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Motorola Announces Android Wear 4.4W.2 Update For The Moto 360

nexus2cee_9169039le_thumb_thumbGoogle is rolling out an update to Android Wear that brings the first of two waves of promised features. So far it is arriving on LG watches, but Motorola just chimed in with specifics for the Moto 360. It’s mostly the same as what other wearables will get, but with a few key exceptions.

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Here’s the changelog posted by Motorola.

  • Smart Battery Saving – When your battery hits 15%, your Moto 360 will turn off ambient mode, so you don’t have to remember to. 
  • Timely Time Checks – Moto 360 will synchronize the time with your phone more often to make sure it is up to the minute.

Motorola Announces Android Wear 4.4W.2 Update For The Moto 360 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Android Beam Now Allows You To Share Any File With A Tap

nexusae0_beeeeeam_thumbAmong the many features Google talked about when the Android L preview rolled out was an improved version of Android Beam, and it’s here in the new Android 5.0 dev preview. NFC sharing has existed since Android 4.0 in some form or another, but now it’s finally something you can use without second-guessing yourself. Just pick a file and start beaming.

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In Android 5.0, Android Beam takes its place in the system-level sharing menu.

[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Android Beam Now Allows You To Share Any File With A Tap was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drives For Smartphones And Tablets Drop To Their Lowest Amazon Prices Yet ($44.95 – $67.95)

flashdriveEvery smartphone out there might not be able to use a microSD card, but it can take advantage of a full-sized flash drive. Hey, hear me out here. I’m well aware that Android phones don’t come with big USB ports, but SanDisk has produced a flash drive that your phone or tablet can access wirelessly. While they’re not a perfect solution to the problem of limited storage, they’re one of the best options out there.

[Deal Alert] SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drives For Smartphones And Tablets Drop To Their Lowest Amazon Prices Yet ($44.95 – $67.95) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nova Launcher Updated To v3.2 With Lollipop-Style Folder Animation, Scroll Effect Previews, And More

aNova Launcher continues to let you emulate the Google Now Launcher while enjoying a plethora of customizations options. The newest version brings Lollipop animations and icons, along with a few tweaks to the existing functionality.

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Here’s the full changelog for v3.2.

  • Lollipop Circle Folder Animation (Settings – Folder – Transition Animation)
  • Lollipop Scroll indicator (Settings – Desktop – Scroll Indicator)
  • Lollipop Icon Theme for Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Downloads, Email, Dialer, Settings and SMS (Settings – Look Feel – Icon Theme)
  • Preview of scroll effects in Settings
  • Optimizations and fixes

The use of Lollipop animations in Nova is particularly cool.

Nova Launcher Updated To v3.2 With Lollipop-Style Folder Animation, Scroll Effect Previews, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[Face Watch] Here Are All 24 Of The G Watch R’s Faces, In Active And Always-On Modes

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The G Watch R is the first truly circular smartwatch, and it’s also the first to ship with quite so many watchface options – 18 in all. Here’s every one, in both active (as in, the display is turned on and ready for interaction) and always-on (passive sleep) modes.

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Left: Castle white, right: Red

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Left: Hiking, right: Fitness

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Left: Photos, right: Increment (like simple, but shows notification counter)

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Left: Simple, right: Planetary

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Left: Rings, right: Coordinates

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Left: Dashboard, right: Reveal

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Left: Digitalog, right: World clock

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Left: Number, right: Moonphase

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Left: Sapphire, right: Camping

So, there you have it – that’s a lot of watch faces.

[Face Watch] Here Are All 24 Of The G Watch R’s Faces, In Active And Always-On Modes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Xbox One SmartGlass Beta Update Focuses On Game Clips, Achievements, Activity Feed Comments, And More

XboxWhen it comes to pushing pixels and providing deeply immersive experiences, consoles have a leg up over Android devices. But this doesn’t mean that phones or tablets don’t have a role to play in couch-based gaming. Xbox One SmartGlass users can turn to the Android app as a way to manage their Xbox account and interact with others without having to back out of their game.

An update has rolled out to the SmartGlass app, which is still in beta, that gives users a place to highlight their best game clips, show off their achievements, or share their location.

Xbox One SmartGlass Beta Update Focuses On Game Clips, Achievements, Activity Feed Comments, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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