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Android Wear 2.0 is an evolutionary update to Google’s smartphone OS

LG Watch Sport Google is officially launching Android Wear 2.0 today — the biggest update to the company’s wearable operating system since its launch in 2014. If you’re not a Wear aficionado who has been patiently waiting for this release, you probably remember Wear 2.0 from its Google I/O announcement last May. Even though in day-to-day use, the updated version feels very much like the… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

February 8th

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Android Wear 2.0 is an evolutionary update to Google’s smartphone OS

LG Watch Sport Google is officially launching Android Wear 2.0 today — the biggest update to the company’s wearable operating system since its launch in 2014. If you’re not a Wear aficionado who has been patiently waiting for this release, you probably remember Wear 2.0 from its Google I/O announcement last May. Even though in day-to-day use, the updated version feels very much like the… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

February 8th

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LG’s $249 Watch Style lives up to its name, but falls short on features and battery life

dsc07133 Android Wear watches are an interesting breed. Because Google mostly locks the operating system down, there are only so many ways the hardware manufacturers can differentiate themselves from the pack. With the launch of Android Wear 2.0 today, Google is giving its partners the option to add usable hardware buttons and dials to their watches. Its launch partner for Wear 2.0 is LG, which… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

February 8th

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LG’s $249 Watch Style lives up to its name, but falls short on features and battery life

dsc07133 Android Wear watches are an interesting breed. Because Google mostly locks the operating system down, there are only so many ways the hardware manufacturers can differentiate themselves from the pack. With the launch of Android Wear 2.0 today, Google is giving its partners the option to add usable hardware buttons and dials to their watches. Its launch partner for Wear 2.0 is LG, which… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

February 8th

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Google launches the fifth and final dev preview of Android Wear 2.0 ahead of February launch

google-android-blog-post-iphone_1200x675px_v3 After a bit of a delay, the launch of Android Wear 2.0 is finally drawing near. Today, Google launched the fifth and final developer preview of Wear 2.0 ahead of its consumer launch in early February. There aren’t any major surprises here, but with this release, Android Wear 2.0 is finally getting full iOS support, too, which was missing from the previews — but not Wear 1.x… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

January 24th

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Google launches the fifth and final dev preview of Android Wear 2.0 ahead of February launch

google-android-blog-post-iphone_1200x675px_v3 After a bit of a delay, the launch of Android Wear 2.0 is finally drawing near. Today, Google launched the fifth and final developer preview of Wear 2.0 ahead of its consumer launch in early February. There aren’t any major surprises here, but with this release, Android Wear 2.0 is finally getting full iOS support, too, which was missing from the previews — but not Wear 1.x… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

January 24th

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Google launches fourth developer preview of Android Wear 2.0

huawei-android-wear Google first announced Android Wear 2.0 at its I/O developer conference in May, with a promise to roll it out to all users later this year. It has now delayed those release plans in favor of more developer previews and today, it launched the fourth of these. Just like before, there is no way to get an over-the-air update to Android Wear 2.0 for your watch, so this release is still squarely… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

December 13th

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Google Home brings Google’s smarts to your living room

google_home_demo-2 Google Home is an interesting product to review. In a way, it’s just an internet-connected microphone and speaker array that draws all of its smarts from the cloud. On the other hand, it’s maybe the purest reflection of Google’s ambitions in both the artificial intelligence and home automation space. Once you get your home, setup is easy. I barely remember doing it. The… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

November 3rd

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Microsoft starts selling its HoloLens in Germany, France, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand

img_20160330_184536 HoloLens, Microsoft’s $3,000 mixed-reality goggles (or “the world’s first self-contained holographic computer” in Microsoft’s parlance), was only available in the U.S. and Canada so far. Today, however, the company announced that it will also start selling the devices in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Preorders start today… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

October 12th

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Watch Google unveil its new Pixel phones, Google Home and more

oct__4_-_google It’s time for Google’s now-annual hardware event. Today, we expect to hear more about Google’s new phones (which will now fall under the Pixel brand), as well as its Google Home Alexa competitor, an updated Chromecast dongle. Maybe we will also see even more hardware in the form of a new Nexus tablet or updated Pixel Chromebooks and tablets. Rumor has it that Google could… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

October 4th

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