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Skype version 4.7 for Android brings significant battery savings

“Imagine being able to leave Skype running on your phone all day without having to worry about your battery life.”

That’s how Skype are promoting their latest version of the popular app, promising to rid the battery woes that has plagued the app for sometime.

Version 4.7 of Skype sees improvements that aggressively tackle the issue of battery usage, to a point where Skype claim leaving the application running in the background all day will go unnoticed by users when  [Read More…]

Android Central 175: Android Wear

Google has announced Android Wear — it’s software platform for wearables — and along with it we saw a couple new smartwatches announced, the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. So Phil from Android Central, Adam from, CrackBerry Kevin and Mobile Nations Design Director David Lundblad got together to hash it all out.

(Warning: There’s a little bit of NSFW language in this one.)

Google officially announces Android Wear ‘Motorola announces ‘Moto 360,’ its  [Read More…]

Google Voice expected to merge into Hangouts this summer

Following trend with Google moving towards one single app that incorporates the functionality of all their social and communication services, it seems Google Voice is to be absorbed into the Hangouts app this summer.

Once the transfer of Google Voice into Hangouts is complete, you’ll be able to make VoIP calls directly from your Google phone number in the mobile app, just like on the web.

Google has already made its Hangout app take over the function of system-wide SMS  [Read More…]

Android Wear announcements today have Pebble founder excited

Pebble officially welcomes Google and partners to the smartwatch market

Android Wear, the LG G Watch and the Moto 360 are the hot topic of the day. Of course, Pebble — and how they see today’s news — is a big part of a lot of the conversation. Rather than speculate, we reached out to our friends at Pebble to see exactly what they think of it all.

We’re excited about today’s news from our friends  [Read More…]

Skype updated with ‘aggressive battery savings,’ disables group chat push notifications

One of the big issues with Skype on mobile devices, battery life, is expected to be improved dramatically today with the latest update to the Android app. According to Skype, after installing version 4.7 of the app you should be able to keep the app running all day “without noticeably affecting battery life.” The savings come from a complete reworking of how Skype runs on mobile devices, but also from turning off group chat notifications for  [Read More…]

Facebook Messenger beta lets Android users test new features

Following Facebook‘s introduction of the Beta program for their Android application last year, the company have just announced the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta program which will give users who opt-in the latest versions of the messenger app before general release.

As with the main Facebook application, our goals with this program are to expand our pool of testers and gain feedback across a more diverse set of devices. Simply by using the app and reporting issues, beta testers will  [Read More…]

Fossil Group supporting Android Wear devices

Fashion retail company Fossil Group has announced its support for Android Wear-based wearable devices. Fossil, a designer and manufacturer of many fashion items including watches and jewelry, says it’s “working with Google” to support Android’s venture into wearable tech, though no specific details about the partnership are given in today’s press release.


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Google unveils its vision for smartwatches, launches Android Wear developer preview

Many have hoped to shape the smartwatch revolution, taking their vision to Kickstarter and the like, but today Google finally joined the game announcing Android Wear, a version of the operating system for wearable devices.

Google launched two videos that introduce Android Wear, which extends Android into wearables to provide “useful information when you need it most” and more.

Watches are good at telling time, but imagine having useful, actionable information there precisely when you need it. Automatically.

As with  [Read More…]

Hardware makers swing into action with new Android Wear

In just one hour after the announcement of Google’s new Android Wear program, we already have quite a few big announcements regarding the new smartwatch OS. LG and Motorola announced their new smartwatches, while the new DevBytes video explains what Android Wear will look like to developers.


LG was very quick to make noise in the space, revealing it’s alleged G Watch. There isn’t much information on the watch quite yet, but there have been some hints revealed in some  [Read More…]

Our Android Wear forums are open for discussion!

Google, LG and Motorola have given us plenty to talk about today with the announcement of the Android Wear platform, the G Watch and Moto 360. The one-stop place for all of the talk around Android Wear is already here, and it’s in the Android Central forums!


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