New Android Wear updates Google's smartwatch game

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[MUSIC] What's going on, Brian Tong, with your Googlicious. Everything Google that we can pack inside of a show. Smart watches are still getting all of the attention, and Google is all over this with a big update to Android Wear that brings wrist gestures to the platform. Now you can flick through cards hands-free on Android Wear by flicking your wrist away. But I would advise against doing this constantly in public. Now Google's platform also brings wi-fi support, so your watch won't always need to be directly connected to your phone. You can also respond to messages by drawing little emoji replys, as long as you are decent at drawing with your finger which I am. Plus, they've added always onscreen always on apps, and your contacts will be more easily accessible now. These updates are coming to all seven Android wear watches over the next few weeks starting with the LG watch Urbane, really the most stylish looking one of the bunch. All right, Google recently announced the Works with Google cardboard program that lets you be aware of all the third party viewers that are compatible with cardboard apps. They're marked with a little orange badge so you know, Google's implementing a QR code system allowing apps to identify which cardboard viewer that the user has and it will adjust the experience to fit. Now, this is really cool, and if you're looking to still get one, the good people at Doto Case are making their virtual reality. Cardboard toolkit free for a limited time. All you've to do is pay for the cost of shipping and it works with Android devices as well as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. And in a What If story this week, Bloomberg business reports that Tesla. Was almost sold to Google in 2013. On the verge of bankruptcy and hustling to fulfill their preorders of the Tesla S to early adopters, Tesla head Elon Musk started negotiating a deal to sell his company to Google through his buddy Larry Page. Now, the report also says while the report was being worked out. The company would have cost six billion dollars, and they also needed to invest five billion more in factory expansions at that time. Muske wanted guarantees that Google wouldn't break up or shut down his company, and he would run the Google owned Tesla for eight years or until they pumped out their main stream third gen car that would be priced for the masses. Now Page even agreed to the overall proposal and shook on the deal, but it never happened after sales picked up significantly within weeks after that, and Tesla was able to pay off its $465 million loan to the U.S. Department of Energy. But this is just a fun what could have been story. All right, in announcements around the Android world live streaming app Meerkat. Has announced that it's opening up a public beta for its upcoming Android app. It's currently on IOS and alongside of Periscope, both of these apps have really jump started live streaming from your phone. You'll just need to fill out a Google form that you can find from Meerkat to get a chance to be one of the early beta testers. It's also been about a month of nonstop leaks for Sony's Xperia Z4, and it's now officially out in Japan. It looks almost exactly like the Z3, like we thought, and brings an aluminum bezel this time. The biggest change is a 20.7 megapixel rear camera and all new Snapdragon A10 processor running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Also, LG keeps giving us more with the G4, this time posting a picture on its Google Plus page with its tan leather style booty. We'll find out all of the official details on April the 28th. And if you want people to stop caring about your quote unquote big announcements, keep doing what the team at One Plus did after teasing an announcement for the past few days. That announcement? Well, you don't need an invite to buy a Oneplus One phone anymore. Thanks guys, I don't need an invite to buy any of the killer phones on the market right now. Alright, that's going to do it for this weeks show. You can always email us at googlicious@cnet.com or tweet me @briantong and I will get back to you. Thanks so much for watching, we'll see you all next time for some more of that googlicious. And you know what? Go dubs. [MUSIC] Googlicious.

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