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29
Oct
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Oppo N3’s motorized swivel camera takes selfies to the next level


If you thought Oppo was done with making eccentric selfie phones, you’re wrong; the Chinese company is back with a new model dubbed the N3 to replace the N1 from last September. The iconic swivel camera at the top is here to stay, but this time we have a 16-megapixel f/2.2 module and it’s motorised! It’s actually much cooler than it sounds: You can quickly flip the camera with a flick gesture on the screen or on the fingerprint sensor on the back — more on that later. In addition to that, the N3 comes with a new O-Click Bluetooth remote that not only acts as a remote trigger, but it also lets you adjust the camera’s angle using the extra buttons.

One other benefit that the motorized swivel camera offers is that the new camera app in Oppo’s Color OS 2.0 (based on Android 4.4) lets you install an Auto Panorama plug-in which, as you can guess, automatically takes a panorama shot while you hold the phone still. Other plug-ins include “HD Picture” (to create super detailed 64-megapixel images), “Slow Shutter,” “Beautify,” “Professional,” “Super Macro” and more.

There’s another new feature placed on the back: The old mini trackpad was apparently not that popular (we weren’t impressed, either), so it’s now replaced by a fingerprint reader — not the annoying swiping type, but the tapping type like Apple’s Touch ID button and the one on the Huawei Mate 7. Once you’ve registered your fingers, you can unlock your N3 by just clicking on the fingerprint reader — naturally with either of your index fingers given the location of the reader.

Spec-wise, the N3 has all the typical numbers you get on a modern flagship smartphone: We’re looking at a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a nice 5.5-inch full HD LCD (the N1 had a 5.9-inch one), NFC and a 3,000 mAh fixed battery. Speaking of which, the N3 does VOOC rapid charging with a smaller charger, meaning you can go from zero to 75 percent in just half an hour. It’s also worth pointing out that the N3 is a dual-SIM LTE phone; it takes a Micro SIM and a Nano SIM. But if you want to add a microSD memory card, you’ll have to give up your Nano SIM slot.

As with the recent Oppo devices, you still get a solid build quality on the N3. Compared to its successor, the N3 has a similar feel thanks to the aluminum alloy frame and smooth plastic coating, but it’s certainly lighter — 192g instead of 213g — and easier to hold due to the smaller screen. Like the Find 7 series, the N3 has a nice glowing “Skyline” light at the bottom for indicating notifications and charging status, except it’s placed underneath a metallic arc which is part of the phone’s aluminium frame. It looks good, but the trade-off is that it may trap some dust.

In summary, Oppo’s made a nice improvement on its N series. It may not be the best-looking smartphone, but the motorized swivel camera and the convenient fingerprint reader should be unique enough to win some people over. If you’re one of them, the N3 will be available for $649 off contract this December, though there’s no word on whether it’ll be offered by carriers with a subsidized price.

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29
Oct
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AT&T will carry LG’s G Watch R in stores


LG G Watch R, aka the Gwatcher

LG may still be coy about when you can strap a US version of the G Watch R on your wrist, but you’ll at least know where you can get it. AT&T has confirmed that will be “among the first” carriers to sell LG’s nicer Android Wear timepiece in stores. It’s not discussing the details, although it’s safe to presume that you’ll be paying more than the $229 you’d shell out for a regular G Watch. You probably won’t have to wait long, either — LG already said the G Watch R would ship in the fourth quarter of the year, so don’t be surprised if you’re picking up this smartwatch in a matter of weeks.

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Via: SlashGear

Source: AT&T (1), (2)

29
Oct
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YouTube wants Android apps to use its live-streaming tool


It may seem as if YouTube Live is still a work in progress for Google, and in many ways that continues to be the case. That’s far from being a bad thing, though. Over the course of the past couple of years, YouTube’s live-streaming feature has become available to an increasing number of people on both ends of the camera, by way of different devices and platforms. Soon, with a new open-source project called YouTube WatchMe for Android, the video service is hoping that developers will start integrating its real-time broadcasting capabilities to their apps. Google says the tool is only an experiment right now, but it wouldn’t surprise us to see it become more than that in the not-so-distant future. If you’re interested in digging a little deeper, or contributing your wisdom to the project, be sure to take a gander at the GitHub repository right here.

