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Tip: If you still don't have the new Android Auto, check your app settings

Google started rolling out the new Android Auto earlier this month, and it's an overall improvement. You should have the updated interface already, but we've heard from a number of Android Auto users who haven't seen the update appear automatically. Luckily, there's a quick fix.

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Fossil's fifth-gen smartwatches showcase Wear OS at its best

Google's Wear OS platform is in a bit of a weird place. The operating system itself is still being periodically updated with new features and improvements, like the Tiles function that was released in May, but the third-party app library is still minimal, and Qualcomm has been slow to improve the underlying hardware. Still, Wear OS isn't going anywhere, and the closest thing to a flagship watch is the new fifth-generation Fossil Q lineup.

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Android Q to get customizable styles and clocks, but they're not live yet

Android Q is nearing a stable release, but there are still tidbits of new information surfacing. Back in July, when Google accidentally pushed an internal test build to the public, XDA Developers found hints that the latest OS version could support advanced customization options for Pixels. They should allow owners to choose clocks, styles, wallpapers, and more. In Beta 6, some users saw evidence that this could indeed end up in the final release when they got the Settings suggestion to "Customize your Pixel." Tapping it leads to the pre-installed wallpaper app for now, though.

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Misfit announces Vapor X smartwatch with newer Wear 3100 processor, available today for $200

Misfit has several Wear OS watches under its belt already, and today, it's adding another to the lineup. The Vapor X packs a lot of nice-to-haves, like a rotating crown, two programmable buttons, a heart rate sensor, and most importantly, Qualcomm's Wear 3100 chipset.

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Sony's 9-inch, single-DIN Android Auto receiver launches in December for $600

Android Auto is an increasingly standard option on new vehicles, but if you want to implant it into your existing car, you'll need some hardware. Sony's new XAV-AX8000 is an interesting option, featuring a big honkin' nine-inch display. One caveat: it'll set you back 600 bucks.

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Smart Lock's 'Trusted Face' mode is broken on Android Q Beta 6, but there's a fix

All the way back in Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google added a 'Trusted Face' mode to Smart Unlock, giving all devices a slightly-secure way of unlocking with the front camera (the easily-fooled face unlock in Android 4.0 doesn't count). However, many people on the latest Android Q beta are having issues with it. If you're in that group, don't worry, there's a fix you can try.

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Android Q's Easter egg arrives in Beta 6, complete with hidden Picross puzzle

In years past, some of the Easter eggs hidden in major Android releases included a kitty collection game, a Flappy Bird clone with lollipops, and a Flappy Bird clone with marshmallows. Android Pie's Easter egg simply showed the letter 'P' with moving circles, but Android Q's is slightly more fun.

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Here's why Google thinks Android Q's gestures are a good idea

Much controversy has surrounded the new gesture navigation in Android Q. While some people love it, others prefer the old three-button layout (or depend on it due to impairments), and some even prefer Pie's two-button navigation. Google put a lot of thought into creating the new system, working together with OEMs, and is confident that its solution is the best. The company goes to great lengths to prove this with some statistics published in a blog post on Thursday.

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The back gesture sensitivity option in Android Q Beta 6 does nothing to solve Google's gesture woes

Google decided to introduce a new version of gesture navigation in Android Q, which is an excellent idea. The 2-button gesture nav design from Pie was, let's face it, terrible. The new full gesture navigation system in Q has some good ideas, but the back gesture is a mess. Google's latest attempt to fix that in Beta 6 isn't going to be enough.

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