Google today unveiled Android Wear 2.0, which the company is calling the most significant update to Android Wear since the platform launched over two years ago.Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang promised there would be multiple previews over the summer, with the final release to users slated for the fall.Android Wear 2.0 brings a slew of improvements for both developers and users.It covers the new navigation drawer swipe down in an app and action drawer swipe up in an app components in the Wearable support library and guidance on adopting the new dark color palette.Android Wear apps will now finally be able to access the Internet directly over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or cellular.Yes, that means they don t need to rely on the Data Layer APIs, meaning they no longer require your phone.If this sounds familiar, you re probably remembering the Android Wear update in April 2015 that let you get notifications, send messages, and use apps as long as your smartwatch was online.As a result, developers can now even create their own custom input methods.Last but not least, messages have a new notification template, which is also available on phones and tablets using Android N. The template s layout is supposedly optimized for quick and responsive messaging, as Google has found that this is the app type that is used the most on watches.It s now easier to develop apps that use fitness data and detect activity.That includes Data Saver, Java 8 Lambda support, and emojis.The new Android N developer preview also launched today at I/O 2016, and you can read about features that arrived in the first two previews here and here.Singleton expects the vast majority of Android Wear watches will eventually get Android Wear 2.0.
A hair salon in Seoul in South Korea has got a right nice upgrade in the form of Samsung mirrors which are fitted with OLED panels. The 55-inch mirrors shows various tips on modern haircuts, information hairdos and flashy hair colors. When the mirrors do not show information and images so they function as ordinary mirrors. Hair Salon is one of the first in the world with these mirror displays and it seems that Samsung will start selling the panels to more businesses in the future. theverge.com
Future phones available starting this fall will be considered Daydream-ready if they meet certain requirements: a high-power SoC that can provide a quality experience at 60 frames per second, a low-persistence display read: OLED only , low-latency, and high-quality sensors are all required for certification.It s not 90 frames per secondMany people have argued that VR displays have to update at a minimum of 90 frames per second in order to minimize motion sickness.And you can forget about it working on iPhone, like Cardboard does.So if you get a call or a text, it s rendered into the VR world and you can respond.But wouldn t it be cool if you could converse with the Google Assistant in VR?Expect Cardboard to stick around for at least a couple more years.
I used to go for a run every single day, and then quit, and then went to yoga every single day, and then I did nothing every single day.But that isn t without a few caveats.FeaturesThe most important feature of the Fitbit Alta is its scratch-resistant OLED display.It also switches quickly from one notification to another when someone sends multiple texts, so you end up reading what do you think?You can, of course, go into the app and specify what type of workout you re doing from basketball to running to get more accurate results.The device lasts an entire week with active sleep tracking before it needs a charge, letting people settle in to the Alta experience.
We're all going to die, Spurs will never win the league, and Apple will release a new iPhone - some things never change.Oh, and don t forget the salt.Obviously, we can expect to see an all-metal build, similar in design to that of the existing iPhone 7 Plus, so don t expect any wacky triangle or pentagram shapes come launch day.The iPhone 6s Plus 5.5in 1080p display bests its iPhone 6s brother, but it would still be nice to see a higher resolution, as long as battery life isn t sacrificed.It s the one thing that s practically guaranteed come launch day, and if we don t see a chart or graph showing off XX% increases in speed and graphics power, we ll eat our smartphones.Highlights include the ability to finally hide default Apple app like Stocks, along with auto-transcribed voicemail messages and Apple Home - a one-stop-shop for controlling everything from your IoT-connected lightbulbs to your smart door handles.
But without them, you re not going to be able to get much use out of your iPhone or any other gadget that you use to get online.Semiconductors are, in a way, a niche industry, and within that niche, there are even more niches.Still, these are names that are not in public eye as much as, say, Facebook, Netflix or Amazon.But investors who have bought Nvidia or Applied Materials shares this year might just be shouting those names from their local rooftops.Based on those performances, Nvidia and Applied Materials are the two best-performing tech stocks included on the S 500 Index.Those gains are likely helped by how both companies have built up their niches of the chip sector.Its products are used in high-end cloud-based devices from the likes of IBM, and it is also helping to power virtual-reality technologies used to simulate a trip to Mars.Nvidia has seen the results of its newer initiatives in its quarterly performance.On May 1, Nvidia reported a fiscal first-quarter profit of $196 million,or 33 cents a share, on $1.31 billion, up from earnings of $134 million, or 33 cents a share, on $1.15 billion in sales in last-year s first quarter.Applied Materials, meanwhile, has benefited from the growth in consumer demand for everything from OLED displays used in phones and TVs, to 3D NAND memory chip technology.When the company reported its fiscal second-quarter results on May 19, earnings rose to $320 million, or 29 cents a share, on $2.45 billion in sales, compared with earnings of $364 million, or 29 cents a share, on revenue of $2.44 billion in the same period a year ago.But it was new orders that showed the company is on the right track.
