The Galaxy Note 9 is not a revolutionary device like the original Note was, but it is without a doubt, the best Galaxy Note ever released by Samsung. It's pricey and it doesn't exactly bring anything new to the table, but it refines everything about the Galaxy Note 8 and adds a number of new features and improvements that makes it a superb flagship smartphone, albeit at a steep starting price of $999! However, if you have a Gear VR, there's some bad news and good news.
Firstly, did you know that the old Gear VR cannot accommodate the Note 9 without physical modifications? Since Samsung did not even release a new VR headset with the Note 9 like they did last year with the Note 8, this is really bad news. The good news is that Samsung has already promised to ship a free Gear VR adapter that will let users equip the Gear VR headset with the Galaxy Note 9. However, the customer will need to contact Samsung's customer care by phone, chat or email and request the adapter. It is expected that the adapter will reach customers within two-weeks of the request or sooner, but this leads to the question, why did Samsung not include the adapter within the box?
Google announced before that it is developing a Smart Contact Lens prototype containing a glucose sensor. The US-based company had earlier said that this lens won't be available to the general public for at-least next five years, it now looks like the wearable device may hit the market before 2019.
This was revealed in a recently uncovered patent application that showed off potential designs for how the search giant could package a smart contact lens. When reached for comment, a Google representative said that product releases can't be deduced from patent applications.
For those who aren't aware, the smart lens can measure glucose levels by analysing the wearer's tears. It is capable of generating a reading once per second.
Google has just updated its Android Hangouts App to version 3.0 with many improvements. This Google+ chat App is getting popular among Android users. Hangouts v3.0 packs many UI tweaks. The biggest change in this release, is the New Rich contact card which pulls profile images, photos, recent interactions, and other data from Google+, then showing it to you when clicking on any of your Hangouts contacts.
So What elase is New ? The snooze notifications option has moved to the top of the nav drawer and the accent color used for checkboxes is a minty green now. The snooze notification popup is material-themed now instead of holo. Long-pressing on a message also has a new option in the popup to view the sender's profile. The volume bug has been squashed, allowing you to change the ringer volume when the message screen is open.
Google Hangouts 3.0 is now rolling-out to Android users, If you don't want to wait for the update to hit your device via Google Play Store, you can safely download & Install the APK file provided below.