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Daily Dose of iQ: Google Announces 'Android Wear' Platform for Wearable Devices

Android Wear prototype

Today, Google unveiled an official marketing campaign for its new smartwatch SDK (which we blogged about last week), called Android Wear. The concept is demonstrated in the video below.

Soon after the Android Wear news came out, Motorola announced the moto 360 smartwatch, "powered by Android Wear" and expected for release this summer. The watch in the video appears to be a moto 360.

Daily Dose of iQ: iOS 8 Rumored to Let Apps Talk to Each Other

iOS 7 screenshot - Source: VentureBeat

VentureBeat reported today that on iOS 8, Apple may finally debut an API that lets apps communicate with each other better -- a feature that's been talked about for years.

This could be a major breakthrough in the iOS user experience, allowing app developers to make a suite of separate applications that could work together and pass off functions to one another.

Daily Dose of iQ: Google Smart Watch SDK Available in 2 Weeks

Google smart watch - Source: TechCrunch

TechCrunch reports that news out of SXSW yesterday (March 9) is that Google will be releasing a software development kit (SDK) for smart watches and wearable devices two weeks from now.

Daily Dose of iQ: Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Open to Developers

Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner - Source: CNET

The Samsung Galaxy S5 debuted at Mobile World Congress this week and one of its key new features is a home button fingerprint scanner similar to that of the iPhone 5s.

Daily Dose of iQ: BlackBerry Should Ditch Its OS, Make Android Phones Instead

BlackBerry Z10, Z30 and Q10

Today, we saw two articles about BlackBerry’s hopes at future revenue.

I sat down with two of my colleagues, Garett Rogers (iQmetrix Director of R&D) and Collin Prior (UX Architect/Business Analyst) to discuss these two opportunities.

Daily Dose of iQ: Qualcomm's Gimbal Platform Sells $5 iBeacons

Qualcomm Gimbal video screenshot

We've been keenly following the progress of Apple's iBeacon BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology -- and especially as it pertains to in-store use -- for some time now.

Daily Dose of iQ: Windows Phones, Where Art Thou?

Forbes' Mark Rogowsky today wrote an interesting article about Microsoft and Nokia's failure to gain traction in the smartphone market, and particularly in North America.

Daily Dose of iQ: "The Car is the Latest Smart Device"

Screenshot of Chevrolet MyLink website

Jason Mick of today wrote about Detroit automakers' current demand for app developers in what's being called an "infotainment arms race."

We've blogged about M2M tech in the past but when it comes to connected devices, cars are definitely the most meaningful new frontier for accessing apps and content -- mostly due to the sheer amount of time we spend in them.

Daily Dose of iQ: 11-year-old Wins $20K for App that Discourages Texting While Driving

Rode Dog app creator Victoria Walker and family

As Mark Raby of reports (Sept. 23), Victoria Walker, 11, won a $20,000 cash prize from AT&T for helping to create an app that discourages users from texting while behind the wheel.

Walker won the "It Can Wait" Hackathon hosted by AT&T, which challenged developers to find solutions to the texting while driving problem.

Daily Dose of iQ: Facebook's New App Center Underscores the Company's Mobile Revenue Challenges

Facebook's App Center

Yesterday afternoon, Facebook announced its new mobile app store, called "App Center." 

If you look at the mock-up in the above image, it appears users can buy mobile apps from Facebook's desktop format. "The App Center is designed to grow mobile apps that use Facebook –- whether they’re on iOS, Android or the mobile web," wrote Aaron Brady on Facebook's Developer Blog.


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