At least one company in Apple Inc. s supply chain is already reaping the benefit from plans to outfit next year s version of the iPhone with a brighter, higher-definition screen.The first evidence came last week when Applied Materials Inc. reported an almost fourfold leap in orders for equipment to make displays, an early sign producers are retooling their manufacturing to meet Apple s demand for a new kind of organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, screen.Investors are divided over whether the decline shows that smartphone sales have peaked, or whether current customers are waiting for the new iPhone model before they buy.A new screen may help Apple foster future growth.Emphasizing that the new displays will make their way into the iPhone in 2017, rather than in the new device expected to be introduced in September, Applied said it takes as long as three quarters to build, deliver and install their large machines.OLED screens are thinner because they don t require a back light.They also represent colors more vividly and are more energy efficient, which may help extend the iPhone s battery life.Samsung Electronics Co., LG Display Co. and Foxconn Technology Group-owned Sharp Corp., all of whom are Apple suppliers, have announced increased spending on the new display technology in the past two months.Apple is the biggest customer for all three companies, with Sharp getting about 20 percent of its revenue from the Cupertino, California-based company, LG Display receiving more than 30 percent and Samsung deriving 4.8 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.After being acquired by Foxconn in March, Sharp said earlier this month it plans to pour 200 billion yen into the production of screens based on the technology.Unlike liquid crystal displays, which Apple currently uses, OLED doesn t need a back light to provide illumination.
The Samsung Galaxy Edge will soon get a competitor from XiaomiAfter reports emerged on how Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is planning to launch a curved display phone mirroring the Samsung Galaxy Edge series, it is now claimed that the display panel which will play a crucial part on such a device for Xiaomi will be sourced from Korea's LG Display.GizmoChina reports that LG Display is entering the Dual edge curved OLED display market this year.Samsung has a monopoly in this area mainly because it is the only big player in the market.As of now, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy S7 Edge are the mainstream smartphone models with a curved screen that offers functionality and is not just for deign purpose.While there are no other specs confirmation on Xiaomi's rumoured curved phone, tipsters claim it will have the yet unreleased Snapdragon 823 chipset along with 6GB of RAM and will be the company's most premium phone to showcase when released.So there is a lot of time for the company to still decide how to develop even better features for the smartphone.
The best Android phones have been using them for years, and according to a report, iPhones due out in 2017 will be packing OLED panels.HUGE LEAK: This is our first look at a real iPhone 7Bloomberg specifically quotes Applied Materials Inc, a manufacturer of machines used in the production of displays.New machinery being ordered now would be in place early next year, ready for a production run of components to be assembled for a fall 2017 iPhone 7s release.This report also dovetails perfectly with a previous Nikkei article, which claimed that Apple reached out to Samsung and LG about OLED displays in December 2015.The most compelling part about this rumor isn t the sales data: it s that moving to OLED displays is an obvious move for Apple.Organic light-emitting diode displays have pixels that light themselves, without needing a backlight.
One of the suppliers that manufactures Apple's iPhone screens is reportedly making a new type of iPhone screen that's expected to be released in 2017, according to Bloomberg.Applied Materials, the iPhone screen supplier, made a large equipment order to retool its production line, which indicates it'll be making the new display for Apple's iPhones.The new screens are said to be of the organic light-emitting diode OLED variety, which offers a brighter, sharper image than the LCD screens currently used on iPhones.The timing of the suppliers' retooling suggests that it'll start making OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone, as opposed to the iPhone coming this fall.Indeed, rumors and analyst predictions claim that Apple is saving the biggest iPhone changes for 2017, which would be the iPhone's 10th anniversary.Those rumors include an all-display front surface that doesn't have borders or bezels, as well as a full glass build similar to the iPhone 4 generation.Samsung has been using OLED displays on its smartphones for years now, and it's true that they're better than the LCD displays used on iPhones.For one, OLED displays can display better blacks, which helps colors and the brightness pop out to look more dynamic and striking.OLED displays can also be brighter and sharper than LCD displays.Either way, we'll have to wait over a year until Apple's fall 2017 event to find out.EXCLUSIVE FREE REPORT:25 Big Tech Predictions by BI Intelligence.Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.More from Tech Insider:Next year's iPhone will have a much nicer screen AAPL Seth Rogen promises 'Preacher' will stay true to its highly controversial comic roots4 ways the Hyperloop will change how we travelHow 'Preacher' came up with that surprising Scientology gag5 details you might have missed in the latest 'Game of Thrones' episodeNOW WATCH: Sorry Apple fans — the iPhone 7 is going to be boringLoading video...
