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Google Announces the Android 6.0 and Two Nexus Phones

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Google recently announced they are going to be releasing two new Nexus smartphones in the near future. These phones are called the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, and will be much different than previous versions of Nexus. For starters, the phones are going to have the new Android 6.0 operating system. This is the latest version of the popular Android OS created by Google. The nickname for Android 6.0 is Marshmallow.

Besides the new OS, the phones will have better quality cameras, improved fingerprint sensory technology on the rear, bigger batteries, and new power saving options that will be included with Android 6.0. However, another change in the OS that IT managers and business users will appreciate are the enhanced security options. Users will now be able to keep their personal apps and business apps separate from each other. This kind of feature used to be available through add-on software and apps that you would have to download, but now users will be able to have the feature built right into the operating system.

Business people and workers are always struggling to separate their work related apps from their personal apps. Often times, workers will end up accidentally sharing sensitive company information through a private email, or sometimes even sensitive personal information through a corporate email. You have probably heard about stories where people end up accidentally sharing personal selfie pictures or even nude pictures of themselves with people they didn’t intend on sending them to. Well now, this problem will be avoidable in the new Android 6.0 because you can finally keep your personal data separate from your work data, and vice versa.

The LG Nexus 5X will have a 5.2 inch display screen and will be priced at $379 if The LG Nexus 5X will have a 5.2 inch display screen and will be priced at $379 if you purchase the standard 16GB model. As for the Huawei Nexus 6P, it will have a 5.7 inch display screen and priced at $499 if you purchase the 32GB model. Both come equipped with 64-bit processors. The phones were available to purchase starting at the end of October. The majority of the people purchasing these new phones are businesspeople, since the new features cater more to their needs. They are also more likely to afford the purchase because it is work related, which can be claimed as a deduction on their income tax. As for laypeople, they may still want to upgrade their Android phone to the newest Nexus model just to try out the latest Android operating system.

Android smart watches get in time with iPhone

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Android smartwatches are starting to become known amongst consumers and tech enthusiasts. But some people are unsure about the differences between Android smartwatches and other brands of smartwatches, like the Apple Watch. Those who enjoy Apple over Google may not want to switch to Android Wear just to try out a different operating system. Well it seems that Google may have a way to solve this problem because they are releasing a new version of their Android Wear software that is designed for Apple’s “iOS” mobile operating system. Android Wear for iOS will be available for the LG Watch Urbane. In the future, there will be other Android Wear smartwatches that will support the Apple iOS. Some of these watches will be Asus, Huawei, and Motorola. Google plans to keep people informed on the latest developments in these future releases. 

This latest move seems to be Google’s way of competing with the highly awaited Apple Watch. When people put on one of these Android smartwatches, it will be able to communicate with their iPhone because of the iOS integration. Now people who are predominately iPhone users can now purchase another Android device and use them together. Before, consumers generally had to stick with one brand. If they bought an Android phone then every other device the purchase had to be Android as well. The same went for Apple users too. People with iPhones needed iPads, iPods and so on. When Android Wear was first released it was only able to work with a Google operating system. But with this new ability for Android Wear to communicate with an iOS, it opens up all kinds of possibilities for cross brand communication.

 Right now the fitness tracker Fitbit is the top selling smartwatch with Apple Watch coming in second place. It would be very hard for Android to make itself stand out amongst these top two competitors unless they did something unique with their smartwatches that no one else has done. This new move by Android will likely be the thing that keeps their watches selling and keeps them stable in the marketplace. For one thing, Android Wear is only $100 whereas the Apple Watch starts at $500. Most people are not going to pay $500 when they can pay $100, especially if it will communicate with their existing iPhone. The one bad thing Apple has going for it is its prices. They are always the most expensive computer brand on the market. Since smartwatches are not really that popular to begin with, it is unlikely that consumers will keep shelling out $500 for the newest Apple Watch. Therefore, Google has a strong chance of getting their Android Wear ahead of the game.

Difference between Android and IOS OS

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While supporters of both operative systems have their arguments to choose their platform, look how they work, what they have in common and the difference in both systems.

  • Interface design

During 2013, Apple had brought flat design which has a minimalist approach, and instead of the button in the back, they use movement coating left – swipe. Apple is successfully forcing their programmers to make flat designed applications, but Google makes his story with material design in the AppStore applications.

On the other hand, with Lollipop 5.0, Google has changed their design. Applications from Google factory got a new design, more layers, animations are a lot different, and everything is much simpler. Even Google redesigning their application is very good, other application manufacturers are not doing that, at least not like Apple where this is very expressed so that IOS remains clearer for users. However, as Android is concerned, it is likely to change as Lollipop support is growing and a greater number of devices will be using new applications.

  • Multitasking

Access to Multitasking option is one of the biggest differences in these two systems. Google multitasking shows like cards that overlap one over the other and by scrolling cards comes up to the application. Applications are easily distinguished because they are separated with colours, and the header of each card shows the name and logo of applications. The disadvantage of this system is that it does not show screen content in the application, which might be convenient when you need it again to see some information, number or phrase.

