Android Wear API 23 now available to developers, brings Marshmallow to smartwatches

Google has released API 23 SDK for Android Wear, which means developers can now start optimizing their smartwatch apps for Android Marshmallow. Once apps are updated, it means they’ll be able to take advantage of a number of new Android features, and they’ll be better at automatically detecting if they’re being displayed on a round or square watch face…

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Sesame Shortcuts brings Nougat’s app shortcuts to older devices [Video]

Android 7.1 Nougat’s long-press contextual app shortcuts have become surprisingly popular, but users on older devices don’t get to enjoy the convenient feature — at least, not without third-party launchers.

Developers behind launchers like Nova and have worked to bring app shortcuts to older versions of Android, but most apps still get linked to a generic list of shortcuts for home screen management. With the help of Sesame Shortcuts, that’s all about to change.

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Google Photos brings face grouping features to more countries in 1.8 update

Google has updated the Google Photos app this week, and it’s a fairly substantive update — at least in comparison to the almost-weekly bug fixer updates that Google pushes to many of its apps. The new version brings the face grouping features of the well-reviewed cloud storage service to more countries… more…

Amazon brings FreeTime to any Android phone or tablet w/ kid-friendly content and parental controls

Amazon’s “Android” tablets have never really gained a lot of traction, but it’s not because Amazon didn’t load them up with plenty of useful features. One feature on the company’s tablets that grabbed the attention of parents was FreeTime, and today, Amazon is bringing that to any Android device.

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Sony brings its budget-friendly Xperia E5 to the market

In the myriad of flagship devices that get announced almost every month, we tend to forget that a big chunk of Android customers comprises people that care little about all the fancy features higher-end devices carry, and mostly need a tool to get a few things done.

That’s the market Sony is targeting with its latest handset. After quickly retracting all mentions of the Xperia E5 from social media briefly after unveiling it last week, the Japanese firm is officially announcing the device today

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YouTube Gaming update brings Mobile Capture on Android, paid sponsorships, more

YouTube has today announced that its Gaming platform is getting a couple of really big updates, just as the service reaches more than 144 billion minutes of gaming videos watched per month. As of today, uers of the newly-updated Android app will be able to stream the games they’re playing on their phones, and certain creators can monetize their viewership with sponsorships… more…

Chrome extension ‘Fav Forever’ brings Twitter’s stars back just hours after they disappeared

Earlier today, Twitter ditched favoriting tweets in favor of liking them, and in turn replaced the social network’s beloved star icon with an adorable heart. This change is of course — as with every change that comes to pretty much every social network, ever — very controversial, with many arguing that it’s simply a lazy move. Many say that it’s simply more evidence of Twitter’s problems in a world where its main competitor is now moving beyond likes to reactions that are more complex.

But if you use Google Chrome, and statistics says that you probably do, favorites don’t have to be completely dead quite yet. Thanks to a new Chrome extension called “Fav Forever,” you can keep those stars around as long as you want… more…