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Hands on with the Samsung S2 smartwatch

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At a recent IFA Conference that was held in Berlin, Samsung unveiled its new Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. As most people know, Samsung’s line of smartwatches has been a fierce competitor to the Apple Watch. The Gear S2 features a watch face with a round display, which is different than the original Gear watch that had a rectangular display. Consumers get to choose between two versions of the Gear S2; a classic leather banded watch or a sporty looking watch. The leather band of the classic version can be swapped out with the bands of other Samsung watches by using the quick release mechanism built in. You can choose between black, silver or dark gray colors for the Gear S2. But the cosmetic features of the Gear S2 aren’t even the best part about it. The watch will be able to connect to a 3G network, which means it doesn’t have to rely on mobile phones in order to function properly. This also means it can make phone calls and it can utilize the functions of Samsung Pay. The watch has a 1.2 inch display screen with a pixel resolution of 360 x360. The watch itself is 11.4 millimeters thick, which makes it big but not too bulky. Therefore it should be comfortable on your wrist. 

The Gear S2 runs on an open source operating system called Tizen. Samsung helped develop this operating system in order to separate itself from the Android operating system. After all, it would cut into their profits if they had to pay Google for the use of their operating system in each watch that they sold. By Samsung using their own operating system, it will save them more money in the long run. It will also give consumers a unique user experience when they operate the watch. Instead of being forced to scroll the screen with your finger, you can also rotate the bezel around to navigate through the watch. The bezel moves around the watch face very easily, but there is still a little resistance. However, if you still prefer to swipe the watch face to navigate then you little resistance. However, if you still prefer to swipe the watch face to navigate then you can always exercise that option as well. 

With so many options and over 1,000 apps to choose from, it is looking like the Gear S2 will be a big seller when it comes out next month. The preorders for the watch have already sold out. These were priced at €349 in the United Kingdom, so Samsung seems to be dominating the smartwatch market right now.

Qualcomm Hexagon 680 promises improved location, better photos, and more battery life

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Qualcomm has developed a new digital signal processor chip called Hexagon 680. This is a mobile chip that is supposed to help prolong the battery life in your mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The chip will also give you better location data, even if you are in a location without a powerful navigational signal. Plus, if you take pictures with the mobile device then it will give you a nicer blend of bright and dark imagery. New smartphones that offer camera improvements are usually big sellers. We have already seen that plenty of times with Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy phones. Therefore, it is very likely that Qualcomm’s new Hexagon 680 chip will be in many mobile devices in the years to come.

The Hexagon Vector eXtensions is what gives the Hexagon 680 all of its power. This added hardware is what helps the chip produce advance imagery when used in conjunction with the Qualcomm Spectra camera image sensor. When it is used with the Snapdragon 820 processor, the CPU will be able to perform three times faster while using only 10% of its normal power. Many smartphone manufacturers have been looking for ways to cut down the power consumption of their smartphones. The one thing that consumers always complain about with their mobile devices is the fact the battery runs out too fast. We live in the age where people want the most convenience possible. In terms of batteries, this means consumers want the batteries to charge their mobile devices for longer periods of time. The smartphone that can do this the best will win over consumers. But the secret lies in the CPU of the mobile device, which is why Qualcomm is constantly working on a way to perfect this. That way they can gain more partnerships with smartphone companies that would be willing to put Qualcomm’s chips into their devices.

Qualcomm is looking to make a comeback in the chip technology market. Rumors suggest they have already lost their partnership with Samsung, which is a major mobile technology maker. Qualcomm simply cannot afford to lose any more major partnerships or else it could be the end of their operations. But for now, things are looking very good with the news about their Hexagon 680 chip. As long as another chip company doesn’t come along and create something similar. Qualcomm’s chips should be around for years to come.

An Early Version Of Samsung’s Next Galaxy Phone Might Have Just Leaked

Samsung's Next Galaxy LeakedSamsung’s Galaxy phones have become very popular and have created a growing fan base for the company. That is why fans are getting excited about the new leaked picture of the Samsung Galaxy S6. This was a prototype developed completely by scratch. The outside shape of the phone resembles the roundness found in the previous Galaxy S5, and even in the Galaxy S4. However, the back of the panel looks a little different from what can be seen of it in the leaked picture. The material of the panel is tough to identify, but it doesn’t appear to be the same kind of glossy plastic that was on the Galaxy S5. In fact the material looks much nicer and smoother. As for the edges of the phone, they look to be made out of metal material just like the edges on the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha.

The origin of the leaked photo is anonymous because it was anonymously leaked to the phone news website, Phone Arena. That is why there is some skepticism as to whether the leaked photo is authentic or not. But even if the photo is of the real prototype, that doesn’t mean the final model is going to look just like the one in the photo. All we can do is speculate until Samsung makes an official announcement about the Galaxy S6. This announcement is expected to be made sometime in March, which is only one month away. The unveiling will be held at the Mobile World Congress, which is the place where Samsung normally announces their newest line of products that are scheduled to be released during the first half of the year.

