Reported Android Wear Update to Bring Interactive Watch Faces, Watch-to-Watch Communication

As reported by Phandroid, an update is coming to Android Wear, bringing with it a couple of highly notable features. First, a basic change in the UI will allow users to perform a single tap on the device’s display, resulting in windows sliding in from the right.

For example, inside of an app, a tap could bring up new dialog for users to consume, such as health info via Google Fit. On the home screen, certain watch faces that are not yet released would allow for interaction. If a watch face shows weather, you could tap on it, then it will display different time zones, battery info, or other information.  (more…)

Video: Android M Preview 2 Overview!

Yesterday, Google gave us an updated Android M Developer Preview 2 that had a good handful of tweaks and changes that we pointed out through a series of Android M feature posts. But since we realize that not everyone wants to read through each individual post, we went ahead and put together a quick video of each of the changes in action.

In the clip below, you’ll see the tweaked app drawer, new Storage and Memory areas in settings, fully-featured System UI Tuner (with status bar options!), and how you can quickly delete screenshots. None of this stuff is game-changing or even ground-breaking, but it certainly adds some polish to that original preview.

Should we find other little goodies, we will be sure to pass along that info.  (more…)

New Inbox Widgets Let You Quickly Set Reminders or Compose Emails

According to Inbox by Gmail G+ page, a recent update to the Inbox on Android app introduced two new widgets – one for setting reminders and another for composing emails.

The widgets are indeed on my phone after a recent update (at least I think that’s when they showed up) and I could see them coming in handy. For one, both the reminder and compose widgets can be dragged into a folder or in the app dock, just like an app icon. With that functionality, you don’t have to just set them on your home screen. They are still added as if they were widgets, but again, they really just function like an app shortcut.  (more…)

Android M Feature: Google Cleans Up “Storage & USB” Menu, Adds Quicker File Manager Access

In the Android M Preview 1, Google introduced a tweaked Storage manager to simplify the experience from preview Android builds. In the new Android M Preview 2 they went ahead and continued the overhaul, this time going with a very minimal styling that also gives you quicker access to Android’s built-in file manager. They also renamed the setting to “Storage & USB.”  (more…)

Android M Feature: Google Gives Memory It’s Own Setting for Quick Access

In the original Android M preview, Google added in a Memory management setting that was tucked inside the Apps section. In this Memory setting, you could see how much RAM your system or individual apps were using based on 3/6/12-hour increments up to 1 full day. It was a handy feature for those looking at system hogs, but unfortunately, unless you knew to look in Settings>Apps>Advanced>Memory, you probably didn’t know it existed.  (more…)