In the past, based on our past decision-making process, we never would have gone back, said Kim Gae-youn, vice president in charge of Samsung s smartphone product planning.Consumers agreed.This move was yet another tough decision for Samsung.Kim said executives had a hard time with it because the regional sales staff felt each market needed a specific phone to satisfy those local consumers.However, the company made the right decision again as it spurred a recovery in big markets like India.Global smartphone growth is still expected to slow to 7 percent this year and the company hasn t recovered in China, the world s top smartphone market.
Apple is planning to refresh its MacBook Pro line of laptops with thinner and lighter models in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a new report.There will be 13-inch and 15-inch models, both of which will feature a new OLED display touch bar and the Touch ID feature that thus far has only been available on iOS devices, according to 9to5Mac, which cited respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and unnamed sources.The design of the new laptops will be influenced by that of the 12-inch MacBook, which was recently refreshed with sixth-generation Intel Core M processors and faster integrated graphics.Like the 12-inch MacBook, the new MacBook Pros will support the USB-C standard no word if there will be more than one port .There will also be support for Thunderbolt 3 for connecting with peripherals, such as external displays — that feature is missing from the 12-inch MacBook.The powerful but big and clunky MacBook Pro — last updated in 2012 — has sorely needed a refresh.Some had suspected that it would happen in 2016, but now there is clear information coming from Kuo.In March, Kuo was reported to have said that Apple would refresh the iPhone lineup in 2017 .In addition to the new MacBook Pros, Apple will also come out with a new 13-inch MacBook that will sit alongside the 12-inch MacBook, as reported by 9to5Mac.
Samsung knows how to make an eye-catching concept device, and the company's rollable display prototype doesn't disappoint.Shown off for the first time at SID 2016 in San Francisco this week, the 5.7-inch screen takes Samsung Display's OLED technology and furls it up into a very pocket-friendly form factor.It's just as bright and the colors just as vivid as we've come to expect from the company's displays on production devices like the Galaxy S7 edge, too.That 0.3 mm thickness is before you add in a touch layer: that's going to impact not only the heft of the panel itself, but how flexible it is overall.Meanwhile you'd also need to figure out a place to put the battery in a commercial device - this concept was externally powered - and you'd presumably want some sort of protective layer on the OLED since otherwise it could be damaged fairly easily.What Samsung Display isn't saying is just how many roll-ups and unrollings the OLED could handle before it might be expected to crack or otherwise break.
But these laptops should come in a thinner and lighter design, bringing it closer to the MacBook Air.The retina MacBook Pro is roughly as thick as a USB port, or a Thunderbolt port, or an HDMI port — these three types of ports are more or less the same thickness.The answer is USB-C. Apple is already using this thinner USB standard in the 12-inch MacBook with a retina display.And it looks like the company doesn t want to stop there.According to these reports, Apple is also thinking about adding a Touch ID sensor right on your Mac.Apple could be adding a tiny OLED touchscreen above your keyboard thanks a new, smaller metal-injection molded hinge.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and 9to5Mac citing their own sources , Apple will introduce a "dramatically overhauled" MacBook Pro later this year, probably in Q4.This will coincide with the lucrative back-to-school programme in the US which also kicks off the three-month run to Christmas .Taking a leaf out of the new MacBook's book, it will feature a "thinner and lighter" design with its curved bottom likely to be trimmed.Fat with all the trimmingsThis being a Pro laptop, ports are likely to remain untouched with more powerful Intel Core i5/i7 processors and a discrete graphics card.The laptop is likely to be available in 13-inch and 15-inch form factors with physical function keys replaced by an OLED display touch bar, together with metal injection moulded hinges, Touch ID, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.Check out our review of the current Apple MacBook Pro
Image Source: Rafiq SarlieWhile the bulk of Apple s laptop updates in recent years have been relatively incremental in nature, Tim Cook and co. have plans to really shake things up in 2016.Without question, it will be interesting to see how and where Apple implements Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro, especially in light of rumors that the iPhone 7s may incorporate an edge to edge display with an embedded home button and Touch ID sensor.As far as other notable features are concerned, Apple s 2016 MacBook Pro is slated to feature a thinner and lighter design, hardly a surprise given what Apple managed to do with its MacBook Line.This is particularly noteworthy because not everyone is fond of Apple s new keyboard design.In other words, the revamped MacBook Pro models will likely come in the same 13-inch and 15-inch form factors available today.In turn, the 11-inch MacBook Air will be positioned as an entry-level device with the MacBook and MacBook Pro serving as mid-level and premium notebook options, respectively.
