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Briefly: New Sony Smartwatch 2 app, SMS and IM merge on Hangouts

updated 12:03 am EDT, Wed April 23, 2014

Sony Smartwatch 2 updated, features customizable watch face editor

Sony has announced an update for its Android-based Smartwatch 2, adding a customizable watch face editor. Various widgets can be selected that include date, weather, calendar, Bluetooth, notifications, and more, with third-party developers welcomed to create new content. The Smartwatch 2 now has a built-in calculator app featured in the new update, as well as improved Gmail and Facebook apps. Featuring six new wallpaper options, the watch offers a new low-light double tap function that increases the display's brightness by thirty percent when touched. According to Sony's blog post, new options and further developments are on the horizon.

Google Hangouts for Android merges its SMS and IM conversations

Google Hangouts has introduced an update for Android users, featuring the merging of SMS and IM conversations into a single conversation window. The contacts list will be divided into "People you Hangout with" and "Phone contacts", distinguishing whether a message is sent as an SMS or via Hangouts itself. Hangouts v2.1 also includes a new home screen widgets, improved video call quality and message performance. Scheduled to have rolled out today, the latest Google Hangouts for Android users can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

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