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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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True story.
A moment of frustration leads to an unlikely epiphany.
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Yes there are solutions as +Carl Draper points out (there are others too) but it is just not seamless. And (in my mind) you should not have to install an app to have your sms backed up - it should be a feature of standard sync.
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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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Great article and timely for me, as I just purchased my first Android Wear Watch. I just picked up Pujie Black as a result. 
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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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You're right, +JR Raphael​. Software is important and a company's commitment to OS updates is important, but security patches are kinda unimportant.
Can anyone even name an instance when someone with Play Store apps (nothing sideloaded) on an unrooted device was compromised due to an outdated security patch? A phishing scheme is much more likely.
By the way, the X 2014 & X Pure got Marshmallow about 2-3 months after its release while most other OEMs (and some Nexus ROM developers) took 6+ months. I think that's commendable.
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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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+mxwp derfman It isn't so much a recommendation I'm looking for. I've always liked the way +JR Raphael​ has reviewed the Moto G line. He's never been about specs but about actually using it. 
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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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Nice
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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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Interesting: Chrome OS is getting a new Material Design overview mode for window-switching.
 
A new shiny Material Design overview mode is now enabled by default in the latest Chrome OS Dev update:
- See all your opened windows by pressing the []|| shortcut key (aka F5)
- Search by window name
- Use the left and right arrows keys to move thumbnail focus across your displays

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/2078693002

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Bro, I love Chrome OS more and more every day. It's not perfect, but it sure is the better desktop. Bought our Chromebook back in November. Loved it so much I grabbed Acer's top shelf CXI2 Chromebox for the whole family and ditched the Windows machine. We're Microsoft-free and loving it. 
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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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+1 for the Office reference, but I guess Prisma is suffering from the same issues as Pokémon GO. Servers, servers, servers...
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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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Mmmm. What if a file is in multiple folders? :)
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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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