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Introducing BLOCKS – The world’s first modular smartwatch

Introducing BLOCKS – The world’s first modular smartwatch

Not too long ago we were all buzzing about modular smartphones which could very well be the future of most of our hand held devices. When we talk about modular devices, Google’s Project Ara and LG’s latest flagship phone of 2016, the LG G5, would be among the first names that come to mind. If these aren’t enough to make a few jaws drop, we’ve got another exciting entrant in the modular devices family – BLOCKS which is the world’s first modular smartwatch. What’s most exciting about these modular devices is the option to customize them as per your own needs. Same goes for the smartwatch, which offers a wide variety of options for you to choose from. The modules include: Extra Battery Heart Rate GPS Adventure (Module has a 3-in-1 sensor which combines digital humidity, pressure and temperature sensors in one). Flashlight Programmable button   Four of the aforementioned modules come with the watch and the good thing is you get to choose all four of them. The BLOCKS smartwatch is expected to release in October this year and will be retailing for $330 with $11 in shipping costs if you’re in the US and $15 for the rest of the world (Pre-orders have already started). Additional modules can also be purchased separately which will cost you an extra $35 per piece. We really like the idea of customizing your watch according to your own needs and even though Motorola offer a similar option with the 2ndgeneration Moto 360, BLOCKS offers something uniquely different. If you’re on the lookout to get a new smartwatch running on Android Wear anytime soon, then you probably should wait a few more months. The BLOCKS smartwatch features a 1.39” full circular 400 x 400 Gorilla Glass AMOLED Round Display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8009w processor, 512MB RAM, a 300 mAh battery, 4GB of storage, a stainless steel casing, microphone, WIFI 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE) and runs on the latest version of Android (Wear) Marshmallow. The watch is also fully compatible with iOS devices which will surely make Apple users quite happy. Even though the market for smartwatches hasn’t quite gone mainstream as anticipated, the modular technology might just be able to change this norm and in doing so, re-define the future of how smartwatches can be utilized. Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below. Cheers! BLOCKS Smarwatch Tech Specs at a Glance 1.39″ AMOLED 400×400 Display 300mAh battery Stainless Steel casing Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8009w processor 512MB RAM 4GB Storage Microphone WIFI 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE) G Sens + Gyro E-Compass Android Marshmallow Source:...

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How to run Android on an iPhone [Video]

How to run Android on an iPhone [Video]

Now here’s some interesting news that is sure to create a lot of buzz among iOS and Android enthusiasts. We have seen the feud going on for years between both parties and it still continues to do so with each new Android device competing with its Apple counterpart and vice versa. But what if there is a way to simultaneously run your iPhone on both iOS and Android platforms? Sound surprising? Well, a guy who goes by the name of Nick Lee has figured a unique way to run Android on an iPhone 6S…..well sort of actually! Currently working as the CTO of a mobile development studio in Brooklyn called “Tendigi”, Nick built a custom 3D printed enclosure which acts as an iPhone 6S case. Inside the case lies a Lemaker HiKey circuit board that runs on a customized version of Android Marshmallow. Using a lightning connector to plug into the iPhone, the Tendigi iOS app allows the two devices to interact with each other. Technically speaking, the iPhone’s screen acts as a display and from what we see in the video, it’s doing a pretty decent job. The case also includes openings for HDMI and USB ports and even has a SD card slot. The whole idea of an iPhone being able to run on Android was derived from a previous experiment in which Nick was successful in running Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Do watch the video and judge for yourself in case you have trouble believing what you just read. So what do you guys think of this unique concept? Could it be adapted in the main stream consumer market? Do share your thoughts with us in the comments...

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Samsung officially launches the Gear Fit 2 and Gear Icon X wireless Earbuds

