Samsung SmartThings Hub and sensors Photograph: SamsungThe Internet of Things – where seemingly ordinary devices connect to each other and the internet to make them more than the sum of their parts think fridges that know when you re out of milk and then order more for you – is still more a concept than a reality for many.Samsung s SmartThings hub hopes to be that central pin that connects them all.Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the GuardianIt supports home-network based devices, plugging into your router to control them through fixed or Wi-Fi networks, as well as two of the most broadly used wireless home-automation standards, ZigBee and Z-Wave.It means that the Hub can talk to almost every product currently available on the market that doesn t use an isolated proprietary system.
do not Display the Gadget-items Gadget / Virtual realityOne of our readers alerted us that Samsung has started advertising their own products in their television sets.the Ads show up if you use the tv's so-called smart functions.In this case it's about a tv set purchased in the year.According to Samsung's support, you agree to automatically receive advertising when you activate the tv's smarthub.It is not possible to turn off the advertising but it should only be about ads regarding Samsung's tv stuff, and no ads from third party advertisers.
Samsung is gearing up to launch a new smartphone that uses parts from its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled last year after a series of battery fires.Called the "Note Fan Edition", the company says the new mobile will utilise parts from the 2.5 million recalled Note 7 handsets to minimise the environmental impact of the faulty units.While the handset will share much of its design with the old phone, the South Korean tech giant says it gets a new battery that has been "enhanced with multiple safety designs and a rigorous eight-point battery safety test".This is expected "to calm the fans that the Fan Edition is aimed at", says Alphr, referring to the fault in the design of the original Note 7's battery that resulted in multiple device fires and the recall of every unit sold.The Fan Edition is expected to recover some of the £2.5bn lost as a result of the fiasco, adds the website.It is also believed to be a response to environmentalists who called for Samsung to handle its defective Note 7s using methods that would "reduce the amount of so-called e-waste", reports the BBC.
unfortunately, it's not the sort of thing that you'll want to carry around with you.It's a small gadget that looks to be roughly the size of an iPhone 6 case.Not much has changed since the announcement back in January.The Pocket-VR viewer has a retail price of $70, which might seem a little pricey, when compared to the Google Cardboard.However, instead of being constructed from a paper material, you're getting a hard plastic shell that you can easily take with you anywhere.You can find the viewer available now in both iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7 flavors.
During the recently concluded Google I / O 2016 event featured the American sökjätten, just as speculation before the event took place hinted, the new, and the Google-developed virtual reality platform Daydream. Daydream is a much more advanced version of its predecessor Cardboard and is both software and hardware-dependent and is closely linked with the upcoming version of Android, in short, called N. To ensure that it works as well as possible, Google has developed a standard that interested manufacturers must adapt their hardware for, such as special sensors and displays of a certain quality and standard. By doing Daydream dependent on specific hardware, instead of just consist of software, Google can ensure that delay, repsonstider and image flow will be as good as the technology permits, resulting in a better experience for the user. Although Daydream is still in its early years, Google has been able to find no less than eight manufacturers who are interested in producing Daydream compatible devices; Samsung, LG, HTC, Asus, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel. Missing from the list does unfortunately including Sony and Lenovo / Motorola, but we're guessing that many more manufacturers will join during the year.
Oracle Chief Executive Officer Safra Catz put an Old Testament spin on her company's software copyright battle with Google as she told jurors about an encounter with her adversary's top lawyer at a bat mitzvah in 2012.Catz's testimony in San Francisco federal court was intended to buttress what Oracle claims was Google's brazen theft of Java code to build its Android operating system, and to begin to explain how that theft caused the database maker damages of $9.3 billion.Catz's message: Google undercut Oracle's licensing revenue by co-opting Java to develop Android into the operating system now used in 80 percent of the world's mobile devices.Google took a language designed to "write once, run anywhere" across different computing platforms and "forked," or split into two, Oracle's Java community of programmers, she said.AdvertisementGoogle lifted and employed the code so that it would only run on Android, leading smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics, ZTE., and Motorola to adopt that platform, which the search engine company offered for free, and to cease paying Java licensing fees to Oracle, Catz testified."They use Android instead of taking a copy of our software."
