Android Wear 2.0 update coming to Moto 360 (2nd Gen) as early as today

It looks like the next device in line to get Android Wear 2.0 is the Moto 360 (2nd Gen).

Motorola said today that the Moto 360 (2nd Gen)’s Android Wear 2.0 update will start rolling out in phases as early as today. Because the update is going out in phases, you may not see it today, but it should hit your device sometime in the coming days.

You can manually check for an Android Wear update by going into Settings > About > System updates on your Moto 360 (2nd Gen).

The Android Wear 2.0 update was supposed to begin rolling out in early February, but it was then delayed so that Google could fix a bug. Then we were told that several devices — including the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) — would start getting Android Wear 2.0 in May, and it looks like that is indeed the case. Better late than never, right?

If you’ve got a Moto 360 (2nd Gen), keep an eye out for your serving of Android Wear 2.0!


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Google Photos now asks users to identify their face

Google Photos is ground zero for the company's crazy machine learning technology. At Google I/O 2017, a number of new features were announced for Photos, including automated sharing based on who's in a certain photo. But for that to work, Google needs to figure out who is who, and now the Photos web app is asking users to identify what they look like.

Upon visiting photos.google.com, you may be welcomed by the above screen.

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[Hands-on] Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, a solid spin-off that revolves around an often forgotten about Pokémon

I have to admit, Pokémon: Magikarp Jump is not what I expected when I first heard about this title. I had figured it would be a cash grab taking advantage of the Pokémon name, but in all actuality, it is an interesting casual game that just about anyone can enjoy.

The premise starts out simple enough. Mayor Karp of Hoppy Town gives you a fishing pole, which is then used to catch your first Pokémon, a Magikarp.

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Lyft introduces new Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV black car service

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Today Lyft has announced two new black car options for the ridesharing service. They are called, perhaps unimaginatively, Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV. As the names imply, each of the services is meant to be a bit more luxurious than the standard fare. If you are familiar with the term "black car," that's what you can expect: a high-end literally black luxury car manned by a capable driver.

This feature is a further extension of the previous "Lyft Premier" which also allowed you to request a nice car with a guaranteed leather interior, but necessarily something explicitly at the black car level.

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Daydream and Daydream Keyboard updated to v1.6 with new languages, better punctuation layout, and more

Google announced a new standalone VR platform at I/O this year, but it's not stopping work on the existing Daydream apps and services. There's an update rolling out today to Daydream and the Daydream Keyboard. Both have version number 1.6, but only the keyboard has anything interesting in the changelog.

Here's the changelog for the keyboard update. The Daydream update is only performance and reliability improvements.

  • Added seven additional languages: Chinese simplified, Singapore English, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, Danish.
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[Bonus Round] Get your hands on another 25 temporarily free and 56 on-sale apps

What's this? A bonus round of app sales... on a Thursday? Still your beating hearts, dear readers, because while I have more apps for you today, I've decided to take a different approach. Due to the volume of yesterday's post and the amount of questionable applications in it, I am trying something new today.

Here's how this should work: I am still going to post all of the free/on-sale apps that I find so that those of you who want to look at everything can.

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Instagram now supports links and landscape/portrait images in direct messages

Instagram isn't just for posting pictures of food anymore. Whether you like it or not, the app has branched out to become a Snapchat competitor too, and now its direct messaging abilities are getting an upgrade.

First off, you can now send landscape/portrait photos and videos in direct messages without cropping them first. It seems kind of silly that was a requirement until now, but this should save users some time when sharing media.

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Andy Rubin and Essential will show off new device on May 30

In January of this year, a report surfaced that outlined Andy Rubin’s next plans for the smartphone market and how artificial intelligence would play a role in his next big vision beyond just the Android platform.

In March, Rubin actually teased the phone that had been rumored, showing a smartphone with a remarkably thin profile and an edge-to-edge display. At the time there wasn’t more to go on, with Rubin only saying he was excited about what his new company, Essential, was working on and that he couldn’t wait to get the device in more people’s hands.

Today, Essential has sent the first tweet from its official Twitter account, with the confirmation that the company will be showing off “something big” on Tuesday, May 30:

Of course, with that specific date so close, the Twitter account doesn’t provide anything else beyond the initial tease. Early rumors have suggested the device will indeed have an edge-to-edge display and that it will be running Android. Other than that, we don’t know much about Essential’s first smartphone.

The good news is that we won’t be in the dark for much longer. Are you excited to see what Andy Rubin has to show off?


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