here. That brings us to popular Sportscaster Bill Simmons, who just tweeted that his "BS Podcast" will be on Play Music Podcasts... when it launches later this month.

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Android Wear Now Has An Official Twitter Account

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Twitter Reportedly Planning To Increase Character Limit From 140 To 10,000

Twitter always set itself apart from the competition by keeping things succinct. The 140 character limit forced everyone to get to the point rather than drone on a la Facebook. However, the company is now said to be close to essentially doing away with that limit. Multiple reports claim Twitter is planning to make the new character limit a whopping 10,000, just like Direct Messages.

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Twitter Switches Favorites (With A Star) To Likes (With A Heart) For Some Reason

Before today, if you liked a message on Twitter and wanted others to see it, you could retweet it. And if you liked a tweet and wanted to keep it all to yourself, you could "favorite" it by tapping the little star icon, which would fill in and save it as a quasi-bookmark in your account. Today Twitter announced a change to its social platform that will rock the very foundations of the Internet: the star is now a heart. Oh, and it's called a "like" now.

The move is a small one, but it's almost certainly designed to make Twitter more accessible to newcomers who might be somewhat confused by the star imagery.

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Twitter Introduces Option To Embed Basic Two-Choice Polls In Your Tweets

Twitter opinions are a dime a dozen. Actually, no, they're much cheaper than that. People give them out for free. Let something happen, online or off, and someone will take to Twitter to offer their two cents.

But that doesn't stop people from tweeting out questions. Understandably, sometimes you want to get a gauge of how your followers feel in particular. Thing is, most people will overlook that tweet, and you're mostly likely to get feedback from the folks who care the most, negatively or positively.

Now Twitter is rolling out the ability to tweet polls, increasing your likelihood of getting engagement from the more passive among us.

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