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[New App] Music Boss For Wear Aims To Be A One-Stop-Shop For All Your Media Controlling Needs On Android Wear

Music Boss was one of the apps Pebble users have found rather indispensible, and now there's a version for Android Wear. This is essentially an alternative way to control all your media apps (not just music) with swipe gestures and a prettier info screen. It's still not an ideal solution, but maybe you'll overlook its foibles.

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[New App] PixtoCam Allows You To Use Android Wear As A Remote Viewfinder / Shutter For Pictures Of Lego (And Also Other Things)

So, a tiny little screen thing that's kind of like a phone but not a phone and is also strapped to your arm screams for a few very specific uses, and one of them is a remote control for your phone's camera. We've already seen at least one Android Wear camera remote, but that one was more of a proof of concept than a full-fledged tool. PixtoCam takes the basic idea that's been around for longer than mobile phones and adds some notable improvements.

First of all, the remote viewfinder works in both photo mode and video mode, making it infinitely more flexible.

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HTC: Unlocked One M8 Phones Will Receive The 4.4.3 OTA Next Week, Next Release Will Be Android L

If you've got an unlocked/international version of HTC's One M8, you might be wondering when your next Android update is coming. According to HTC Vice President of Management Mo Versi, the answer is "late next week." The company is planning an update to Android 4.4.3.

So why not bump it up to the latest release, 4.4.4? Take it away, Mo.

That's a little confusing, since a few security updates are essentially all that there are in 4.4.4.

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Alleged HTC Android Wear Smart Watch Leaked By @evleaks

There are currently only two Android Wear watches available for purchase, but HTC has been reportedly planning to throw its hat into the ring too. There's a new render of what may be HTC's Android Wear watch from @evleaks, and it's another square.

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Wear Mini Launcher Adds A Quick Settings Drawer With Toggles For Your Phone

One of the first applications I installed on my LG G Watch is Wear Mini Launcher. I know it is not the Google-approved way of launching apps on Android Wear, but I don't see myself talking to my watch in public or scrolling through a long list of commands to get to the Start menu. This third-party app offers a quick way to launch Wear apps and is being updated regularly to add more features.

The latest update brings a dedicated Quick Settings drawer. To get to it, you swipe a second time from the top left after opening the regular drawer.

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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. According to Google developer advocate Wayne Piekarski, Google is working on a new API for custom faces that should be ready soon, but in the meantime developers are advised to hold off.

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[For Developers] Google I/O 2014 Wrap-Up: The Must-See Sessions For Every Developer

Google I/O was pretty amazing this year, right? We got the deets on Material design, a preview version of Android L, the formal release of Android Wear, the first manifestations of Android TV and Android Auto, and plenty of other bits and pieces. However, all of that content and all of those developer sessions can take forever to absorb, and professional developers just don't have time for that. Now that all of the videos have been posted, I've combed through every last one to narrow the list down to just the sessions that absolutely can't be missed.

Like my post from last year, the goal is to point out videos that are important for as many developers as possible.

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KitKat MR2.2 (AKA 4.4.4_r2) OTA Update Rolling Out To Nexus 5 In Australia, India, And New Zealand, Probably Just Radio Fixes

Update: This update is limited to Australia, New Zealand, and India, and addresses carrier support / fixes in those regions.

If you're seeing an update notification on your Nexus 5, you're not alone - Google is pushing a maintenance release of Android 4.4.4 to the smartphone, though this one appears to limited to a few corners of the world. New Zealand, Australia, and India should be seeing the OTA, which contains a new radio image, likely addressing issues with networks in those regions. The new version's build number is KTU84Q, and the official name is Android 4.4.4_r2 (or kitkat-mr2.2-release). You can get the new factory image here (binaries here), which specifically notes "4.4.4 Release 2 (For 2Degrees/NZ, Telsta/AUS and India ONLY) (KTU84Q)."

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For now, we're seeing a new radio package and build number, but not much else in this update.

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[New App] Wear-a-tron Lets You Unlock A Lockitron Door With Your Android Wear Watch

Lockitron is a crowd-funded "smart" door lock that aims to let you control your home or office door lock with your smartphone. And now that Android Wear is available, some developers won't rest until every facet of their phone is tied into their watch. Thus, Wear-a-tron, which allows users to activate the unlocking function of the official Lockitron app via a Wear extension. It's available for free on the Play Store.

The Lockitron app itself is pretty simple: just log into the company's server, select which lock you want to access, and you can control it via WiFi, NFC, or Bluetooth LE on compatible phones.

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There Is Now A Matrix "Falling Code" Watch Face For Android Wear (It Was Inevitable And You Know It)

The world was a whole lot simpler back in 1999 – the economy was doing fine, MTV played music, and the Matrix was much less ridiculous without all that weird pseudo-philosophy from the sequels. There's a new watch face that can take you back to those relaxing days each time you look at your Android Wear watch. Yes, a Matrix watch face.

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