WhatsApp and TuneIn Radio add Android Wear integration

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Android Wear continues to take the app developer world by storm, with WhatsApp and TuneIn Radio adding official support for Android smartwatches. 

Overall, TuneIn's Wear controls are minimal yet useful, according to German-language site Appdated, including player and station navigation controls.

WhatsApp, on the other hand, has added about as much Android Wear integration as could be expected. Features include stacked notifications for when you have multiple unchecked messages, complete message previews, and to top it all off, voice replies, as reported by 9to5 Google.

It sounds like an extremely useful update for any of WhatsApp's more than 500 million users worldwide that happen to have an LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live.

Numerous big name apps have been rolling out updates with Android Wear integration recently. In fact, Android Wear-enhanced apps already outnumber their Google Glass counterparts, albeit for a number of reasons.

Popular apps already featuring Android Wear integration include 1Weather, Evernote, IFTTT, Pinterest, Runtastic, and Runkeeper, as well as Google-made apps like Google Camera, Google Keep, and Google Maps.

Google certainly has sparked developer interest in Android Wear, likely thanks to how easily Wear integrates with existing Android apps in Google Play. It's also tempting to develop for Android Wear when you have devices from major manufacturers like LG and Samsung available at reasonable prices. More Android smartwatches are expected in the coming months, including Motorola's Moto 360 and the rumored HTC One Wear.

It's still early days for Android Wear devices and too early to tell if the smartwatches are a hit with gadget junkies. Nevertheless, it's pretty clear Google has found fans of its wearables platform with Android app developers.

This story, "WhatsApp and TuneIn Radio add Android Wear integration" was originally published by TechHive.

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