As far as the IOS 8 system, by double clicking on the circular button you get the Multitasking menu, in which the open applications are arranged next to each other. On a full screen, it is displaying a large application icon below the screen, and the content on them is somewhat readable. On the top of the screen are the most frequently used contacts, which immediately from there, you can send a message or make a call. To turn off applications, you have to move your finger up, and a large number of applications requires more scrolling through the display.

  • Widgets and notifications

Android has long been unrivalled in this category, and the first one that had menu notifications which you need to pull down from the top of the edge with your finger. To add a widget, you need to search in widget menu, and then it is possible to add on home or lock screen.

Widgets are finally available with the last big IOS update, and it offers capable Dropbox or Evernote plugins. Notifications are behind Android capability because they don’t allow turning off the specific notifications, and IOS notifications only have the specific range of automatic responses for some applications.

Google Keep for Android Wear Now Lets You Take Notes and Set Reminders From Your Wrist

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The Android Wear operating system for smartwatches is becoming popular amongst consumers. The cool thing is that Google is constantly releasing apps for the Android Wear which allows you to perform more tasks with your smartwatch. Google Keep is one of the most popular apps for your Android watch. It lets you organize your notes, photos and lists within the application. In fact the newest update to the device is said to allow users to become completely independent from having to use their smartphones for these kinds of tasks.

Those who are new to smartwatches might be wondering how you actually type words into your notepad. As you probably guessed, smartwatches do not have virtual keyboards that you can text or type in letters with. Instead they rely on the user speaking into it with their voice. So when you launch Google Keep on your Android Wear, you can just create a new note for yourself by speaking the words into the device. Those verbal words will then get translated into written speech and get saved automatically as a note in the program. You can also create written lists and attach pictures to them as well.

A new feature to Android Wear is its “always on” ability. Usually apps will shut down after you drop your arm in order to conserve the life of your battery. With the latest Android Wear update, apps will still turn off after you drop your arm but they will turn back on after you raise your arm to look at the watch. This comes in very handy with Google Keep if you have to constantly look at your watch to check the notes you have written down. For example, let’s say you made your shopping list and put the list into Google Keep. If you want to check off items from your list, you no longer after to restart the app to get to your list after you put your arm down. You can just go right back to the list and continue where you left off by simply raising your arm back up.

If you currently own an Android Wear smartwatch then you should be receiving these updates to its operating system automatically. This means you don’t have to run out and purchase a brand new smartwatch just to get this new feature. Google Keep is one of many exciting apps that are available for the Android Wear watch. Check out the Google Play store to discover more of them.

The fingerprint sensor on Samsung Galaxy S6

galaxyThe latest feature on Smartphones that people are talking about is the fingerprint sensor, which can famously be found on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6. This fingerprint sensor was first introduced on the iPhone 5s models from Apple, which put them at an incredible technological advantage over other competing Smartphones in the marketplace. But even when other Smartphone brands started implementing this technology into their own Smartphone models, their fingerprint sensors were not nearly as accurate as Apple’s “Touch ID” fingerprint sensor. Therefore, Apple iPhones remained the dominating Smartphone for this kind of technology.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 may finally bring Apple some competition where the fingerprint sensors are concerned. They have finally created a sensor that matches the accuracy and quality of the Touch ID. With the S6, all you have to do now is put your finger on the sensor embedded into the “Home” button. This will unlock the phone without requiring you to enter in your pass code. You can also save up to four different fingerprints onto this device. That means you can authorize four different people to access your phone, such as family members or even friends. This sensory technology will also be an important part in Samsung’s mobile payment platform known as “Samsung Pay.” Samsung Pay will be similar to the Apple Pay platform where you have to confirm the mobile payments you make by using your fingerprint.

People who have tested the fingerprint sensor of the Galaxy S6 state that it works perfectly and is without flaws. Even when they tried to trick the sensor into gaining them access, it did not work. This accuracy is equal to the Touch ID and will give fans of the sensor a new outlook on Samsung’s Android phones in the future. Previously, Samsung had tried to put this technology into their Galaxy S5, which required users to swipe their finger a certain way over the home button for it to unlock. If the user was just a little off in their swiping ability, the phone would not unlock. This frustrated many Samsung users and forced many of them to just turn off the fingerprint sensor option all together. But it looks like that won’t be the case when more people purchase the Galaxy S6.

Samsung admitted they didn’t solely create this sensory technology for their phone, but rather licensed the sensor from a supplier who remains anonymous. On the other hand, Apple creates their own fingerprint sensors. But this doesn’t really matter to consumers. All they care about is what works great for them, so they will certainly appreciate the great improvements of this technology in the Galaxy S6.

