Android Smartwatch SDK, Neil Young’s PonoPlayer, Noisy Marvel Comics [Tech News Digest]
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Today in Tech News Digest, Google teases an Android SDK for smartwatches, Neil Young reveals his PonoPlayer, Yahoo’s track record with startups is revealed, Marvel adds sound to comics, Samsung releases Milk Music, Facebook Messenger finally comes to Windows Phone, and the CEO of BlackBerry calls iPhone users “wall huggers.

Google Pitches Android Smartwatches

Google plans to release an Android SDK for smartwatches in a matter of weeks, according to Sundar Pichai, the man in charge of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. The SDK is part of Google’s goal of laying out a “vision” for wearable devices.

The SDK plan was revealed at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. It suggests a similar approach to smartwatches as Google employed with smartphones, with the SDK providing “plenty of feedback” from the people who will eventually make the devices.

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As always, consumers will ultimately decide the fate of this form factor.

Neil Young’s PonoPlayer Edges Closer

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  1. Justin P
    March 11, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I love you Dave, and am not sure that PonoPlayer will be relevant. But Neil Young is a Canadian treasure, and I'm offended at your implication that his music isn't timeless. Should we fight? I think we should probably fight...

    • Dave P
      March 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      It's on.

      I didn't even know he was Canadian. But then so are Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, and Nickelback. ;)

  2. Allan
    March 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I think Neil Young is a credible and very relevant artist who over the years has shown his integrity and dedication to causes. Take, for instance, his "Honor the Treaties" tour this winter.

    • Dave P
      March 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      He probably is. It was just a little snark intended to be a fun throwaway comment :)

  3. likefunbutnot
    March 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    1. I'd LOVE to see proper distribution of hi-resolution audio data, particularly for large ensemble classical music. But reading between the lines, Pono sounds like a lot of audiophile nonsense that's going to wind up with 0.0% marketshare. I'm sure that its impending failure will be used as an excuse to continue with the same set of crappy decisions that record companies have been using for the last 15 years to screw artists and consumers both.

    2. Pirates have, unquestionably, the best digital distribution system and reading format for digital comic books. Making noise doesn't fix that. If anyone really wants to succeed with digital comics, they need to take as many lessons as they can from the people who scan and post .CBR files in newsgroups and torrent sites.

    3. A Samsung-specific mobile music service is every bit as much non-starter as an Apple one. I don't believe Android device owners particularly have brand loyalty, but even if they do, it's ridiculous to think that North Americans, who can already buy or stream music without vendor lock-in from any number of fantastic services (and also Apple, for the people who already like shitty service AND vendor lock-in) need another choice in this space. This service is going to be a giant waste of money on Samsung's part.

    • Dave P
      March 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      1. I suspect you're right. I must have terrible hearing though, as run of the mill mp3s sound fine to me.

      2. It's a strange decision to add a soundtrack. But then I would prefer to own the physical copies anyway.

      3. I agree, actually. I'm not sure quite why Samsung has gone down this route rather than just do a deal with an existing service.