ARM has acquired Apical, a U.K. designer of embedded computer vision technology, and plans to incorporate that technology into future ARM microprocessor and system-on-chip designs, it said Wednesday.The move will open up new opportunities for designers of autonomous vehicles and security systems, among other connected things, according to ARM CEO Simon Segars.That technology also turned up in Samsung Electronics' new laptop, the ATIV Book 9.Assertive Camera is another of Apical's developments: It's a range of software packages and silicon-based image signal processors for reducing image noise, managing color and shooting high dynamic range images.ARM makes its money by designing chips that others manufacture, or licensing its chip modules for others to incorporate in their own designs.Putting image analysis and interpretation capabilities in hardware could accelerate and simplify the design of a whole host of products, including self-driving cars and security systems.
If you ve got a good idea, then submit it to android.com/n, or send it out on social media using the hashtag NameAndroidN.Daydream will provide a very Samsung Gear VR-like home screen for Google s new VR mode, which will give access to a suite of new VR-focused apps including Google Play, and YouTube.Launcher, multi-tasking, and multi-window supportAndroid N now has launcher shortcuts — which means you can set specific shortcuts 3 to 5 within any app that implements them to quickly perform actions.Other changesOf course, apart from adding new features, the Developer Preview 2 also adds some changes to existing APIs in Android N — such as how developers can now specify a separate minimum height and minimum width for multi-window support.Other stellar Android Marshmallow features include improved apps permissions — which give you greater control over what information you share with companies – and Android Pay, which is the newfangled mobile payments app Google made to compete with Apple Pay and revitalize Google Wallet.The 6P easily manages a full and busy workday, but it can t last through two of them.
MoreFILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, a Google employee gives a demonstration of Android Pay on a phone at Google I/O 2015 in San Francisco.Consumers in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to add stores' loyalty programs to Android Pay to earn rewards.In addition, consumers will be able to use Android Pay when shopping on mobile Web browsers.Separately on Wednesday, a competing payments service from Samsung added loyalty programs.But Apple and Android Pay work only with stores that have newer wireless readers called NFC.Apple Pay is also in China, Canada, Australia and Singapore, with Hong Kong and Spain to come.
Android Pay is available for UK customers from today, allowing them to make contactless payments to shop terminals, travel around London's TfL networks and make in-app purchases via their smartphones.Apple Pay currently has around 12 million monthly users globally, making it by far the most-used mobile payment platform, following its initial release in the US during October 2014.Comparatively, Android Pay and Samsung Pay trail behind with around five million monthly users each, data from Bloomberg found.While Samsung Pay is limited to compatible Samsung devices, around 80 per cent of the world s smartphones run Android, compared to around 17 per cent for Apple s iOS system.In the UK, the Android/iOS split is around 59 per cent to 35 per cent, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.Works with both contactless and traditional payment terminalsRequires fingerprint authenticationExclusive to Samsung smartphones
The phablet will be in the form of the Xperia XA Ultra, a mid-range device with one big headline feature.Overall, the way the device looks – apart from being larger – is the same.Despite being a big 6ins device, the battery is rather small.It's a 2,700mAh cell which Sony claims will give you two days of battery life.To put it into perspective, the iSight camera used on the iPhone 6S – the device's main camera – is a 12 megapixel sensor, likewise the new though highly optimised camera hardware found on the Samsung Galaxy S7.No prices have been revealed yet and neither have the markets the XA Ultra will be available in.
