You probably know that you can use the "OK Google" command in Google Now (and just recently, anywhere else in Android) to do some cool things like set an alarm or check a flight number. But up to now, it hasn't been able to do much with the actual hardware on your phone. There's no easy way to expand Google Now functionality with third-party apps, but at least one developer found a work-around: meet Commandr, the new in-between service for flipping hardware switches in Google Now.
Classic Nintendo fans will recall Yoshi's Island, one of the the best platform games of its kind. They'll also recall the brain-piercing wail that Baby Mario made each and every time he fell off of Yoshi's back, which continued unabated until the player rescued him. That's basically the idea behind Wear Aware, which will create the same kind of connection between your shiny new Android Wear watch and your phone.
The app is incredibly simple, just download it from the Play Store and it will install the necessary component on your Wear device.
A particularly aggravating issue happens to be plaguing a number of Gmail users on Android as of late. Affected people report a complete loss of the ability to sync their accounts, both manually and automatically. The cause is still unknown, but users report experiencing it following the 4.8 update. Yet clearing updates and returning back to a previous version doesn't fix the problem, suggesting some other source is to blame.
It's been 200-some-odd years since the colonies rage quit the British empire, and what better way to celebrate than with some cheap apps and games? There's nothing particularly patriotic about these selections, but it's capitalism at its finest. And isn't that the most American thing of all?
A young Android device doesn't become a man until Tasker has come along to usher it into adulthood and some developer has used it achieve greatness. In the case of watches with Android Wear, this doesn't even require much work, for all the ingredients are already in place. This YouTube video shows a wearer using his Samsung Gear Live to control his home using Tasker and a selection of AutoApps.
In the video, we see developer Doug Gregory operate his living room lamp by issuing voice commands to his Gear Live.
It's raining wearable apps. After Google, Delta, Duolingo, and IFTTT updated their apps with Android Wear functions, it looks like the floodgates have opened. The Google Play Store now has a page dedicated to apps that include support for Wear, including Google's own apps and the ones we've already covered. The page is propagating through the Play Store right now, so you might not be able to see it quite yet.
Arranging transportation can be time consuming, so the Lyft folks crammed the ability to locate and schedule a ride into a simple app. Still, while using a smartphone is easy, even that can take up too much time (work with me here). Now the company has added Android Wear support that lets you request a ride by speaking into your wrist. Stop everything, guys. I think this is as easy as things are going to get.
There are a flurry of Android apps being updated to support the new Wear watches, but perhaps none of them has as much potential for genuine utility as If This, Then That (IFTTT). The popular service-linking system just launched its Android component back in April, but they're wasting no time in jumping on the Android Wear platform. The app has been updated to include Wear support, and the service itself is adding recipes for actions started from Wear.
While Duolingo had previously announced its famous language-learning service was headed to Android Wear, today the company updated its standard Android app with the necessary bits to make that happen. Delta was also busy with Wear integration today, and as you might guess, the Delta app will now let you display your QR code boarding pass on a Wear device. Here are some images of Duolingo on Wear, and as for Delta, well, you can probably use your imagination.
The Android Wear companion app is officially available for download on the Play Store, not that you can do anything with it without an Android Wear device. But hey, it's worth knowing where to find it when the time comes, right?
So there it is. Download it. Pretend you have a Wear device. Or something. I'm not really sure.