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Android Wear on the Moto 360. Photo: Google.

Android Wear on the Moto 360. Photo: Google.

It seems Google is already gearing up to address one of the advantages Apple Watch has over Android Wear by allowing compatible wearables to receive notifications over Wi-Fi. A future update will also bring gesture controls, sources say.

Toggling Wi-Fi with your voice. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Toggling Wi-Fi with your voice. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Android has long allowed us to access certain settings using our voice, but in the latest Google Search update for Lollipop, you’ll actually be able to change them, too. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the flashlight can all be toggled simply by talking to your phone.

Quick Settings in Android 5.1. Photo: AndroidPolice

Quick Settings in Android 5.1. Photo: AndroidPolice

Android 5.1 is already shipping on Android One devices in Indonesia, which means it’s coming soon to Google’s Nexus devices. One of its many improvements is the ability to promptly switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections directly from the Quick Settings menu.

Tap to preview. Photo: Toshiba

Tap to preview. Photo: Toshiba

We don’t usually get too excited about SD cards, but Toshiba’s new offering deserves attention — especially from photographers. Thanks to its built-in NFC chip, the new card lets you preview your photos on your smartphone or tablet by simply tapping the two together, so you don’t have to wait until you get home to your computer to see your latest snaps.

Smart Unlock is just $0.99 on Google Play. Photo: Hazex

Smart Unlock is just $0.99 on Google Play. Photo: Hazex

Still waiting for Android 5.0 to come to your device? You don’t need it to enjoy Smart Lock, one of Lollipop’s best new security features, thanks to a new third-party app called Smart Unlock that delivers the same functionality.

Compatible with any device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above, the $0.99 download automatically disables your lock screen security when a trusted wearable is nearby. What’s more, Smart Unlock has an advantage over Google’s own Smart Lock feature by allowing you to add trusted Wi-Fi networks, too.

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