One Of The Best Android Phones Will Be Super Cheap Next Month

Android phones have become popular for a variety of reasons. Not only are they easy to use, but they are also the most affordable Smartphones on the mobile marketplace. But this doesn’t mean you can’t wait until they get even cheaper. The newest Android Smartphone will be cheaper next month because Motorola is offering a $140 discount off any purchase on their website that is $499 or more. This means you can get a 64 GB Moto X with no contract for only $360, instead of the retail price of $500. This is Motorola’s best Smartphone yet with lots of memory and completely free of all bloatware. If you want to get a less expensive Motorola phone with more accessories, you could get the 32 GB version of Moto X with a case, charger and wallet case for only $375. This is about the same price as the 64 GB Moto X without the accessories. So it really all depends if the extra memory is worth more than the accessories. Of course, you can still shop around on the Motorola website and try to find your own unique combinations of items to purchase at a discount.

To take advantage of this special discount offer, you have to register at the Motorola website in order to receive the special promo code. Unfortunately, this registration opportunity was only available on February 2nd between noon and 1PM. For those who already got the code, they have until February 14th to use it. However, people who do not have any promo code can still take advantage of some good discount opportunities on the website. You can still get $100 off any $500 purchase, and you can even get $35 off any $250 purchase. These discounts are not as big as the other one, but they are still considerably generous and will save you some good money.

Motorola is a brand that has always been able to merge quality with affordability. Their newest phones have large high definition screens, fast computer processing and a Google Now feature. Best of all, the Motorola phones contain the latest version of the Android operating system. This means you will be able to download apps from the Google Store and play them on your device. Therefore, if you are looking for a super cheap phone then you better take advantage of these discounts quickly before they run out. You never know when Motorola will have another discount opportunity like this one.

Wearables Are Still Too Expensive, Report Says

There are many different kinds of mobile technologies being introduced into the consumer marketplace. The newest one is the wearable, also known as Smartwatches. These wearable devices allow people to do much more than just tell time. They can do things like track your heart rate, measure the distance traveled and figure out the current temperature. Unfortunately, every new product like this can be a tad expensive. If you own a Nike+ or Galaxy Gear then you already realize that Smartwatches can cost anywhere from $100 to $300. For the average consumer, this is a lot of money to spend on a watch that doesn’t even have diamonds in it. With something like the iPhone, it is different. The iPhone allows you to do many more things like place phone calls, go on the internet and play games. That is why people don’t mind spending hundreds of dollars on a Smartphone. However, Smartwatches are still something new to consumers, so they aren’t ready to shell out lots of cash for them just yet.

Consumer reports have discovered that 72% of Smartwatch owners feel like they were too expensive. The reports also found that 52% of people wish these devices looked more like jewelry and less like a piece of technology. You have to remember that we live in a very visual society. Consumers still care more about the look of their product as well as the functionality of it. That is why the company with the best looking Smartwatch will attract the most consumers towards buying their version of the device. One company, Pebble, has recently released their line of Pebble Steel Smartwatches and they look considerably different than most other Smartwatches. Pebble Steel combines the classic stainless steel look with fashionable leather straps. The downside to it is that it doesn’t have a fast processor like the other watches on the market. It also costs about $249, which is pretty high for a wearable. The original Pebble watch only cost $150. However, the Pebble Steel does consume much less power and won’t have to be charged as frequently. Overall, the biggest difference between the original Pebble and Pebble Steel is the design. If you are a consumer that wants a fashionable looking Smartwatch, then the Pebble Steel will likely be for you. If you care more about the functionality and touch screen capabilities of your Smartwatch then you will need to try a different brand all together.

Samsung Switches to Tizen Operating System

samsung_smartwatch_Mar2014Samsung has made a lot of consumers happy over the years with their Smartwatch product line. In their previous version of the watch, they used the Android operating system that was developed by Google. Now in their new Smartwatch model they are using the Tizen operating system, which is similar to the Linux-based operating system. Many consumers have wondered why Samsung would ditch such a popular operating system, like the Android, and replace it with a more unfamiliar operating system like Tizen. The answer has to do with Samsung wanting to become more independent from using another company’s software. They are trying to move away from being a pure hardware play to an innovator that develops its own software and becomes less dependent on big companies like Google.

Samsung was not the original creator of Tizen. The operating system was actually developed from various Linux manufacturers and they eventually collaborated with Samsung to bring them their new operating system. Tizen is open-source, which means that it is software that can be modified and redistributed without having to pay royalties to the original creators. Samsung has even brought the Tizen operating system to their new line of Smartphones released in February. They have high expectations about how consumers will respond to their Smartphones with Tizen on them. The only hurdle Samsung will have is the future competition of NTT DoCoMo, which is a Japanese phone carrier that is planning to release their own Tizen phone towards the end of March. When that happens it will create serious competition for Samsung, which is why they are trying to release more computerized devices on Tizen now.

The Samsung Smartwatch with Tizen is a great example since all the other Smartwatches previously on the market were running Android. Consumers constantly want to see new innovations in their products. Samsung is smart in trying to become different by separating themselves from an operating system that many other hardware manufacturers are using. The only question will be, what will Samsung do when other hardware companies start using the Tizen operating system in their own devices? After all, it is open-source software and that allows anyone to use it. Samsung will eventually have to develop and create their own unique operating system in order to stay different. But for now, the Tizen operating system is a good start towards Samsung’s OS independence.

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