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Google Assistant stops working properly for Android Wear users after faulty Google app update

People are accusing of Google of treating its customers like beta testers more than ever these days, and for good reason - it seems like there's a new problem with a Google product every day. Our latest issue concerns Android Wear, in which Google Assistant is refusing to do virtually anything aside from simple Google searches.

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Google says recurring reminders on Android Wear actually aren't fixed

Android Wear 2.0 has been quite the wild ride. Not only has the update taken months to arrive on most devices (a few are still waiting), but it brings major platform changes that not everyone is happy with. There have been a few major bugs as well, such as recurring reminders being completed without any user interaction.

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Android TV app for YouTube Kids now available

YouTube Kids launched in 2015, as a portal for child-appropriate content with parental controls. It has been over two years since then, but for most of that time, only apps for Android and iOS were available. An app for select smart TVs was released in April, and now Android TV owners can use the service as well.

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Developer Preview 5 of Android Things OS is out, now based on Android O

Android Things is a minimal version of Android, intended to power Internet of Things devices (like smart appliances). The first Developer Preview was released at the end of 2016, and new versions have come out steadily since then, most recently with Preview 4.1. Google has now released Developer Preview 5, with plenty of major changes and new features.

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[Update: Brand account support coming soon] YouTube for Android TV 2.0 sparks outcry for being a web wrapper and other issues

The YouTube for Android TV app was updated to version 2.0 last month, with an all-new interface and changes to the video player. While there are a few great aspects of this update, like the new auto-play screen, many users aren't happy with it.

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Google Maps v9.59 beta adds Q&A section, Picture-in-Picture support, monthly driving stats, and more notification channels [APK Download]

A new update to Google Maps is rolling out to the beta channel members right now, and like so many previous releases, there are a few new features to check out. First, the Q&A feature from the last teardown of Maps is live. Drivers will soon be able to see a monthly report of their behavior right inside the app. If you're running an Android O developer preview, the first thing you can look forward to is the addition of Picture-in-Picture support. Also for Android O are a pair of new notification channels to get better control over navigation-specific information.

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Android platform distribution for August 2017: Nougat hits 13.5% with Android O right around the corner

Google has updated the developer dashboards for August, and that means a new glimpse at which versions of Android are floating around out there. Like last month, Android 7.0 and 7.1 saw a small gain, and most other versions saw a small drop. That leaves Nougat on just 13.5% of devices today, and it's entirely possible Android O will arrive before another platform update does.

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[Update: Still not fixed] Recurring reminders on Android Wear to be fixed with future Google app update

Android Wear 2.0 has had some growing pains. Many users (including some of us at AP) would rather use version 1.5, due to major changes to how notifications are displayed and other annoyances. And as with any major software update, there have been a few bugs here and there.

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Appfour releases a new keyboard for Android Wear 2.0

Appfour is perhaps the leading app developer for Android Wear. The team has published a variety of apps for the platform, including a web browsera YouTube client, and a standalone email app. The team's newest project is a third-party keyboard for Android Wear 2.0.

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Fossil's third-gen Android Wear devices are up for pre-order today, but one is already available at a discount [Update]

Fossil has been one of the most stalwart promulgators of Android Wear, having released new watches on a regular basis since the early days. However, those watches have all had the infamous flat tire LCD, but now that's finally a thing of the past. Fossil has unveiled new wearables with a round display, and you can pre-order them today. Actually, you can buy one of them online already. Apparently, someone didn't get the memo about the launch date.

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