It matches the earlier leaked photos see below top to bottom aside from colour scheme, which is... a bit odd.Blass identifies it as gold but opts to call it "desert camo" instead, and we'd say it's more beige than we usually like in a gadget.Still no word on a release date or pricing for the likely AT exclusive in the States.If these photos leaked out of Vietnam are any indication, Samsung wants the Galaxy S7 Active to look more comfortable in a battlefield than a fashion show - unlike the standard Galaxy S7.Water and dust resistance were collectively one of the big enhancements for the Galaxy S7 this year, and that that same IP68 rating is reportedly maintained on the Active model, unsurprisingly.Leaks suggest the Galaxy S7 Active will have much the same specs as the Galaxy S7 in the States, including the Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM, plus the Quad HD display.
Comparatively, Tesla s Model 3 car will get you 346 kilometers 215 miles on a charge, but Tesla is a passenger vehicle.Until now, the development of electric vehicles EVs and EV components has been focused on mainly passenger cars, a Renault Samsung official said.However, commercial vehicles have been considered the next-generation EV market as they are limited to operation purposes, including driving distance per day and freight transportation.In particular, electric commercial vehicles are emerging as a potential alternative which can solve air pollution problems caused by older commercial cars running cities.It ll take up to four years to develop the car, with Renault Samsung looking to partner up with various companies to develop it.Show entire article
This system includes VR Mode for Android N - that's the next version of Android for all smartphones and tablets - so this is going to be a fully-integrated big deal for the next generation of smart devices.This system is phone-based.There's still going to be a headset that holds your smartphone, just like Cardboard did.Like what Google revealed earlier today as The Google Assistant, this is more of an idea, or a clarification of terms, than it is a brand new set of apps/hardware.Facts about Daydream VIA Google:• Android component and device manufacturers for Daydream-ready phones: Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus, LG, HTC, Mediatek, ARM, Qualcomm, Imagination Technologies• App partners: The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are bringing their VR apps to Daydream, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, IMAX are bringing their libraries to Daydream, USA Today, CNN, MLB, NBA and Lionsgate are also app partners• Gaming partners: Ubisoft, CCP, Netease, Electronic Arts, Otherside Entertainment, Minority VR, Resolution, Turbo Button, nDreams, Climax Entertainment are creating games for Daydream• Google services like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Play Store and Google Photos will have VR apps• Daydream home will be the first place you go with Daydream, a place for your content, apps, and to discover new thingsGoogle suggests that they are "working with Android manufacturers to add a few key components like specific sensors and screens to their upcoming devices that will make them Daydream-ready."Google also says that they are "sharing a reference design for a viewer and controller with Android manufacturers so they can make their own, they will focus on being comfortable and intuitive."
If you thought Google I/O would be nothing but smartphones and complex code, you clearly weren't banking on Google diving head-first into virtual reality.Sure, Google Cardboard has been around for a while, but it looks like chump change compared to Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.It starts with Android N, which is getting overhauled with plenty of VR-specific tweaks, like faster screen response times, reduced latency and more accurate motion sensors for better head tracking.The first handsets won't be turning up until later in the year, but Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, Asus, ZTE, and other manufacturers are all on board.Your phone will still slot inside, but a comfortable head strap should keep it locked in place without making your arms cramp up.Daydream is set to arrive in the Autumn, but developers will be able to start putting games and tech demos together as soon as Android N arrives.
Android Pay can be used in shops, to travel around London and for in-app purchasesGoogle's Android Pay is now available in the UK, allowing you to make quick contactless payments from your smartphone.The contactless payment system has partnered with supported banks to register your chosen debit or credit card to make payments on contactless terminals in shops, on London s TfL networks and for in-app purchases.Check if your bank is supporting the service from launch with our list below:Banks supporting Android Pay from launchLloyds BankNationwideBank of ScotlandHalifaxM BankHSBCFirst DirectMBNABanks yet to support Android PaySantanderNatWestBarclaysBarclaycardTesco BankTSBAmerican Expressboon.For amounts higher than £30, the owner must enter their security code, fingerprint or lock pattern.Works with both contactless and traditional payment terminalsRequires fingerprint authenticationExclusive to Samsung smartphonesIs there a limit?Lost or stolen phones can be located, locked and wiped remotely through Android Device Manager.
