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Most smartphone and tablet manufacturers have already seen the potential for the demand of feature-packed watches and after Apple, Google and Samsung, LG is the next to join in the race. It recently announced that it will release its smart watch soon and we'll just have to wait and see which company launches a good smart watch first.


No details like specs and the kind of OS that will be used were provided by the Korean Times, which reported the company's announcement. However, LG will purportedly introduce a smart watch that has messaging and call capabilities and will most likely use Android or even quite possibly, the Firefox OS.


It can also be recalled that LG has previously released a smart watch that notifies the user for calls and alerts with the Prada II. However, for some reason, folks were not yet ready to embrace the technology much like they do with smartphones and tablets. With everybody announcing a smart watch announcement, now might be the best time to introduce a smart watch and LG is right on track.


Source: koreatimes


 

 

Samsung has confirmed that they will be releasing a new Smart TV SDK at the CES 2013 next week, that will add support for Mac and Linux operating systems.In addition to Windows, version 4.0 of the Smart TV SDK will allow Smart TV app development on both Linux and Mac OS.

 

The new platform supports USB controllers, keyboards and joysticks, and allow developers to display ads in their TV apps. Samsung has also implemented a payment module, which allows developers to create premium apps.

 

Samsung's developer community has 25,000 registered users from 140 countries, but taken the number of TV apps into consideration most of them are probably inactive.

 

We are not sure what this means Samsung's Google TV plans but Samsung might choose to run the two platforms side-by-side - like Sony is doing today.

 

 


 

Samsung will be revealing many new TVs at this year's CES 2013 event in Las Vegas, including a 110-inch, 95-inch and 85-inch UHD TV that supports a resolution four times higher than full HD and comes with speakers built on the frame to provide good quality sound.

 

In addition, they will also announce the F8000, F7000, F6000, F5000, F4000 series LED TVs. The F8000 is powered by a quad-core CPU that enables improved multitasking and tries to give something known as Ultimate Lean-Back Experience. The TV learns through the viewing habits of the user and suggests options through S-Recommendation.

 

F5000 and F4000 are entry-level models ranging in size from 19-inch to 50-inch. The F7000 series concentrates on the design with a thin 5mm bezel whereas the F6000 provides a decent mid-range experience.

 

Source: Samsung TV

 


 

451Research on consumer smart phone survey shows an explosive wave of momentum is catapulting Samsung to its all-time high in a ChangeWave survey, even as Apple demand remains strong three months after the iPhone 5 release. The December 11-27, 2012 survey took a close-up look at North American smart phone trends, with 88% of the 4,061 respondents residing in the US.

 

The survey indicates that Samsung sales could see strong early gains in 2013, while interest in Apple's iPhone takes a hit. Samsung's Galaxy Note II in particular made a promising showing, meaning consumers are eager to wrap their hands around big screen devices.

 

Samsung posted an 8 percentage point game, bringing anticipated demand from 13 to 21 percent overall, much of a climb is "unprecedented" in their survey history. The Samsung Galaxy S III was the most desirable of Samsung handsets, with 69 percent of overall demand, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was a surprise hit, with 23 percent of all Samsung consumer interest. Overall, consumers reported considerable interest in "phablet" devices, with 27 percent reporting they wanted a screen that's at least 5-inches. The 4 to 4.9-inch category still rules with 52 percent of interest, but clearly, consumers are liking the idea of big screen phones.

 

Source: 451Research

 




This is normally $100, was out of stock for a long time. You can get it now for $49.99.  


50% off coupon: rE168020t or RE157750D or rE155509e (fyi; don't know how long they will allow us to use this coupon.)


The Samsung Galaxy Smart Dock makes it easy to take advantage your phone's high-speed internet connectivity and super-fast processor. Connect an HD monitor, external storage device, and USB keyboard and mouse to turn your smartphone into a productivity powerhouse. Make messaging, editing documents and accessing media files a breeze. Plug in your 3.5mm stereo audio components or speakers and you have the ultimate pocket-sized home theater and computer in one.


"Connect an HD monitor, external storage device, and USB keyboard and mouse to turn your smartphone into a productivity powerhouse. " Basically, turns your phone into a desktop computer. The smart dock has hdmi out, 3x usb ports, audio out and charging. For example, I can use this at work for internet surfing and not have all my activity logged into the company servers.


Samsung Page


Source: SlickDeals

 




According to technobuffalo (see screenshots above), it looks like Samsung might be working on a Smart Watch.   It's unclear when such technology is expected to hit, but internal Samsung chatter is allegedly attempting to figure out how it'll align with its current lineup of Galaxy products. According to a Korean message board, though, the device is most definitely coming.


