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Google Keep: Take notes on the go
Thursday, April 23, 2015
At the grocery store, juggling your shopping list with a gallon of milk, a basket of food, and your phone usually ends up with a “Spill in aisle 4.” Starting today, you can leave your phone in your pocket and view notes on your
device. Just start Keep from the app list or say “OK Google, open Keep” to begin browsing notes on your wrist. To take a new note, you can still use “OK Google, take a note.”
Swipe up and down to browse through notes, tap to view a particular note, or just tap the plus sign and speak to create a new note. You can also add reminders to notes directly from your Android Wear watch. With this update, Keep will support recurring reminders too!
We also recently launched the ability to add labels to notes in the Keep Android app and on the web to help you stay organized. Use labels like “Inspiration” and “To-dos” to never miss an idea or task.
So whether it’s taking notes on Android Wear, setting reminders, or adding labels to notes, use Keep to make sure you never lose a thought.
Google Keep is available for free on
for your Android devices (Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and above), the
, and the
Chrome Web Store
Posted by Ranna Zhou, Product Manager and Chief Notetaker for Google Keep
Android Wear: wear what you want, get what you need
Monday, April 20, 2015
Architect and artist William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Turns out that’s also good advice for deciding what to wear. So
offers a range of watches and apps that are fashionable as well as functional.
Over the past few months we’ve added lots of ways to express your style—from
custom watch faces
rainbow of bands
. Today we’re making Android Wear more helpful as well—getting you what you need, right on your wrist.
Always-on screen, always-on apps
When you buy a watch you want it to, well, tell the time. So most Android Wear watches include an always-on screen—no tapping, twisting or shaking required to see what time it is. Now we’re expanding this option to apps, so they can stay visible as long as you need them, instead of disappearing when you drop your arm. In either case the screen is only full color when you're actively looking at it—so you get the info you need, and you save on battery life.
With GPS and offline music support, you can already leave your phone at home, then go
jogging and jamming
like normal. Now Android Wear supports watches with built-in Wi-Fi. As long as your watch is connected to a Wi-Fi network, and your phone has a data connection (wherever it is), you’ll be able to get notifications, send messages, and use all your favorite apps. And if you really do forget your phone, you can always
ask your watch
where it is.
Simpler, faster, and more smiley
When it comes to your watch, using apps should be as simple as checking the time. So today we’re making a number of Android Wear improvements to help you access your info, and express yourself more easily:
Got your hands full? You no longer need them to check your news and notifications. Instead you can just
flick your wrist
to scroll through the stream.
Your apps and contacts are now just a tap away from the watch face. Just touch the screen, and you’ll be able to start apps and send messages immediately.
: Can’t talk? Now you can draw hundreds of different emojis, directly on the watch screen. We’ll recognize your work (no art degree required) and send it via message or text.
These updates are coming to
all seven Android Wear watches
over the next few weeks, starting with the new
LG Watch Urbane
. In the meantime, there are plenty of
and lots of
beautiful watch faces
—so find your favorites, and wear what you want.
Posted by David Singleton, Director of Engineering, Android Wear
Android Wear: even more ways to wear what you want
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Function and fashion. The watch has always been a great mix of both, and with
, we’re working with an ecosystem of manufacturers and developers to help you
get more done
dress things up
, right on your wrist. Today we’re adding even more ways to express your personal style.
A watch face for everyone
There are now more than one thousand different watch faces available for Android Wear—from ones that
match your clothes
, to ones with
, to ones that
show the stars
. To help you find your favorites, we’ve expanded our
on Google Play. So try a watch face on for size, and change things up as often as you want.
Mosaic of Android Wear watch faces—larger image available
A wider selection of straps
Most Android Wear watches use industry standard 22mm bands, so you can choose almost any strap for your device. Starting this week, you can also explore a curated set of options from
E3 Supply Co.
Worn & Wound
Sample watch straps for Android Wear
choose your favorite watch
, then select a face or strap. With Android Wear, you’re always free to wear what you want.
Posted by Jeff Chang, Senior Product Manager, Android Wear
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