View photosMoreXiaomi-mi-boxChinese tech juggernaut Xiaomi may be best known for making high-quality smartphones like the new Mi 5 and selling them at low prices, but the company has made it very clear it wants to become a household electronics giant that can rumble with the likes of Samsung and Apple on a global scale.The Mi Box runs Android TV 6.0 and and is positioned to compete directly with the Apple TV, Fire TV and other set-top boxes.Xiaomi's streaming box supports 4K playback, like the Fire TV, but it does it one better with HDR High Dynamic Range for picture quality with more colors, higher brightness and increased contrast.The set-top box has access to a full range of apps available in the Google Play store including YouTube, Netflix, Vudu and more."This is a significant milestone for Xiaomi and I am really excited to be working closely with Google to bring such a great product to our fans in the US.I believe US consumers will truly enjoy the Android TV experience on Mi Box, which brings stunning 4K HDR video and a wide variety of content to your living room," Xiaomi vice president of international Hugo Barra said in a press release.
The Nokia brand is set to return to smartphones, two years after the Finnish company sold its flagship handset business and walked away defeated by Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.Nokia Oyj said Wednesday it will license its brand to a Helsinki-based company run by former Nokia managers, HMD Global Oy, which plans investments topping $500 million to bring mobile phones and tablets to the market.FIH Mobile Ltd., part of Foxconn Technology Group, will help to build the devices.HMD will be in charge of designing, making and selling the devices, said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia s IP-licensing business.If things don t live up to expectations, the company isn t saddled with enormous inventory and expense still on the books, said Ramon Llamas, an analyst at IDC.Nokia and HMD will be trying to crack a tough market with Samsung, Apple and Huawei Technologies Co. dominating smartphone sales with about half of the total 334 million high-end phones shipped in the first quarter, according to data from researcher IDC.Royal Philips Electronics NV sold its television business to TPV Technology, which kept the Dutch company s name on its sets.For Finns, the deal may restore some national pride in the country s best-known company.The sale of the business, less than three years after then-Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop joined Nokia from Microsoft, prompted Ilta-Sanomat, Finland s biggest tabloid, to called him a Trojan Horse who assisted Microsoft all along.HMD is now acquiring the rights for the next decade.Nokia more recently has been getting most of its revenue from wireless network equipment and related software and services.
Android Pay can be used at any wireless payment point so if it supports your contactless card or Apple Pay then you re good to go with Android Pay.Google s new contactless payment service joins an increasing number of apps and services including Samsung Pay and PayPal which are trying to encourage people to move away from using their conventional bank cards as a means of paying.Recently released Android smartphones should come with Android Pay pre-installed but if you think you re missing out you can always head over to the Google Play Store and download the app separately from there.While many of the big players are in there it s hard not to notice the glaring omission that is Barclays.If you have multiple Google Accounts in Android Pay: At the top left of the app, touch your name, then choose the account you want to add a card to.While both are equally secure not all Android phones have this hardware advantage that Apple s products do so Google had to find an alternative solution.
GIFFirst revealed earlier in the year at CES, Speck s ultra-thin folding Pocket-VR viewer is finally available for those who want to dabble in virtual reality and are looking for a cost-effective solution that falls somewhere between Google s cheap Cardboard and Samsung s pricey Gear VR.What your $70 alternative to Oculus Rift gets you is a VR viewer made of durable plastic—not cardboard—that cleverly folds flat so it s slim enough to stash in a pocket.Designed for either the iPhone 6/6s or the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Pocket-VR won t actually work with other smartphones since it requires them to be wrapped in an included case for the viewer to properly and securely assemble.The Pocket-VR s open design gives full access to the touchscreen and buttons on whichever smartphone you re using it with, which solves a an annoyance with Google s Cardboard viewer.You re definitely paying a premium for that convenience here, but also its well though-out design that you can quickly whip out and use anywhere.