First of all Samsung doesn't use codenames on their splash screen, like you can see in the second image Samsung Galaxy "Altius". The UI doesn't meet Samsung's UX guidelines and Samsung never uses mirror effect on their branding. 


Many rumors are saying Samsung will unveil its Galaxy S IV on March 15, a little over a month from now. So could a smartwatch be a huge surprise? Guess we will have to wait and find out.


Source: technobuffalo

 



Several screen shots came out of SamMobile that "confirm" Smart Pause and Smart Scroll capabilities for the S IV. However, quite a few are suspicious about the screen shots with the way the items were written. For all we know, it could also be a poster with the S IV display screen used as a background. Some really observant individuals even noticed that some of the items had period (.), while some did not.


With only a week to go before S IV's formal launch, a lot has been coming out about the phone that needs careful judgment to ensure that the information is true. With all the gossip-mongers in the mobile industry, one can have a totally different set of information and believe them to be true-even if they are not.


The Galaxy S IV is indeed built with lots of refreshing and ground-breaking features such as those that allow the device to sense the movement of the user's eyes to Pause and/or Scroll. Really cool, but it will be way cooler if information will come directly from Samsung. Eight days left!



Source: Sammobile




An added functionality for those who love their Galaxy S IV AND their latest Samsung 85-in Ultra HD OLED TV is its built-in remote control capability. Furthermore, aside from the built-in feature, plenty of applications are already in Google Play for use with other phones that also have this feature. The difference with the S IV is that it does not need an application to work with supported televisions.


Samsung first used this technology on the Galaxy Note 8.0, which was called the Samsung Video discovery. With the S 4, it has been optimized for the device and the Korean company even renamed it to ‘WatchOn'. Other non-Galaxy S IV fans may think that all of these "new" features that are found on the just-launched smartphone are spinoffs of originals or have already been introduced by other manufacturers before but Samsung stands by on its conviction that the company developed these from scratch.


 



Smart Switch Mobile lets you switch from your old GALAXY to a new GALAXY with ease. Just lean them against each other then tap on the screens; you can instantly transfer your personal data from your old GALAXY to your new GALAXY.


Use this app if you are transfering from Samsung Galaxy S series(with IceCream Sandwich or JellyBean OS and NFC) to new Galaxy device. If you are looking to switch from a non-Samsung device to a supported Samsung device, please use the "Smart Switch PC and Samsung Smart Switch Migration app". For more information, go to "http://www.samsungsmartswitch.com".


Supported Data :


  • Contact, Schedule, Memo, Message, Photo, Music, Video, Document, Wallpaper
  • ( Wallpaper is available from OS JellyBeanPlus(4.2) )

 

Constraint:


Unsupported field

  • Contact - Ringtone, Message alert, Vibration pattern
  • Schedule - Sticker, S-Memo, Image, Alarm, Group


MMS does not transfer depending on the device
Local account data only (Google & Samsung account data does not transfer )


Supported GALAXY Device :


  • Hardware : Galaxy 2/3/4, Galaxy Note1/2 (NFC, WIFI Direct should be supported)
  • Software : upper Android OS ICS(4.0)


Link: Google Play Store / Samsung Apps

 

 

 



Vodafone has announced the Vodafone Smart III, its latest affordable Android handset for those on a budget.


Following the line of own-brand devices, the new Smart III comes with a 4-inch 800 x 480 pixel resolution display. That might make for a slightly soft rendering of the Android Jelly Bean operating system, but at this price you can hardly complain.


The Smart III features a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a 1 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and all the usual connectivity options.


The Vodafone Smart III only priced at £95 on Pay as you go.


Source: vodafone


 


After having recently unveiled and released their latest mobile operating system updates, new Android and Windows-operated smart phones are expected to be launched during the upcoming year. We have already seen Apple's much rumoured iOS 8-operated iPhone 6 launched in September 2014, and mobile users are now expecting to see the new Android 5.0 Lollipop running on fancier smart phones that are much anticipated in 2015.


When buying a new smart phone you normally have two options; buy the phone on contract or buy the phone outright and get a sim-only contract or pay as you go. There is a third option however, you could buy a mobile phone on finance from a credit catalogue such as Littlewoods, Brighthouse or Argos. You can then pay back the cost of the phone in monthly installments, similar to a phone contract.


Here are 3 of the most popular mobile devices to be released next year.


 

1. Samsung Galaxy S6

 

Samsung's last take on the Galaxy line of smart phones was quite a hit, having decidedly beaten Apple's iPhone 5 in terms of usability, features, and design. We are now expecting Samsung to release the Galaxy S6 during or close to the MWC, which will take place between 2 and 5 March, 2015. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is rumoured to have a slightly flexible body, although the company is expected to stick to the same basic flat screen we've been getting used to for at least one year.

