There’s a very important step between taking a photo and sharing it on your network of choice, and it can easily become the most enjoyable part of the mobile photography experience.
Smartphone cameras can do some incredible things nowadays, with new and even more amazing features being announced all the time. While it’s important to have the tools to take a good photo, being able to edit that image afterwards can often be just as important. Whether you’ve got a breathtaking panorama of a city skyline or you’re putting googley eye stickers on the photo of that guy who fell asleep during the team meeting, having a photo editor on your phone is a big deal. Having the right photo editor on your phone is an even bigger deal, and that’s what we’re talking about today.
While there’s plenty to be said for apps that are all inclusive, we’re focusing on the best standalone photo editors for Android, regardless of what kind of camera you have and what skill level you think you are at.
Samsung has flooded the Smartwatch market with a number of smartwatches. The Android Wear packing Gear Live, the Tizen powered Gear S, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Galaxy Gear and its smart-fitness band Gear Fit (though technically not a smartwatch) brings Samsung’s count for wearables up to six, but hey who’s counting? While we expected Samsung to unveil a new smartwatch along side the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, to our surprise Samsung did not and the company confirmed a change in philosophy.
According to Samsung’s Executive Vice President of Mobile Marketing, Young-hee Lee, the company wanted to break its tradition of simultaneous smartphone and smartwatch releases and hold back on releasing another smartwatch.
Lee said, “We’ve been introducing more devices than anybody else. It’s time for us to pause. We want a more perfect product.”
According to new details, a new round smartwatch with rotating bezel ring (that serves as the navigation tool for the watch) will sport device object and image recognition (above). Not only that but it will also support a barcode register for products that can be purchased through Samsung Pay and gesture controls. It will be able to be used as a remote for your TV, serve as a key to open or remote start your vehicle and determine health information. Chances are, the smartwatch will also sport a camera as well.
The device will also take advantage of wireless charging as well. From the information at hand, it looks like the watch will have a fall announcement. We’re not sure if Samsung will feature Tizen or Android Wear with its new watch but we’ll let you know when we find out.
Come comment on this article: New details for Samsung’s new round smartwatch surface
It’s been a fun week in the world of Android. Google finally dropped Android 5.1 and we were happy to see it’s more than just bug fixes. New features may also be coming soon to Android Wear. We heard more interesting tidbits about Samsung’s hot new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, including talk about an Active version featuring a massive battery. More rumors about LG’s and HTC’s next hero devices emerged. Google reorganized its device store and released a cheaper and nicer Chromebook Pixel. Cyanogen revealed some details about its upcoming plans. And finally Google issued nice updates to several of its apps.
Inside AA HQ
We’re back with a new installment of Android Authority this week after a two week hiatus for MWC. The show itself has been a blast, but we all had even more fun on the sidelines, just catching up with each other, meeting new people, and getting to hang out with fellow bloggers and journalists from the Android community. Check out a short gallery from the show here: it’s just a taste of an experience that we try to share with you at every show.
Moving on, we’re looking forward to reviewing the undisputed stars of MWC – the HTC One M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. All three devices are on their way and our reviews will be going up as soon as embargos let us. We’re really stoked to put these beasts through their paces, and we know you are stoked to learning everything about them, so stay tuned!
As always, keep an eye on our Sunday Giveaway page for a chance to win a hot new device!
The Friday Debate Podcast
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
Here are some interesting posts for your Sunday reading:
- Comparison: How does the new Galaxy S6 compare to Note 4? We take a look
- Comparison: We pitch the top two curved devices against each other: Galaxy S6 Edge vs G Flex 2
- Feature focus: Here’s what you can do with the interesting sloped screen of the S6 Edge
- Opinion: Apple Watch details are here: how does it stack up against Android Wear?
- Overview: Matt takes a look at the position and outlook of the biggest players in the mobile industry
- Review: Lanh takes the Mi Note for a spin. These are his conclusions
Top news of the week
And here are the top news in the Android world this week:
Android 5.1 is here
- Google officially unveils Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Here’s the full Android 5.1 changelog
- Android 5.1 brings back silent mode, sort of
- Android 5.1 Lollipop – Here’s what’s new
- (Update: Nexus 5, 6, 7, 10) Android 5.1 OTA update links begin to surface
- Android 5.1 said to be rolling out to Nexus 6 today
- Android 5.1 Lollipop SDK is now available with support for devices with dual-SIM cards
- Android Lollipop 5.1 factory images are now ready for download
Galaxy S6 bits and pieces
- Video: Samsung talks us through the Galaxy S6’s hardware
- Samsung is already ramping up Galaxy S6 production – report
- Samsung Galaxy S6 boasts the best display in the business
- Samsung reportedly has 20 million pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
- That curved glass on the S6 Edge? It takes time and money
Galaxy S6 Active
LG G4 and G Note shaping up
- “Early” press render hints at curvy LG G4
- More alleged LG G4 renders show front and sides… and an outdated logo
- Look out Samsung, LG may have a Note of its own
Android Wear is getting smarter
New Chromebook Pixel hits the Google Store
- Chromebook Pixel (2015) arrives, USB-C ports in tow — starting at $999
- Google goes all-in with USB Type-C
- Play Store shake up: devices section renamed to Google Store, Nexus 5 is gone
One E9 breaks cover
Google app updates
- Chrome v41 adds pull-to-refresh functionality, Beta v42 brings ‘site notifications’
- Street Art, Google’s first Android Wear watch face, is now live in the Play Store
- Google VPN service spotted hidden within Android 5.1
- YouTube now supports 360-degree video on desktop and mobile
- Latest Waze update helps estimate how long you’ll be stuck in traffic
- Google Messenger version 1.2 update adds GIF support
- New Google reference app helps developers build multi-screen apps
- Lollipop-based Cyanogen 12 OTA for OnePlus One/Yureka now coming “in a few weeks”
- Cyanogen OS 12 will ship with Boxer as default email app
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Our weekly app picks
It’s Appday Sunday and that means we’re back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.
Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!
As well as bundling their virtual assistant Cortana into Windows 10, the latest report is that it will also be offered as a standalone app for iOS and Android.
Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research, said:
“This kind of technology, which can read and understand email, will play a central role in the next roll out of Cortana, which we are working on now for the fall time frame”.
He did however decline to comment on any plans to take Cortana outside of the Window environment, but Reuters claim that this is exactly Microsoft’s roadmap.
What Microsoft seem to be doing, and this can be seen with their Office products, is capitalise on their software and make it universal across platforms – much how Windows started; it didn’t matter what hardware you were running, Windows worked on top of it. With Windows Phone taking a solid third in the smartphone market and no sign of them competing for second place, Microsoft can change their strategy to make these numbers work in their favour.
So it makes perfect sense for Cortana to come to Android, but the question remains – will anyone use it?
Visceral Games (Dead Space, Dante’s Inferno) seek to put their mark on a beloved franchise with Battlefield: Hardline. Dropping the large-scale destruction and military themes of previous games, Battlefield: Hardline segues into high octane urban battles between cops and robbers.
Thanks to EA Access’ Xbox One exclusive trial period, we’ve been able to go hands on with Battlefield’s latest installment and all signs thus far seem positive.
Even a company like Chaotic Moon, that has made headlines here for its odd, genre defying creations has to bow to the lure of trends every so often. Fitcoin (not to be confused with the several other apps of the same name) hops on the wearble and bitcoin bandwagon. It starts with any activity tracker that meets two requirements: an open API and an integrated heart rate monitor. For demonstration purposes the company chose a Mio. Then there’s an app that measures the activity tracked and converts it into an appropriate amount of bitcoin — in essence paying you to work out. Or, as the tag line puts it: Get ripped. Die mining.
The app, with its stark white and black animations is pretty aggressive. And so is the promo video above. But underneath all that raging testosterone is a sophisticated piece of software that uses an algorithm that mines slivers of bitcoin based on the intensity and duration of your activity. So, even if you don’t have time to run a marathon, you can bump up your earning power by plowing through some high-intensity interval runs.
The idea of earning money or even bitcoin for working out isn’t exactly new. But even for a proof of concept the Chaotic Moon take on it seems pretty polished. Of course, chances that this is going to become a shipping product are pretty slim. That’s not really the business this company is in. They just like to make cool shit.
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Angry Birds Stella POP! is a new match three game by Rovio that brings along your favorite Angry Birds characters. You’ll have to pop bubbles to get to the evil pigs and free different forest creatures. If you’ve ever played games like Bubble Witch Saga, you already know what you’re doing!
If you’re just getting started, these are our top tips, hints, and cheats to mastering Angry Birds Stella POP!
1. Aim high, like really high
Larger combos give you lots more points, so look for moves as high up as you can see on the screen. You should always favor higher up moves over ones that are lower to the bottom of the screen.
2. Swap out bubbles for better moves
Tapping on the bubble in the sling lets you swap the color for whatever is coming up next. This costs you nothing and doesn’t hurt your score. You can do it as often as you’d like so take advantage. It’s easy to forget and just focus on the bubble that you’re given, but training yourself to remember is worthwhile.
3. Try to end levels with lots of bubbles
End each level with as many unused bubbles in your slingshot pack as possible. You’ll get bonus points for them and it can easily rack up your star rating.
4. It’s all about the angles
Just like other bubble popping games such as Bubble Witch Saga, you’ll have to get good at calculating angles. Bouncing bubbles off the wall can get you combos that you couldn’t reach otherwise.
5. Wait for combos when you can
Sometimes it’s tempting to take a combo that’s right in front of you, but remember to watch for even bigger combo potential. For example, if you can create a combo in a move or two that will separate a huge chunk of the game board, be patient and work towards that instead.
6. Focus on bubbles, not smashing materials
Wood and other kinds of materials take a few bubble hits in order to break through them. Don’t become fixated on these things. Instead focus on make combos that disconnect sections of the board that contain those materials. You’ll save more bubbles in the long run, in turn increasing your score.
7. Don’t count on what you can’t see
Trying to match bubbles that are half off the screen is never a good idea. It’s a crapshoot and you don’t know what else it’s connected to. You’re better off focusing on what’s in your immediate viewing area.
8. Use rainbow bubbles to obtain streaks
Rainbow bubbles will connect with any color bubble to create a combo. Save them for when you are close to a Stella streak — which requires 6 combos in a row. You can also use rainbow bubbles to finish off a level if you only need one more bubble to create a combo.
9. How to get endless free lives in Stella POP
Just like countless other games, Stella POP allows you to turn time ahead in your Settings app. When you run out of lives, just turn time ahead about 2.5 hours and you’ll have 5 lives again.
Just remember to change it back when you’re done so iMessages don’t freak out on you.
10. Your tips, hints, and cheats for Angry Birds Stella POP!
If you’re working your way through Stella POP, be sure to let us know in the comments if you’ve come across any useful tips or tricks!
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