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The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition will get Android Wear 2.0 in May

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition was first in several areas. It was the first Android Wear device with LTE connectivity, the first with multiple function buttons, and the first with a speaker for voice calls. Unfortunately, it will be far from the first watch to get Android Wear 2.0.

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Android Wear 2.0 coming to the New Balance RunIQ "no later than April 14"

New Balance's first Android Wear watch, the RunIQ, was originally announced at the start of 2017 and released about a month later. It was already confirmed to receive Android Wear 2.0, but owners were left wondering when it was actually going to happen. New Balance has confirmed the watch will get the update "no later than April 14, 2017."

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[Annoying] Play Music on Wear 2.0 does not support sideloading music from your phone

In Wear 2.0, Google is trying to make the watch more of a standalone device with its own version of the Play Store and apps that operate independent of your phone. However, that also means Play Music loses some features. It turns out you can't sync music from your phone to the watch in Wear 2.0, and downloads direct to the watch are very limited.

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[Update: Nope] The original Huawei Watch might get Android Pay

The original Huawei Watch, especially after the disappointment of the second model, is one of more popular Android Wear watches. While it was already expected to get Android Wear 2.0, now it seems a later update might enable the watch's NFC chip, for use with Android Pay.

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Android platform distribution for April 2017 shows another solid gain for Nougat

No one is going to claim Android updates are perfect, but Google isn't hiding anything. As it does most months, it has just updated the developer dashboard with new platform distribution numbers. Nougat is still just picking up steam, but it had another solid month of growth. The combined share of 7.0 and 7.1 is at nearly 5%. I know that doesn't sound impressive, but it's not bad historically.

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Google releases Android Things Developer Preview 3

Fast on the heels of Developer Preview 2, Google has just pushed out their latest Developer Preview for Android Things, the IoT embedded platform based on Android.

Android Things was released at I/O in 2015 originally under the codename Brillo, and was meant to give existing Android developers a platform for embedded devices through the same tools and Android SDK they already know. At its most basic level Android Things is the same Android we all know and love applied to embedded devices like smart lights, doorbells, thermostats—that sort of thing—with some of the same APIs and tools that Android developers have used for years.

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Android Wear 2.0 now rolling out to the LG G Watch R and Watch Urbane 1st Gen

After the public release of the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport, the first watches running Android Wear 2.0, many wondered when the update would reach other watches. Over the past two weeks or so, the update has finally started to roll out, and the LG G Watch R and LG Watch Urbane (1st Gen) are up next.

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Android O feature spotlight: Developers can specify timeouts for notifications

Some notifications are plain annoying. Fitbit keeps bugging me with how many steps I have to walk to overcome someone in a Workweek Hustle or who has just surpassed me in a Daily Showdown. Ebay wants to tell me that a watchlist item is nearing its end date. And the order of pharmacists in Lebanon app sends dozens of repetitive notifications to remind me of a certain conference happening on the night.

Some notifications are important to read regardless of how late you are to spot them, others like the ones I mentioned above are pointless after a certain time. For those notifications - and the developers who are kind and empathic enough to care about their users - Android O has one awesome feature: timeout.

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Android Nougat OTA rolling out to the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ on Sprint

Samsung promised that the S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note 5 would be getting Nougat in the first half of 2017 and it's starting to fulfill its end of the deal now. Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ devices on Sprint are one of the first to benefit from an OTA update that takes their devices up to Android 7.0.

If you own one of these two late 2015 flagships on Sprint, check manually for an update as it might be waiting for you without having surfaced the notification. And regardless of which one of the two you have, you should expect the OTA to weigh around 1.3-1.4GB so you better be on a fast and unlimited connection to download it.

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'Muskie,' the larger of the next-generation Pixel phones, appears in AOSP

I know, I know - we won't do this every time they show up. But! We caught our first sighting of the larger next-generation Pixel phone in the AOSP gerrit, codename 'muskie.' You can see one such example we fished out below.

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