 

Since Google's Android L provides 64-bit support now, the Galaxy S6 is also expected to feature a 64-bit processor, which is going to make the performance of the device sleeker, and mobile users' experience - outstanding.

 

Samsung's Galaxy S6 has also been announced to come with a 20MP camera, which will beat the Galaxy S5's and Note 4's 16MP cameras. Several other features this smart phone will likely be equipped with include a fingerprint scanner, microSD card slot, multi-directional microphones, fast charging, and UV sensor. As for the price, Samsung's upcoming smart phone is expected to cost at least as much as its previous counterpart at launch, selling for £579 upwards during the first few months.


2. Elliptic Labs' Ultrasonic Touch-less Smart phone

 

Elliptic Labs' much anticipated ultrasonic touch-less smart phone is also expected to be released in early 2015. The technology featured in this new line of mobile devices will enable users to open applications and display information without touching the screen, which is undoubtedly going to make their experience more interactive. The smart phone will be capable of registering and responding to "air gestures," as users will be able to simply wave a finger or hand mid-air, and control their smart phones while not making contact with the screen. The company has announced that Elliptic Labs' smart phone is going to feature "Multi Layer Interaction," which will allow the device to display different types of content depending on the distance between the hand and the handset.


3. HTC One M9


We have already admired HTC's One M8 and its greatness, but we are now waiting for its newer counterpart, the M9, to be finally launched at MWC in March 2015. There are many rumours about the upcoming release of HTC's newest model from the One line of smart phones, and many of them include the sapphire crystal screen we have seen in Apple's iPhone 5, as well as a camera with more than 16MP, as compared to One M8's 13MP. The HTC One M9 is also expected to be available in 128GB version just like some Apple iPhones, plus a better build and more attractive design as well.

 

 

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Smart watches have been around for years but they never really gained enough following to sustain the demand for them. However, this year is bound to be different. Almost all popular brands of smart devices have expressed their interest in launching high-tech smart watches and it's only a matter of who goes to launch first this year.


Furthermore, according to a forecast by ABI Research, an estimated 1.2 million units of smart watches will be sold this year and if this were true, then 2013 might be the year that sales for this interesting device will truly increase.


Also, customers who have smart devices tend to buy similar-brand gadgets and manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, LG and Google would like to bank on this theory and sell their very own smart watches. We think it's about time that the smart watch finally gets its accolades and that manufacturers step up their game and create watches that will shame James Bond's gadgets. If there are Google Glasses, why can't there be smart watches?


Press Release:


More Than One Million Smart Watches will be Shipped in 2013


London, United Kingdom - 16 Apr 2013 - Smart Watches have been around for the last decade. The wearable computing device has failed to take off for one reason or another: they looked ugly, were too bulky, had weak functionality, or the battery life was not good enough. However, over the last nine months a number of new smart watches have emerged that could change consumers' perceptions. Market intelligence firm ABI Research projects more than 1.2 million smart watches will be shipped in 2013.


"The strong potential emergence of smart watches can be attributed to several reasons," says senior analyst Joshua Flood. "Contributing factors include the high penetration of smartphones in many world markets, the wide availability and low cost of MEMS sensors, energy efficient connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0, and a flourishing app ecosystem."


The wearable computing device can be split into four categories: notification types, voice operational smart watches, hybrid smart watches, and completely independent smart watches. Notification type devices are the MetaWatch and Cookoo smart watches, for example, offering alerts for incoming calls, messages and other notifications. Voice operational smart watches enable users to conduct calls and speak some commands via the device such as Martian's smart watch.


Standalone smart watches with their own OS are moving beyond a smartphone accessory. With the potential to be purchased as a standalone product without the need for a smartphone, they offer high functionality and can connect to other consumer devices like audio speakers. A good example is the Italian smart watch maker, I'm Watch. Other good possible archetypes for this category could be Apple's hotly anticipated iWatch, Samsung's Galaxy Altius and Microsoft is also reportedly planning to release a new touch-enabled watch for its Windows-based smartphones and tablets. "Smart watches that replicate the functionality of a mobile handset or smartphone are not yet commercially feasible, though the technologies are certainly being prepared," adds Flood.


ABI Research's latest "Market Opportunities for Smart Watches" report analyzes and provides forecasts for the new wrist computing device. Regional device shipments and segmentation splits are also included in the report. It forms part of ABI Research's Mobile Device Technologies Research Service.

 


 

 

 

 

Samsung's Smart Rotate feature, which uses the front-facing camera to see which way your face is pointing and adjusts the screen accordingly.  There's an app in the Google Play Store called "GMD Smart Rotate" can do exactly that.


