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[Update x2: G Watch, Moto 360 Too] Samsung Gear Live Updated To Android Wear 4.4W.1 Build KGW42N: Here's What's New

Update #1 9/6/14: It looks like at least some of those who've run out to buy the Moto 360 at retail are already seeing the KGW42N update. Charge your watch, set it up, and you should get the alert.

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Thanks to reader Justin for the tip and the photo!

Update #2 9/9/14: The G Watch is now receiving 4.4W.1 as well, though the build number varies slightly (KGW42Q):

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Thanks, Devin Arthur.

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14 Bugs Closed In Android L Preview, Including The AT&T/T-Mobile MMS Error, To Be Patched In 'The Next Public Release'

It's been over two months since Google gave Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 owners a chance to tinker with the upcoming L release of Android, in what has been the biggest beta test in Android's short history. With all of us waiting on a release sometime in the fourth quarter of 2014, it's gratifying to know that the powers that be are hard at work getting Android L ready for primetime.

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WearResponses Xposed Module Lets Rooted Users Create Custom Android Wear Responses For SMS

It never ceases to amaze me how much rooted users can get done with the Xposed Framework customization engine. The latest add-on module lets you expand the somewhat basic canned responses available on Android Wear-enabled text messaging apps. With WearResponses, you can add in just about any custom message to the list that appears on your watch, which should be handy for specific work replies that are too unique for voice detection.

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Moto 360 Shipments Have Gone Out For Eligible Google I/O Attendees

 

Did you make it to Google I/O 2014? If so, you've probably been waiting on the edge of your seat for Google to send a Moto 360 to each of this year's attendees. Well, the wait is over! Almost. Shipping notifications have gone out to each of the lucky recipients indicating that the packages are on the way.

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The packages are coming out of Fremont, California with 2-day shipping via FedEx. For most of us, that's going to mean they'll arrive at our homes -or wherever you asked for them to be sent- on Wednesday the 10th.

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Several UI Refinements And Another 'LMP' Mention Spotted In Recent Nexus 5 Android L Build LRW66E

Releasing the L preview was an important leap forward for Android as an ecosystem, but, outside of a single almost meaningless update, we're probably not going to see any new builds up until the final L release. I can sort of see why the Android team doesn't want to put out builds with incremental fixes, saving all the improvements for a grand finale unveiling, so in the meantime, any glimpse at their progress is very interesting to us as well as developers working on porting their apps to adhere to the new Material Design guidelines.

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14 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 8/23/14 – 9/8/14

The time has finally arrived for the Moto 360 to begin appearing on wrists around the world continental US. With so many people finally taking the Android Wear plunge, the interest in wearable apps is probably going to take off. Whether you've got corners on your watch or not, we've got the best new apps aggregated right here.

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Verizon Has The Moto 360 With Metal Band Up For Pre-Order, Estimated Delivery Date November 11th

We knew Motorola was planning to sell the Moto 360 with a metal band later this fall, but Verizon already has a pre-order page up. That's the good news. The not so good news is that it won't ship until November 11th, according to the site. Ouch.

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We're Going To Have To Wait A Bit Longer For The New Android L Lawn Statue

Earlier this week, the following crane lift project notice was posted around the famous Android statue lawn next to building 44 on Google's Mountain View campus:

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Of course, this sighting sparked a variety of rumors - after all, it would only be natural to assume that any work requiring a crane lift involved a new statue being installed, which would mean we'd finally find out the name of the L release.

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Moto 360 Orders Are Already Shipping From Motorola [Update: Best Buy Too]

If you were lucky enough to get an order placed for the Moto 360 on Motorola's website before they went out of stock, keep an eye on your email. Motorola has already gotten some orders out the door at its Texas facility, with an expected arrival date of Tuesday, September 9th.

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Google Details Android Wear Update Plans, Confirms All Watches Will Get Updates

Google has talked briefly about Android Wear updates and planned features, but now there's a blog post laying out the smart watch landscape. According to the official Android blog, there are a pair of updates on the way, and all Android Wear watches will be getting them.

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First, an update will be pushed that enables GPS (with supported hardware) and offline music playback. The Bluetooth headphone pairing is also part of this update.

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