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Via: TechCrunch

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28
Oct
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Google Fit app launches in the Play store


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Today, Google officially released the Google Fit app which turns your Android device into a fitness tracker.

According the the Android Official Blog,

Google Fit uses sensors already built in to your Android phone to automatically detect walking, biking and running. And you can set and monitor your fitness goals based on your activity levels. It’s a great tool to discover how active you are and check in on your progress as you work on your fitness goals. In fact, you can check in just about anywhere, including your phone, the web, tablet and Android Wear devices.

 

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Download the app, link it to your Google account, and BOOM; instant fitness tracker with real-time monitoring. You can then use any device, including the web, to look at your fitness data.

Google Fit also links up to your other fitness apps/devices. So, you can wear your fitness band while working out and your Android Wear smartwatch the rest of the time, and still have all your fitness data in one place.

What do you think? Are you ready for Google to own another set of your personal data?

via [TNW]

Source [Android Official Blog]


 
 

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28
Oct
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Justin Power Products Review


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While we like to get external battery packs for our everyday charging needs, often we try to find a particular kind of battery pack, or size, or shape, or function, and we end up landing with an ugly brick-shaped battery that does not fit well in your pocket or purse. Justin Power Products by innovative technology looks to solve this issue by making a variety of different external battery packs to provide for your needs. Here I will be reviewing three of them, the Ultra Slim Power Bank, the Power Bank with Built-In Stand, and the Round Power Stick.

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Justin Power Bank with built-in stand

Power Bank with Built-In Stand

This external battery has a dock built-in, allowing you to stand  up your device while it’s charging so you can watch movies, YouTube videos, or whatever. It has a 6,000 mAh battery, which should charge the average smartphone about twice.

I don’t really use docks (except in my car), but it occurred to me that I could use this one at my new desk job. However, I have outlets at my job, so I had to somewhat force myself to use the battery. This is just personal preference, in saying that I don’t find use for this particular product. However, I could see use for this if you have kids who use your device all the time, putting it down somewhere to charge while they watch a movie.

Nevertheless, the actual battery is great. In a week, it lasted more than 4 days, with each day charging from 40% to 80%. The charge held well, with the level staying the same from one day to the next. Considering it houses a stand and a 6,000 mAh battery, it is not a bad size. However, I would not carry this around in my pocket as it is too bulky, but I don’t think that is what this was designed for. For keeping it on your desk or on a table, it is just the right size.

The page for this product does not claim too much, so the advertised value for this battery is solid. It has a stand that works well and keeps the device pretty sturdy from button presses while standing. The 4 LEDs that indicate the level of the battery work, and actually blink in a neat way while charging (similar to the turn signal on a new Mustang, blinking from left-to-right). The 2.1 A port allows your device to charge quickly without frying it, which is nice. On each product page there this PDF which indicates how much charge a particular battery size should charge your device. While I have a Moto X (2013) (a 2,200 mAh battery) and not a Galaxy S4 (a 2,600 mAh battery), I don’t find the chart far from the truth, if a bit overzealous (but what company isn’t about their product?).

Overall, I had an enjoyable experience with this product. If you find you’re in situations where you need a portable stand with a battery to charge your device, then for $39.99 this is a great option. I give this 4.35 stars.

Here’s a link where you can purchase this online, otherwise Justin Power products are sold at many retailers, here is the page where they’re sold.

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Justin round power stick

Round Power Stick

The lip-stick shaped external battery is a popular form, as it allows a hold of a decent battery size and can fit in a pocket or purse easily. While this battery works well, I find it boring compared to the many options Justin Power provides, and compared to the other two devices reviewed here. This form factor has been done many times before. Nevertheless, it works well.