REFRESH: Apple's MacBook Pro looks set to get a major upgradeApple s MacBook Pro range hasn t had a refresh in over a year, but that looks set to change.Rumours are suggesting Apple s flagship laptop is going to get an exciting overhaul in the coming months with a new design and plenty of bonus features.NEW: Apple recently updated its MacBook range of laptopsBut that s not all as the new MacBook Pro may also feature an OLED display touch bar which will replace the function keys at the top of the keyboard.Safe to say Steve Jobs in his minimalist black turtleneck doesn't look that bad now.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00Playback Rate1ChaptersChapterssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsFullscreenThis is a modal window.Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-OpaqueBackground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent TransparentWindow --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent TransparentFont Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400%Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform DropshadowFont Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small CapsDefaults DoneApple is also likely to unveil its new software features at its yearly developers conference next month.
A thinner, lighter MacBook Pro must be par for the course when Apple's designers sit down and pull the sketch pads out for the line's near-annual refresh.But the next revision of Apple's laptops may see the most significant addition since the inclusion of a Force Touch trackpad – could a touch-sensitive OLED bar be about to replace the row of function keys at the top of the MacBook keyboard?The potential for a row of keys that adapts to your given task is still an idea full of possibility, and where Windows-based machines have failed in similar attempts, Apple as both hardware and software platform holders could integrate some useful functionality.Elsewhere, the rumour mill suggests a Touch ID fingerprint scanner will finally make its way to Mac, with the laptops supporting USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.And they'll of course be getting thinner and lighter, thanks to a new metal-injection moulded hinge that apes ideas seen in Microsoft's Surface Book.Interesting ideas then, but nothing new, and surely nothing that Apple couldn't have achieved years ago.
The MacBook Pro is reportedly getting a major redesign.Ming-Chi Kuo, a normally reliable Apple analyst at KGI Securities, has put out a new research note claiming that Apple is planning to incorporate a second screen into the high-end Apple laptop, 9to5Mac reports.This OLED screen would be touch-sensitive and sit above the keyboard — replacing the current function buttons F1, F2, F3, etc..It could provide more flexibility and room for customisation for Apple and for users, who could potentially add shortcuts and apps they frequently use to the screen.The report has also been corroborated by Mark Gurman, a reporter over at 9to5Mac, who has an extremely good track record at breaking news on coming Apple products."Source confirms Apple prepping new MacBook Pro with 2nd display for functions above the keyboard, Touch ID/Apple Pay," Gurman wrote on Twitter.What else is coming to the new MacBook Pros?They are also said to be "thinner and lighter," with 9to5Mac reporting that they will take "design cues" from the 12-inch MacBook that Apple first introduced in May 2015 in an overhaul of the traditional MacBook line.They will also reportedly have Touch ID support — suggesting that you will be able to unlock your MacBook and authorise purchases using your fingerprint, as you already can on the iPhone.The MacBook Pro line has been has gone largely unchanged apart from internal upgrades since it introduced Retina Displays in 2012 and phased out optical drives.Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros will apparently be updated with the new design, which is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2016.If it's true, we may see more leaks and rumours in the weeks and months ahead — but don't expect any confirmation from Apple.The company never comments on rumoured products before they are officially announced.SEE ALSO: China's hottest startup is flatliningNOW WATCH: Bumble founder: Men should stop putting these 4 things in their profilesLoading video...
A thinner, lighter MacBook Pro must be par for the course when Apple's designers sit down and pull the sketch pads out for the line's near-annual refresh.But the next revision of Apple's laptops may see the most significant addition since the inclusion of a Force Touch trackpad – could a touch-sensitive OLED bar be about to replace the row of function keys at the top of the MacBook keyboard?The potential for a row of keys that adapts to your given task is still an idea full of possibility, and where Windows-based machines have failed in similar attempts, Apple as both hardware and software platform holders could integrate some useful functionality.Elsewhere, the rumour mill suggests a Touch ID fingerprint scanner will finally make its way to Mac, with the laptops supporting USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.And they'll of course be getting thinner and lighter, thanks to a new metal-injection moulded hinge that apes ideas seen in Microsoft's Surface Book.Interesting ideas then, but nothing new, and surely nothing that Apple couldn't have achieved years ago.
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