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Pujie Black is an Android Wear face that's infinitely customizable. Its developer has a human face that is not infinitely customizable.

Even so, I thought it'd be interesting to see how he uses Android in his own personal life.

Here is that:
A pioneer in Android Wear development steps into the spotlight to show us how he uses Android himself -- from the wrist to the pocket and beyond.
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This is incredibly important -- and it doesn't get nearly enough attention.
Hint: It has nothing to do with the display or processor -- or even the presence of flashy add-ons.
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I'm using an iPhone so I'm off the hook on this one
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My, how times have changed.
And it won't take much for years of memories to fade.
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They lost my trust when they dropped updates for my wife's Verizon X2 a few months after we bought it. Unforgivable.
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Need a fresh look for your home screen?

Check out this fun and funky Google-themed setup -- complete with circular icons, a custom clock, and a hexagon-shaped shortcut cluster for easy access to favorite apps.

Full details + instructions at the link below!
Playful colors and simple shapes take center stage in this easy-to-navigate home screen setup.
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I always forget how much useful stuff there is here.
Google offers a diverse collection of voice commands for Android. We list 160 that you can use to make your life easier and more efficient.
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JR, this is extremely useful. Thank you for compiling it.

As an Android Auto user, and Google Play Music subscriber, I wish they would take the Play/Listen to command one step further. For instance I can ask it "What is the name of [Artists] latest Album?" Then I can say "Play [Artist] [Album Name]". But I can't yet say "Play [Artists] latest (or most recent) Album" and have it do it. They should be able to make that connection.
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Right. Because this is going to make Google's messaging mess less confusing...

Sigh.

[https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/6005073 -- via http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/07/12/hangouts-11-away-merged-sms-conversations]

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What I want to know is, if I switched to Messenger for SMS, could I still get cross-device functionality via Android apps on Chrome? Cause then I really wouldn't need Hangouts and they could do whatever they want to it (I'd prefer a migration to Allo).
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Project Fi's international data just got way better. Sweet!

(My six-month review of the service: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3056595/mobile-wireless/project-fi.html)
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+Sim Lash - I'm in the same boat as +JR Raphael. WiFi at home and work, public WiFi elsewhere. Additionally, I only upload photos/videos on WiFi, and only stream music over WiFi (the rest is cached/downloaded on the device). Also, Android Nougat has a "data saver" option that I keep on. My average daily usage is around 40-50 MB.
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Installed Prisma to see what all the fuss was about
Selected photo; applied effect
Waited three minutes. Processing still hadn't finished
Uninstalled Prisma
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Funny to see what gains popularity these days. I've never been impressed with Instagram, not impressed with Prism, and definitely don't waste my time with a few other apps which, somehow, caught momentum with the average consumer.

I'll stick with my Google photos app and its basic but, rewarding editing tools and features.
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So happy to see this seemingly small change in +Google Docs: When copying a file, the copy now stays in the same folder as the original by default.

Seems like a trivial shift, but man -- it's gonna save me a ton of time and irritation. Really does make a lot more sense this way.
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Wow. This is a pretty big small change for me. As teacher I'm often grabbing an old quiz/hw/note set, duplicating it, and changing the content while maintaining the same structure for consistency. I got pretty tired of all my new docs piling up in my Drive with no organization.
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Some really powerful new features coming to one of my favorite Wear faces!
 
I´m extremely excited to present you the next Pujie Black (https://goo.gl/MYe0Yd)! I think (deeply hope) you will like what is coming.

Custom watch hands & background (no images)
Starting version 3.4 Pujie Black has it's own vector drawing tool inside, allowing you to draw your own watch hands and backgrounds (and hopefully more in the future). These watch hands and background will be fully vector, meaning they will be crisp at any resolution. You can also share them with other users!

Individually change indicator size and position
You can now change the size and position of the indicators freely. Look in the Shared tab to enable this feature.

Backups
A better backup method has been implement. From the settings you can send yourself a backup file and import this on another device or just keep it as a backup (which will contain your presets, watch hands and background).

Icon pack support
For the tap drawer you can now assign icons from the icon packs you have installed on your device.

Sharing
Sharing has been slightly changes too. To account for the increasingly long share codes. When you share, the codes are uploaded to the cloud, which allows you to share with a much shorter share code. This does mean that share codes are not really meant for back-upping any more, please use the backup mechanism for that.

To help you get started with the watch part designer, please have a look at the manual:

https://pujieblack.com/help/watch-part-designer.html

check out this video to see a quick 3 min demo of how to design a watch hand:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnr9MyeL7LI

The update is rolling out now, you should receive it soon!

Full Change log
- Design your own watch hands and backgrounds
- Share your watch hands and backgrounds with others
- Free placement and sizing of indicators
- Improved backup mechanism
- Icon pack support for tap drawer
- Longer tick marks
- New date formats
- Optimizations & bug fixes
- Much shorter share code (for presets and watch parts), by storing them in the cloud
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+João batista Ludin No, it's not..
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I love that someone deemed it necessary to include the third option here.

"WHAAAAT?!? How dare you ask me that!"
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Google is coming out with a new instrument....
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One of my favorite Android tips -- and something I rely on all the time. Check it out:
Forget all the half-baked apps and high-maintenance options: If you want to get notified whenever a delivery's on the way, this is the way to do it.
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I've always used Deliveries, its a fantastic package tracking app, and you can even tie in your Amazon account so anything you order is automatically synced up, and you can sync all your packages across devices using hour Google login...a lot of my packages go to a box, and they don't allow you to add business addresses for the carriers own tracking updates, so if that is the case for anyone else, a quality package tracking app is a must have.
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I write about the human side of technology. I'm the executive word-chef of Android Intelligence. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.
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JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. He’s the guy behind the acclaimed Android Intelligence column at Computerworld. He writes humor-infused feature stories for a variety of publications and drinks fruit-infused beverages from a variety of glasses. At night, he sleeps.

In his spare time, JR enjoys flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

If you'd like to stalk JR, consider these helpful starting points:

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I was once honored by the American Mustache Institute. Seriously -- see here: http://goo.gl/DOv36
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