With a 2,200 mAh battery, this charged my Moto X (2013) about 43%. Of the three, this was the least impressive to me when it comes to its capacity:charge amount ratio. However, it holds its charge well, able to keep its charge for the few days I tested it. The size is great as I mentioned before. The advertised value is alright: it is small and lightweight, the aluminum finish is nice and you have several color choices. However, they not only say that this can charge your device from completely drained to full, but on their PDF describing charge percentages compared to mAh sizes, It does not seem to hold up to normal standards as it should be able to charge the Galaxy S4 60%, and it couldn’t do this for my Moto X, which has a smaller battery.

If you’re looking for a small and lightweight battery that will hold its charge and feels sturdy, then this is good option. At $19.99, and with a not great capacity:charge amount ratio, I don’t find this particular product to be of great value. I give this 3.3 stars, but mostly because of its size and charge hold.

If you’re interested, here’s a link of where to buy this online.

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Justin ultra slim power bank

Ultra Slim Power Bank

This is easily my favorite of the three products. Maybe because it’s so cool, and looks so good, and is just a great all around value, I’m not sure. What I know is when I opened the Ultra Slim Power Bank, I fell in love. Even my wife who is largely uninterested in my articles and reviews asked if she could use it.

The only thing I don’t like about this product is its battery capacity, as 2,000 mAh, but that’s because it’s so thin. I’m frankly amazed, of how it all fit in it. The battery is about the size of 4 credit cards, and comes with a neat leather pouch with a pocket meant for an I.D., credit card, etc. essentially acting like your wallet. This is a cool spin on the external battery pack. It has 4 LEDs that light up in the same way that the Power Bank with Built-In Stand does, and all the edges have a blue plastic so the whole things glows really cool when you’re using it or charging it. It comes with a tiny 2 inch cord so that you can easily fit the battery and cord in your pocket without hassle. It’s got a metal casing, making it feel very premium.

As for the actual battery, it does fairly well. It charged my phone 51% (better than the one above… see my point?) which isn’t the best, but pretty good considering the size. It held a charge very well over the several days I used it, where I was able to charge my phone, stop and use it again the next day and it do well. The size as I mentioned is great, so it fits easily in a pocket. The advertised value is good, as they don’t really claim much with this device other than the size. The only real issue I came across is while charging your device it can become quite warm, and without the case even hot. Not a huge deal as it cools quickly and I only charged it outside of my pocket, but just a word of caution.

The other problem with this device is its price: $39.99, the same as the Power Bank with Built-In Stand. It’s probably because of the work that goes into making it that small, and the metal casing and leather case. But even $10 cheaper would make this a better value in my opinion. And due to this, it brings my rating down to 4.35 stars. If it was cheaper I’d probably have given it more like 4.75 stars. However, if you’re willing to spend that money I highly recommend this particular battery. The size, the finish, the wallet case. I guarantee when you open this, you’ll know it was worth it.

Here’s a link of where to buy this online.

Conclusion

Overall, Justin Power Products seem to be a different experience with each product. The Power Bank with Built-In Stand and Ultra Slim Power Bank are the best here, and the Ultra Slim would be even better if it was cheaper. The Round Power Stick is average, and that is mostly because of its size. One thing is for sure, all of these hold their charge very well, something Justin Power gets right across the board.


 
 

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28
Oct
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Google Fit for Android is ready to compile all of your fitness stats


We first heard about Mountain View’s activity-tracking plans back at I/O, and now the Android faithful and get their hands on the goods. The Google Fit app, the company’s answer to Apple Health, is now available for download, compiling all of those collected fitness stats in the same spot. By leveraging your phone’s sensors, the software monitors walking, running and cycling activity, allowing you to set specific goals and benefit from some friendly advice. Fit also plays nice with third-party apps and devices — and of course, Android Wear gadgets — so that you can get an overall view of your progress from one place. Strava, Withings, Runtastic, Runkeeper and Noom Coach were specifically mentioned in the announcement. What’s more, the initiative can be accessed on the web should the need arise (once you’ve logged in on your phone). Looking to get moving? You’ll need a handset running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or above, but if you meet the requirement, the app is available for download at Google Play.

