Android Smartwatches Can Now Be Used to Find Lost Phones
Google today added support for Android Wear to its Android Device Manager tool. With it, people will be able to locate their misplaced Android smartphone by asking their watch to find it. Smartwatch wearers can use a voice search or the menu system to locate a lost phone, which will ring at full volume when prompted. Android Device Manager is similar to Apple's "Find My iPhone" tool in that it helps people find their missing devices. Google said support for Android Wear is rolling out over the next few weeks.
Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones
Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app.
Google Updates, Renames Android Device Manager
Google today updated its Android Device Manager application. The app has a fresh design and, more importantly, a new name.
Google Rebrands 'Android Wear' as 'Wear OS by Google'
Google today said it is getting rid of the Android Wear brand that has been a part of its smartwatch strategy for years. Moving forward, Google's platform for wearable devices will be called Wear OS by Google.
Google Brings Android Wear to the iPhone
Google today released an Android Wear application for iOS devices that makes the iPhone compatible with Google-based smartwatches. The Android Wear app works with the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, and 6 Plus as long as the phones are running iOS 8.2 and up.