As for the leaked photo, there are so many products from many companies that always have leaked photos of their products. Some of them are genuine while others are fabricated in order to stir up conversation. It is hard to tell what to believe on the internet anymore. But this doesn’t stop people from wanting to believe in what they see in these pictures. This makes the anticipation for the next Samsung gadget even more exciting. That is why Samsung doesn’t publically denounce the leaked pictures because they know it will get people talking about their products. Of course they do not admit this, but it is pretty obvious to a layman person reading all of the conversation about the photos in social media and blog websites.

Now You Can Unlock Your Door Just By Walking Up To It With Your Smartphone

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The day has finally come when you will no longer have to remember to take your house keys with you. Smartphones will soon be able to unlock doors through thin air with something called a “Smart Lock.” A company named “August” is introducing a new smart lock for your standard deadbolt door. Eventually, they plan to introduce these smart locks into more objects such as garage doors, security systems and even lights. Imagine being able to unlock your front door after you forget your keys somewhere. This will be possible because the smart lock is connected to the internet and runs on Bluetooth technology. So all you have to do is activate the smart lock app on your phone and then you can control your personal smart lock wherever it has been installed. Then you won’t have to pay for an expensive locksmith to open up your door.

Most houses do not have any smart technology connected with them. However, if you have a standard deadbolt on your door then you can easily convert it into a smart lock. You won’t even need to be a trained locksmith either. All you have to do is take a screwdriver and take off the little knob that controls the deadbolt lock. Then you just screw in a mounting plate and then the August smart lock snaps right onto the plate. It is fairly simple, but it will come with instructions just in case you don’t understand how to do it. The door knob itself will remain the same and even contain the same keyhole, so that way you can still use your manual key. The only downside is the smart lock runs on two AA batteries, but fortunately the August app will let you know when the battery power is low on the lock. That way you don’t get locked out of your house because you don’t have two fresh AA batteries to spare.

It is estimated that about 2 million people a year get locked out of their homes. But you can bet that none of these people ever forgot their smartphones. People use their phones when they drive, walk, talk and eat. So it is more likely that people will remember their smartphones than their keys, no matter where they go. These smart locks will eventually be sold on homesecuritypacks.com, which is a site that specializes in electronic security devices such as alarm systems, security systems, control keypads, scanners, detectors and more. Look for the smart locks there later in the year.

Microsoft’s new Lumias: A more affordable PureView device & a cheap selfie phone

 

Recently, Microsoft had introduced their new Lumia 735 and 830 smartphones at an IFA convention hosted in Berlin. This just happened to be the week before Apple made an announcement about their newest iPhone gadget. Microsoft did not seem bothered about the timing, and were more than happy to show off their devices. Since the European market has been warming up nicely to Microsoft’s smartphones, the company is interested in keeping its presence in this marketplace.

 

2 microsoft new lumias 735 vs 830Lumia 830 is not very impressive when it comes to its hardware. It is actually worse than the Lumia 930 that was announced back in April. The Lumia 830 has a slower computer processor and only contains a 10 MP camera sensor. But the reason why the 830 is still appealing has to do with its size. It only has a 5 inch screen, and is the lightest and thinnest of all the Lumia models to date. This means it can easily fit inside your pocket without having to stuff it in there. Many Smartphone users don’t mind paying for convenience, but the new Lumia 830 will cost roughly $430. That’s just a few hundred dollars less than the new iPhone. On the upside, Lumia 830 has a PureView camera that may be an incentive for people to pay a little extra and buy the device. 

The new Nokia Lumia 735 LTE 4G is not as advanced as the Lumia 830, but it has been made specifically for people who like to take selfies. It contains a 5 MP wideangle camera that faces front, which makes it simple to snap quick pictures of yourself. The Lumia 735 also includes the new Selfie app, which makes selfies even easier to take. With the 735 costing about $290, it is certainly a more affordable option than the 830. However, the features are what will really determine which one sells more. The phenomenon of selfies has certainly hit the world hard. But do people really care enough about taking selfies to spend almost $300 on a camera for it? The 830 has twice as many megapixels, contains PureView and more conveniently fits in your pocket. For some people, this would be an incentive to pay an extra $130 for a better quality Lumia model. By the time Christmas comes around, we shall see if the phone with better features outsells the phone that is more affordable.

Nokia Camera beta app now available for all Lumia Windows Phone 8

The Nokia Camera app, initially a Pure View-exclusive app that combined the features of the popular Pro Camera and Smart Camera apps, will now be available for all Lumia phones that run Windows Phone in beta.

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Nokia announced the availability of the Nokia Camera beta app on its Beta Labs Blog and notes that the app would bring the features of the Nokia Camera app to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.