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Via: The Next Web

Source: Google Play, Android Official Blog

28
Oct
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Google details the ways Android Lollipop protects your phone’s data


Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop isn’t just about a shiny new interface or whiz-bang features; there are some new ways to safeguard your phone’s data, too. To underscore that point, Google has detailed Lollipop’s toughened-up security features. Some of them you may know if you’ve followed development closely. Smart Lock lets you unlock your device using a paired Bluetooth- or NFC-equipped gadget, such as an Android Wear watch. Tougher SELinux enforcement, meanwhile, should reduce the chances that a rogue app compromises the entire system. And as much as the FBI may hate it, full device encryption is both on by default (for new devices) and tied to hardware security — both law enforcement and thieves should have a much harder time spying on your locally stored content. It’s probably going to be a while before these new defenses reach your phone, and you’ll still want to be cautious when sharing things online. Nonetheless, it sounds like you won’t have to worry quite so much about data breaches in the near future.

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Source: Official Android Blog

28
Oct

Watch this App: Minimal & Elegant



You not only get the ability with this app with change the colors of this sleek, minimal watch face, but you get to schedule when they change as well! You can set multiple times throughout the day when your smartwatch will change colors, which is very personable. Custom text is available to you that you… Read more »

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28
Oct
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Tidal brings pristine streaming music to nearly every device you own


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You can already check out Deezer Elite if you want high-quality streaming music, but it’s only available on Sonos devices. That’s not very useful when you’re away from home, is it? Thankfully, Aspiro has stepped in to fill that void with a far more accessible service, Tidal. The offering brings lossless internet tunes to Android, iOS, the web and seemingly every networked media player on the planet; the company has deals to support gear from 34 home audio companies, including Sonos and Denon. Tidal also has a few incentives to come back besides new albums, including articles, music videos and a Shazam-style song recognition feature. You can give Tidal a spin today, but be prepared to cough up some cash for that no-compromise sound. It costs $20 per month in the US (£20 in the UK), or about twice as much as many run-of-the-mill services.

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28
Oct
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Root Nexus 5 Running Android 5.0 Lollipop With SuperSU


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The Nexus 5 running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software can now be rooted using a SuperSU package, formed from the Android 5.0 SDK with a build number of LPX13D.

This is great news for Nexus 5 owners concerned with keeping their root access when the Android 5.0 Lollipop update lands on their devices from the official OTA in November.

Using ChainFire’s SuperSU with the CF-Root tool gives you root access on the Nexus 5, and to do so yourself follow the steps below.

Root the Nexus 5 On Android 5.0 Lollipop

  1. Download the SuperSU root file here.
  2. Download the adapted hammerhead boot image here.
    – extract the contents.
  3. Note: You must have Android SDK already pre-installed before starting.
  4. Use the extracted file from the boot image folder and copy it over to the same folder that the SDK is sitting.
  5. Connect the nexus 5 to the computer with the USB wire.
  6. Have the SDK folder open and right click the mouse and hold the ‘Shift” key on the keyboard.
    – now you have the command line open and ready for us to type some commands.
  7. Type the first command: “adb reboot bootloader”.
    – you are running in bootloader mode.
  8. Type the second command: “fastboot flash boot boot.img”.
  9. This command takes some time as it is flashing the file. Do not touch any keys until it finishes.
  10. Select the recovery option from bootloader mode.
  11. Choose the “install” option from the main menu.
  12. Locate the root file from earlier and upload the file to the Nexus.
    – confirm the process and do not touch any keys until it finishes flashing once more.
  13. Go back to the main screen of recovery and select “reboot System Now”.
  14. The initial boot process can take minutes longer for the first time.

Enjoy your rooted Nexus 5 with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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