Google has just revealed that they will be updating all seven Android Wear devices to give them Wi-Fi capability and emojis.
This move comes in the wake of the Apple unveiling its Apple Watch a couple of weeks ago. This has prompted Google to announce that all of the smartwatches that run Android Wear, such as the LG G watch and the Samsung Gear 2, will receive a major update with two key features from the Apple Watch.
Firstly, you will now be able to hand-draw emojis onto your watch, which will then convert themselves into proper emojis (no offence to your drawing skills intended) that you can send, trumping the Apple Watch for speed and entertainment. To see how to practise your emoji drawing talents, check out our quick tutorial here.
The other headline news from the update is the creation of Wi-Fi support. You can now get all your notifications and alerts through your phone even if it’s not within range, provided both are hooked up to a Wi-Fi signal. What makes this even better is that the watch and phone don’t even need to be connected to the same network, meaning you can be at a mate’s house and your phone can be at yours and you’ll still get your alerts.
If you can’tl wait for the Android Wear update, you can try emoji drawing now on your phone using Google Handwriting Input
Android has rolled out a major update to its smartwatch OS to make it more competitive with the Apple Watch.
This includes Wi-Fi support so you can now use your Android Watch more independently of your phone, tweaks to the interface to make it easier to access your apps and contacts, and a unique feature called emoji drawing.
Sony has officially unveiled the Xperia Z4 sporting a few tweaks from the Z3.
The only real headline difference is the processor upgrade, changing from a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor to an eight-core, 64-bit, 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. It will be interesting to see what affect this has on performance, as it is less powerful but has more cores.
The other improvement is the shaving off of 0.4mm, making it just 6.9mm thick. Otherwise it’s pretty much the same, with a 5.2-inch screen, 20.7MP rear facing camera, 3GB of RAM and resistance to both water and dust.
The minor alterations to the Z4, along with minimal design changes, seem to back up the theory that Sony should release just one flagship device a year to make it different enough from the previous version.
Boasting a 13MP camera, metal body, and super-fast octa-core CPU, the P8 confirms the Chinese manufactuer is a premuim player to rival the Galaxy S6
The product in question is the eighth iteration of Huawei’s P series and boasts a 5.2-in screen with a resolution of 1920×1080, which is not far off higher priced flagship models.
It’s remarkably thin at just 6.4mm but still houses a fairly decent 2,680mAh battery and a Kirin 930 octa-core 64-bit processor,which Huawei says improves performance by around 20 per cent compared to phones with similar battery life.
It sports a triple-layer shark-gill design to make it more resistant to damage as well as a steel back cover.
Unofficial guide is packed with user advise you can set your watch by
Find out how to set up and use your Moto 360 or LG Watch R, with The Android Wear Book. Available in all good shops now, this independent guide is packed with over eighty tutorials, from setting up your smartwatch to customising its look.
The ultimate Android accessory, your smartwatch is designed to enhance your lifestyle, making it easier to respond to notifications and track your fitness without using your phone. However, with functions split across your watch and phone, it can be difficult to dig deeper into Android Wear’s features.The Android Wear Book is available to buy now
The Android Wear Book makes it easier with step-by-step instructions on everything from sending and receiving text messages on your watch to tracking your health with Google Fit. As well as getting to grips with Android Wear’s new quick settings, it also includes apps that can enhance your smartwatch, such as finding your parked car and using it as a universal remote for music and TV.
The European Commission says bundling certain Google apps into Android could be illegal
The European Commission yesterday stated that they had begun an investigation into Google to find out if they have breached competition laws in their relationship with the Android operating platform.
This investigation has three main points, all related to whether Google is unfairly using its position to establish itself ahead of its rivals.
In an official memo, the Commission says it is looking into whether the pre-installation of Google apps, such as Maps and Chrome, on Android smartphones has ‘illegally hindered the development and market access of rival mobile applications or services.’