Here are list of the features of this application


  • - Use front facing camera to evaluate your face position and decide if device screen needs to be rotated.
  • - Automatically keep screen turned on while you are looking at it (Full version only).
  • - Lock rotation in landscape or portrait.
  • - Force rotate applications that does not allow rotation by default.
  • - Set per application rotation preferences (Full version only).
  • - Easy rotation preference access by pressing default Android lock rotation toggle.
  • - Rotation preferences widget and launcher shortcuts.
  • - Integrates with GMD GestureControl and GMD SPen Control using shortcuts.


What's in this version (1.3)


  • - Fixed: camera detection on Galaxy S and other devices.
  • - Added Reverse Portrait and Reverse Landscape shortcuts.




Great news for Evernote users, you should head over to the Play Store and check for updates for your Evernote application. The latest version of the popular note taking app just landed, and it's packing some pretty neat features for both non-premium and premium users.


What's in this version:


  • New: Page Camera mode beautifully digitizes photos of physical documents and pages
  • Evernote for Android now works with the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine
  • Search in attached office documents, spreadsheets and presentations Shortcuts
  • New: Shortcuts let you jump to notes, notebooks and tags that you access frequently


For premium users, a feature has been added that allows you to search through attached documents, spreadsheets and presentations, much easier to find something that you've tagged on to a note.


Google Play Store Links



 



No matter what Android device you have, we all face the same problem, our battery dies. Smart battery saver by Bitdefender promises to helps save your precious batter life.


Download Bitdefender's Smart Battery Saver! It's a 100% FREE Android app that understands your smartphone's usage trends, and adapts your device's settings to maximize battery performance! It features predefined profiles and allows you to create your own custom ones, to squeeze every second of battery life of your device. Also, Bitdefender Smart Battery Saver allows you minimize your Android's battery drain without having to disable the functions you use the most!


Source: Google Play Link

 

 



The NFC Ring will be able to activate any NFC reader, but smartphones will be the easiest to implement. There is already an app in Google Play that lets you unlock a device with NFC, and the NFC Ring would make that super-convenient. If you have an NFC lock on your door, the NFC Ring can be used to open it. Much less common than a phone with NFC, but still neat. The NFC tag is only on one side, so you won't have to worry about it triggering a reader unless you hold your hand in a certain way.


  • Unlock your Smart phone or tablet


Take your NFC enabled phone out of your pocket, slide your hand on the back and the NFC Ring can unlock it. It couldn't be easier. The NFC Ring comes with two special NFC tag inlays inside the ring, one for public information and one for more sensitive stuff.


  • Lock and unlock your door


Want to be able to use your ring to open your house? No problem. Just grab yourself an NFC enabled door lock, install it and your NFC Ring can interact with it.


  • Water Resistant


The NFC Ring is water resistant and has been testing to a depth of 50m.


  • Share & Transfer information


You can use your NFC Ring to share Wifi information, links to websites, links to pictures, contact information or whatever you think is suitable to be passed securely to your friends smartphone's and tablets.

You can also use your NFC Ring to start apps with custom settings (parameters) which makes it even easier to use your device. How about turning wifi or bluetooth on for example, at the swipe of a hand?


  • No charging required


The NFC Ring never needs charging, ever.


Source: NFC ring


 



There's really no stopping major tech companies like Google from building their own smart watch. While there have been a few that have delved in this technology, not a single watch has captured the interest of the market and somehow, we're all still waiting until something feature-packed gets introduced.


If this were true, Google might be in the running for being the first to provide consumers with a wearable Android smart watch that does not fall short on its capabilities.


These rumors may even actually have a basis because in 2011, the company patented a plan for a smart watch that is still waiting to materialize. It had a mounted camera and a flip cover that could display information, similar to what the Google Glass can do. It sounds so real that even The Financial Times cited an insider confirming this plan, saying that it will most certainly happen soon. Let's just see who gets to launch a smart watch the earliest.


Source: dribble



One of the most promising smart watch that many people will be waiting for is Google's smart watch. The Financial Times has reported earlier that the Android team is presently developing a good smart watch. Who knows, this might even be the reason why Android and Chrome executives switched positions earlier on. Other companies that will be introducing smart phones are Apple, LG and Samsung.


If anything, these OEMs need to research about how a small device such as a wrist watch can actually capture market attention with plenty of features and a device that can also be synced with your other devices. It is said that the Google smart watch will be launched in summer and by then it will probably go head on with Apple's, LG's, and Samsung's smart watches. In the meantime, let's wait until Google and other insiders report pretty accurate information, aside from these rumors. They are said to be launched before the end of summer.


Source: financialtimes


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