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Moto 360 Pics And Review Show It Next To The LG G Watch, Confirm Wireless Charging, IP67 Water Resistance, Heart Rate Sensor, And Good Battery Life

Luca Viscardi is one lucky, lucky, three times lucky guy. He seems to have gotten his hands on a Moto 360 for an extended amount of time and has been putting it through its paces. Thankfully, he has decided to share his thoughts along with many pictures with the world, so we can all feast our eyes on this much-awaited, droolworthy Android Wear watch. And from the looks of it, the Moto 360 won't disappoint.

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Pebble Debuts New Limited Edition Colors - Fly Blue, Fresh Green, And Hot Pink

Long before Android Wear first appeared and made the Pebble's black and white display look relatively antiquated, the latter's physical design already left plenty of room for improvement. The newer $250 Pebble Steel spiced things up quite a bit, but until now, the original $150 plastic model has remained untouched. Well today the company has announced three limited edition colors to breathe fresh, new life into its intelligent wristwatch.

These three new shades - Fly Blue, Fresh Green, and Hot Pink - stand in sharp contrast to the pre-existing black, gray, orange, red, and white options.

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LG G Watch Charging Cradle Now Available In The Play Store For $19.99

The first Android Wear devices have had a few issues related to charging. First the Gear Live charger started breaking, then the pins on the G Watch were corroding, and if you broke either charging mechanism, good luck getting a replacement. Now you can at least replace the G Watch dock by picking up a spare in the Play Store and direct from LG.

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WhatsApp Beta Update Adds Android Wear Support With Voice Replies

WhatsApp has become a social staple in many countries around the world. Where I live, it's either use WhatsApp or be a social reject... so everyone uses it. However, by relying on the app for all of your messaging and communication needs, you have to accept that its new Android-specific features will come at the developers' whim. Thankfully, they didn't take long to update the app for Android Wear.

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Version 2.11.318 of WhatsApp has been made available for download on the official website.

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28 Best New Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 7/22/14 - 8/1/14

You would think the pace of Wear apps would slow down after the initial rush to be the first to do one thing or another, but no. Big no. The flow of new Wear-enabled apps has yet to abate, so the roundup is back a little early to show you what's cool and new in the Android Wear universe.

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Swipify-Multitasker & Launcher

Android Police coverage: [New App] Swipify Gives Your Android Wear Device A Gesture-Based Recent Apps Menu And A Few Other Tricks

There's no app switcher button on Android Wear, but Swipify sort of adds one as an edge gesture.

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Source Code Released For Google I/O 2014 App, Demonstrates Best Practices And Design Goals For Android Developers

Google I/O 2014 has come and gone, but that doesn't mean great stuff from the conference isn't still coming out. The companion app used by thousands of attendees -and hundreds of thousands of fans and followers- has been open sourced! Code for the I/O app is meant to serve as an example of best practices for Android developers, providing fully functioning implementations of the latest design principles, UI controls, networking code, and more.

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[New App] Wear Apps Tracker Notifies You Of App Changes On Your Smart Watch

App installation on Android Wear is completely transparent when it works correctly, but that can be an issue when things aren't going smoothly. Wear Apps Tracker makes the watch act a bit more like your phone with regard to app changes. Basically, it adds notifications.

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PSA: The Moto 360 Will Be The First Android Wear Device With An Ambient Light Sensor

Android Wear has a lot of fine points, but there are a few things missing from the first round of devices. One of the more annoying shortcomings is the lack of a light sensor on the G Watch or the Gear Live. The Moto 360, however, will have a light sensor built in, according to Motorola's Cathay Bi.

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Google Uploads Android Wear Source Code To AOSP, Includes 4.4w_r1 Release And Kernel Sources For Dory And Sprat [Update: Just GPL Repositories]

If you've been dying to start poking around the Android Wear source code, now is the time! Google just posted 4.4W to AOSP. The active development branches are distributed throughout each project repository as kitkat-wear. This is the location where further patches and minor updates will appear. There is are also tags for android-4.4w_r1 (build KTU84Q), which represent the first official release of the platform.

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There aren't any repositories for either Dory (LG G Watch) or Sprat (Samsung Gear Live), but we can't be certain if they will appear in AOSP or if the distribution of device specific source code will be left up to the manufacturers.

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The 28 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces Since Wear Launched

Android Wear has only been out for a few weeks, but already developers are trying their hands at designing apps for Google's wearable platform. Since this is a new usage paradigm for Android, it's hard to know what sort of user experiences will catch on and which will fall flat. This is the first installment of what will hopefully become a regular part of our roundups – all the best apps and watch faces for Android Wear.

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