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Zen Question from an outsider:
if a company makes a smart watch that isn't android wear, but wants to use Wear's functionality.. Can this be done on the back end?

Say for instance Pebble wants to make a fork of Wear and customize it so that it make sense for their new color devices. How much could they use?

Also if they go ground up, how much of the Wear API is exposed to non-wear devices?

Would they be able to use the Wear app? If not, do you guys think that it should be able to?
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Some of these are really questions for Google, and you're not likely to get answers from them on this community. Possible, but unlikely.

I can tell you that Android Wear (both the OS, and the app) are not open source, even to the extent that traditional Android still is. So "make a fork of Wear" doesn't really make a lot of sense.

The APIs are, of course, public. So you could, of course, build an interface that duplicated those APIs, but worked with a non-Wear device (like Pebble). But as a wise old programmer once told me, "Anything's possible. Many things are difficult."

And I expect it would be possible to build a level of compatibility that even the Android Wear app would be fooled, and would work with this device. This strikes me as more dicey... IANAL, but reverse-engineering APIs has gotten some into hot water before.

I suspect the real-world answer is effectively no. It might be reasonable to build some amount of compatibility, so as to ease the burden of devs who already support Wear. But as for actually duplicating it, probably not.
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Would you buy a Pebble Steel if it was an Android wear device.. with a twist. OLED display with transparent e-ink overlay.

Ex: When watch is in sleep, you see watch hands from the e-ink display. John Smith calls, and the OLED display lights up behind it with a notification. Slide to unlock, and e-ink goes fully transparent.

PS +Pebble​ I donate this idea to you, as long as you make good use of it.
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I like my Pebble because it provides control, it's tweaked to me, not the other way around. 
I'll stick to my Pebble OS. 
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So +OnForce.. Are we going to see a WinPhone app anytime soon?
I would like to give my Lumia another try, but IE is still somewhat horrible.
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Hey +HTC please make a variant of the m8 with a removable battery door. The black lines on the back are asking for it! Please have it secured with 4 flush mount screws. And wireless charging! 
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Edge case scenario but still valid. Below are screens captured on my Note Pro 12.2"

I get that large, high resolution screens are used by a fraction of Ingress players, but this is definitely a UX issue. My 8" has the same.. sparse-ness to it, albeit not as exaggerated. 
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How to get help and why it's so tricky to diagnose.
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Hey +HTC​! Are we still on track for the OTA tomorrow?
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+LG USA Mobile​ Does the #GWatchR have any audio/tactual cues?

ie: My normal watch has an alarm. The alarm beeps (quite loudly). Can the G Watch do this?

Or: My Tone+ headset is awesome. I really like how it vibrates when I get a call. Does the G Watch do anything similar?
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Suggestion for +NIA Ops.. Make Guardian badge "Sieges Defended Against"

A siege would constitute any attacks that do not pause for x minutes for portals within n meters of each other.

It is my opinion that this would encourage active gameplay.
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BTW if I add you, I generally have a good reason, be it Ingress or I actually know you.
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