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28 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 3/10/15—4/21/15

You can't do as much with a smartwatch as you can with a phone, but these little wrist computers are surprisingly capable. You just need the right apps. Well, and watch faces too. Google highlights a few Wear apps from time to time, but we're always watching in order to spot the best things for your watch, and here they are.

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AT&T's Galaxy S4 Active Gets The Android 5.0 Lollipop Update

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Sony Says Upcoming Android Wear 5.1 Update Will Also Include Adjustable Font Size And 'Pop-Up Notifications'

Google announced a new update for Android Wear earlier today, but it conveniently failed to tell us the version number. While I'm sure we all assumed it would be 5.1, Sony has confirmed that and added a few more things Google apparently forgot to tell us.

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Google Announces Android Wear Update With WiFi Support, Always-On Apps, And More

It has been a while since Android Wear got any substantial updates, but today Google is announcing a big one. A new version of Wear will be rolling out over the coming weeks that includes a number of previously rumored features (like WiFi support) and some all new stuff (like always-on apps).

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CyanogenMod 12.1 Nightlies Are Now Rolling Out

The CM team was originally shooting for last week to get the first CyanogenMod 12.1 nightlies out the door, but they're just rolling out now. This process will take a little time as the new version hits the myriad of devices supported by CM these days. When it does show up, just remember that we're talking about nightly builds, so don't expect a bug-free experience.

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Sprint Spark Galaxy S4 Receives OTA Update Bringing Android Lollipop

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Google Play Services 7.3 Adds A New UI For Trusted Places And Finally Makes The Persistent Android Wear Notification Dismissible [APK Download]

Google Play services made a rather lofty jump from 7.0 to 7.3 a few days ago. While there don't appear to be any big API changes for developers, a couple of pretty obnoxious issues were cleared up for regular users. It looks like the Home address in Trusted Places is not only working again, but there may be an improved UI that makes it even easier to set up safe zones (if you didn't already have it).

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Android 5.1.1 Builds LMY47S And LMY47W Spotted Via Google's Own Site Running On The Nexus 9 And WiFi Nexus 7 2013

Remember 5.1? Psh, old news. The new hotness is Android 5.1.1, which Google has yet to officially acknowledge. However, it's almost a certainty now that two builds of the software have popped up on Google's Android audio latency info page.

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Field Trip App Updated With Android Wear Support

Field Trip is that other project from Google's Niantic Labs. Sure, Ingress gets all the attention, but Field Trip is pretty cool too. This app presents cards with information on nearby places of interest as you go about your day, and now it's even more convenient for Android Wear users—place cards will simply show up on your wrist. Neat.

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Google's Android For Work App Hits The Play Store

 

In February, Google proclaimed "Android is ready for work," marking an official opening to the Android for Work effort first introduced at Google I/O 2014. Today, Google's official Android for Work app has hit the Play Store, ready to help users running Android 4.0-4.4W (since setup is built into Lollipop) and working with Android for Work partner solutions set up their device for work use.

For those out of the loop, Android for Work is Google's take on dual-persona device management, allowing users to have two copies of the same app - one for personal use and one for business.

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