The new update brings Nokia Camera beta app compatibility to Nokia Lumia 520, 521, 620, 625, 720, 810, 820, and 822.

The Nokia Beta Labs blog notes, “In this beta trial you will get frequent updates with the latest features and improvements, but there could be bugs. This trial is aiming to collect feedback on overall usability on all Lumia phones and to verify the latest fixes and improvements we do.”

According to the Finnish handset maker, the Nokia Camera beta will bring the latest bug fixes, improvements, and functionality to all Lumia devices. The company notes that the Nokia Camera Beta can be used in parallel with the Nokia Camera app which is already available in the Windows Phone Store for PureView-branded Lumia smartphones that include Nokia Lumia 920, 925, 928 and 1020.

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Notably, the Nokia Camera beta is provided as a standalone app for Lumia Windows Phone devices that run the Lumia Amber or Lumia Black software updates.  Nokia Camera is a really good camera app and one of the most impressive feature of this app is the UI which has a dial kind of mechanism where you can adjust all the settings easily.

Announced at Nokia World 2013, the app serves up faster access to sport or night mode, as well as a full manual mode for more precise control over shutter speed, ISO, white balance and more. It also includes Nokia’s Smart camera mode which basically allows users to take a sequence of photos that can be altered afterwards to emphasize (or remove) things like movement, or select the best snap.

This beta version will be the guinea pig for future updates to the experience, so it’s worth downloading on all hardware if you want to remain ahead of the game – perfect for those who enjoy testing new functionality and providing feedback.

Nokia Beta Labs does point out that even people with ‘PureView’ phones (i.e. 920, 925, 928, 1020, 1520) can also install this, alongside their existing applications, if they want to play with the very latest tweaks – but don’t get too excited. It’s a beta after all, so you may not want to trust it with your precious photo and video moments, plus the really big improvements won’t come until Nokia Black arrives.

Motorola slashes the price of Moto X to $99 on contract

Motorola decided to drop the price of recently released Moto X phone to just $99 with contract in hopes to attract more sales in upcoming Christmas season.

Moto X phone at Motomaker for $99

Moto X phone at Motomaker for $99

Google’s Motorola Moto X phone was launched at the end of summer. The decently specced mid-range phone stood above the crowd with always listening capabilities and some other unique features. Sales were not as expected due to higher price tag and AT&T being the exclusive provider. Motorola therefore decided to decreased the price tag of this highly customisable phone to just $99 on contract with all major carriers.


Motorola will soon unveil its true mid-range Moto G phone to boost up Christmas sale as well. The Moto G is likely to sell for $199 without, or $0 with two year contract. The official launch of Motorola Moto G phone is tomorrow November 13th in San Paolo, Brazil.

For the more demanding crowd Google has Nexus 5 flagship phone, which competes with the cream of the crop of smartphones. Here is an interesting video comparison of Nexus 5 to a (now) very reasonably priced Moto X phone by PocketLint. The LG made Nexus 5 is sold at Google Play and all major carriers starting price of $349 for the 16GB model.

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Motorola Moto G launching tomorrow

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Motorola Moto G smartphone

Google has released their Moto X phone in August. The touch-less and always listening smartphone is not a tier-one kind, but it does have solid hardware, 24 hour battery, android 4.3 software with nice camera app and few unique tricks and awesome customisation options that set this phone apart. Unfortunately, the price tag of $199 on two year contract was a bit steep and complaints started rolling in. Google listened and it now responds with more affordable Motorola phone to compliment the Moto X. The Moto X should be available now at discounted ‘$99 on contract’ price to attract Holiday shoppers.

Motorola Moto G is a mid-range phone and GSMArena already has the Moto G specs posted. The 4.5 inch AMOLED display packs 1280 x 720 pixels (329ppi). There are two cameras on Moto G phone. The front video chat camera is of 1.3 megapixels while the rear 5 megapixel camera shoots decent 2592 х 1944 pixel pictures. The back camera also has touch-focus, face-detection and Geo-tagging. Keeping things going is a 1,950 mAh battery.

Running things is a capable 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1 GB of RAM. The base model starts with just 8GB and there is no microSD card expansion, so either opt in a larger storage model (16GB) or utilise Google Drive Cloud storage. Moto G connects to the internet via WiFi 802.11 b,g,n. It also supports Bluetooth 4.0.

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Moto G on Amazon UK website (click)

Moto G phone runs Android 4.3 software, but Amazon says in the product page that the software update to Android 4.4 KitKat is guaranteed.

Moto G launch

Motorola Moto G launch

Google’s Motorola will launch their new Moto G smartphone in Brazil tomorrow November 13th. The Motorola Moto G phone is first coming to UK the day after launch. It could have something to do with the fact that Moto X never made it to UK. The starting price of Moto G phone in UK will be 135 GBP, or $215 USD outright. In US Moto G is likely to cost $199, or $0 on a two year contract. Motorola offers exchangeable colour backs.

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