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Android Wear: Always-on apps
Friday, June 26, 2015
Watches tell the time, all the time, helping you stay on track and make quick decisions at a glance. That’s why Android Wear supports always-on screens and
. You get the info you need as long as you need it, while saving on battery and avoiding arm twists just to wake your display.
Bring! Shopping List in normal and always-on modes.
Going out for a run? Now, you can keep an eye on distance and pace just by glancing at your watch with
. If golf is more your game,
gives you accurate distances from tee to pin so you can always grab the right club from your bag.
Competing in your personal weekly
? No need to slow down to bring out a list or phone. Just glance at your watch to see what’s next with
Bring! Shopping List
And if you’re catching a flight, apps from
show you flight status, gate, and seat info right on your wrist. Wearing your boarding pass keeps your phone in your bag and out of the airport lost and found.
With a wide range of
Android Wear watches
available in the Google Store, it’s easy to find a watch that matches your personal style. No matter which watch you choose, you’ll always be able to stay on track by keeping important info on your wrist.
Posted by Joe LaPenna, Software Engineer and Watchmaker
Google Play Music free, ad-supported radio
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Music for everything you do
Need some music right now to make whatever you’re doing better? If you’re not already a
Google Play Music
subscriber, we’ve now got you covered. Google Play Music now has a free, ad-supported version in the U.S., giving you a new way to find just the right music and giving artists another way to earn revenue. In less time than it takes you to read this sentence, you could be exercising with
, cooling off with
, or spending quality time with
Songs To Raise Your Kids To
At any moment in your day, Google Play Music has whatever you need music for—from working, to working out, to working it on the dance floor—and gives you curated radio stations to make whatever you’re doing better. Our team of music experts, including the
folks who created Songza
, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music.
We hope you’ll enjoy it so much that you’ll consider
subscribing to Google Play Music
to play without ads, take your music offline, create your own playlists, and listen to any of the 30 million songs in our library on any device and as much as you’d like. You’ll also get ad-free, offline and background features for music videos on YouTube. And with or without a subscription, you can store and play up to 50,000 songs from your own collection for free.
To help you get started, check out the top 10 most popular activities on Google Play Music, with each offering several radio stations to choose from based on what you like:
Brand New Music
Boosting Your Energy
Having Friends Over
Having Fun at Work
Entering Beast Mode
Waking Up Happy
The new free, ad-supported version of Google Play Music is launching first in the U.S. It’s available on the
today, and is rolling out this week to
. And while you’re checking it all out, we’ll be catching up on our
Posted by Elias Roman, product manager
Android Wear: New watch faces from around the world
Monday, June 22, 2015
Ever wish you could change your look throughout the day? With
, fashion is equal parts physical and digital. Now, in addition to our growing
collection of watches
, you can also pick from 1500+ downloadable watch faces to match any outfit, mood, or occasion.
Today, we’re showcasing
17 new watch faces
from all over the globe—from the adorable characters of Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, and Moomin, to the elegant accessories of Cynthia Rowley, Lulu Frost, and Triwa, to eye-catching brands and artists like Bang & Olufsen, Muji, and Kevin Tong.
So whether you’re into games or glamour, you’re sure to find a watch face that lets you wear what you want.
Posted by Feng Yuan Xu, Product Marketing Manager, Android Wear
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