Marshmallow comes to Android Wear

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You Can Design NASA's Next Wearable Application


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Google makes Android Wear available even when your phone isn’t

Google has announced a number of updates to its wearable operating system designed to make Android Wear more accessible and helpful.

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Developer integrates Android Wear notifications on iOS

Android developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh has figured out a way to code iOS notification functionality into Android Wear devices.

Using the Apple Notification Center Service (ANCS), the developer (better known in the XDA Android developer community as MohammadAG) pushed iOS notifications to his Moto 360 smartwatch running Android Wear. ANCS is the same technology the Pebble smartwatch uses to receive Bluetooth iOS notifications, so he simply coded an APK file to push iOS notifications to it.

As of yet, Google has not officially committed to integrating iOS with Android Wear, but the ANCS integration works with iOS 7 and newer versions. The wearable itself still requires an Android smartphone integration to set up and download apps.

A demo video of the Android Wear iOS notification functionality is available below:

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BlackBerry BBM for Android Wear

BlackBerry is jumping into the wearables space. The company just announced BBM support for a wide range of Android Wear wearable devices.

“The integration of BBM to support wearable technology is just one way we’re expanding the capabilities of our portfolio and delivering exciting options for customers to easily access BlackBerry’s cross-platform technologies,” said Herman Li, senior vice president of BBM engineering and product management at BlackBerry.

Users will be able to access BBM alerts, read and respond to BBM messages, and accept BBM invites, all from their Android Wear devices without having to access their smartphones.

In addition, the company announced a new cloud-based Internet of Things platform designed to provide a secure and scalable way for developers to manage and develop IoT apps and devices.

The platform includes cloud services to collect, analyze and manage data and devices, analytics, data permissions and authentication, storage, and integration connectors.

“Looking ahead, we will extend the platform with other BlackBerry technologies to give developers additional control over the flow of information to devices on the network’s edge,” said Matt Hoffman, vice president of strategy and marketing for BlackBerry Technology Solutions.

This article originally appeared on SD Times

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Watch Face API for Android Wear released

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Google Fit SDK now available

Google has announced a new platform to help people keep track of their fitness goals back in June, and last week the company made that platform available on Android, Android Wear and the Web for developers to start building and publishing apps on Google Play.

“The Google Fit platform gives the user one place to keep all their fitness activities. With the user’s permission, any developer can store or read the user’s data from Google Fit and use it to build powerful and useful fitness experiences for their users,” the company wrote in its blog...Read More

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Android Wear App Dev Guidelines Spotlight Ad Industry's Future As Watchmakers Fix Glitches

Wearable devices may take time to catch on as makers work out the glitches, but that hasn't stopped Google from pushing the apps it thinks buyers will use to make their life easier. The company has published a set of design guidelines it wants developers to follow. Making the apps feel personal takes a creative vision.

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