Samsung officially launches the Gear Fit 2 and Gear Icon X wireless Earbuds

Samsung held an event in New York yesterday in which the South Korean tech giants unveiled the Gear Fit 2 Smart watch which is a successor to last years highly acclaimed Gear Fit along with the bluetooth enabled Gear Icon X wireless ear buds. Let us now take a closer look at what these two new smart accessories has to offer: Gear Fit 2: Advanced Features for Fitness   The Gear Fit 2 is a followup to the original Gear Fit and outfits the activity tracker with a gorgeous 1.5-inch curved AMOLED display, dedicated GPS, heart rate monitor, and 4GB of storage for your music. Depending on use, Samsung says the Gear Fit 2 should deliver between 3-4 days of battery life with up to 5 days of standby time. The Gear Fit 2 will be available in three colors: Black, blue and pink   Features an ergonomic, sleek and slim design for comfortable everyday use Provides a Super AMOLED curved display with a high-resolution color touchscreen for easy fitness monitoring, or checking and responding to text message notifications Embedded GPS and HRM sensor for accurate data tracking of activity With the Auto Activity Tracking feature, users won’t have to manually activate the sports band – whether running, walking, cycling, or using a rowing machine Enables easy transfer of fitness data between S Health and other select fitness applications, and provides ‘Step Challenges,’ for 1:1 competitions with your friends The standalone music player provides a workout boost without the need of a mobile device   Gear IconX: A Simple and Wireless Experience     The Gear IconX are true wireless earbuds, each coming with their own batteries to power each bud. Where things get interesting is that they also have 4GB of internal storage for storing music, and are capable of tracking physical activity like distance, speeds, heart rate, and calories burned. Needless to say, they’re the perfect workout companion.     http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/gear-iconx/videos/gear-iconx_powerfully_small.mp4     The earbuds are stored in a pill-shaped case when not in use, which provides up to two full charges. Battery life is said to be around 2 hours depending on use (you’ll get more mileage by listening to music stored on the earbuds themselves, obviously). The Gear Icon X will be available in three colors: white, blue and black   Provides a lightweight, secure and comfortable fit with three different sizes of eartips and wingtips, and can be activated by simply placing the earbuds in the user’s ears Enables tracking of fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned, and easily syncs with S Health Includes a Voice Guide feature that provides instant voice feedback on the user’s...

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JAMSTIK – The World’s First Smart Guitar

JAMSTIK – The World’s First Smart Guitar

Playing a guitar has its own charm. For those of you agree with this notion, no further explanation is required and for those who don’t, well no explanation is possible. Through the years and countless generations, the love for this remarkable musical instrument has grown further and further. Guitars come in many different variants that include your ever green acoustic, bass or the bone chilling electric guitar to name a few. Today we are going to tell you about a new addition to the guitar family which comes with a little touch of smart technology attached to it. Introducing the JamStik+ smart guitar, this is technically a plastic guitar neck with real strings.  Tugging on those strings won’t produce any of that great sound you’re used to on their own, though — you plug this baby into a MIDI interface or your smartphone with the JamStik app for Android and you’re ready to jam away. The JamStik+ works wirelessly with your devices using Bluetooth. It comes with an interactive guitar lesson app series and works with a multitude of other music apps, so everyone from beginners to pros can just play. The JamStik+ comes with 4 free apps, a guitar strap, 2 guitar picks and a rechargeable battery. Amazon is currently offering the guitar for $299 so those of you who are interested in having a few jamming sessions at your place should grab one...

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Google and Maserati announce World’s First Android Car

Google and Maserati announce World’s First Android Car

When Google first announced Android Auto back in 2014 at Google I/O, it started creating a lot of enthusiasm amongst car owners worldwide. Two years down the line, drivers today can easily access the fascinating world of Android running on compatible vehicles that interface with the Android Auto app. As always, Google is once again creating major strides this year at the ongoing Google I/O 2016 developer’s conference in California with a bunch of new and exciting announcements. The company announced the world’s first Android car in collaboration with Maserati, one of the world’s most luxurious car manufacturers. Even though this is just an initial concept, we do get a fair idea of what we could expect from Android Auto in the future. Android Auto currently works in sync with the supported apps at the same time mirroring them onto the car’s mounted display. The Maserati on the other hand is running Android natively without the need of syncing it with secondary devices like a smartphone or tablet. The dashboard comprises of a huge 4K display which not only acts as your infotainment hub, but it also allows you to operate core vehicle functionality thanks to new APIs and features recently announced with Google’s upcoming (yet to be named) OS, Android N. That means the same screen from which you’ve grown accustomed to playing music, making calls, and controlling navigation will now let you set your car’s air conditioning and seat warmers. This particular car actually has seat vibrators, controllable directly from the dash screen. The bottom of the screen shows 5 primary buttons: Navigation Phone Home Screen Audio/Multimedia System Apps The home screen shows a stream of relevant content on large, easily scrollable cards such as recent calls, possible destinations, and other bits of information you’re likely to want to see. And ofcourse you’ll have access to Android Auto optimized apps such as Pocketcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Pandora. The experience looks brilliant on the huge 13-inch display, especially the big and bold maps while navigating. It’s all powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 828 chipset, including the 720p display found behind the steering wheel. As mentioned earlier, the new Android Auto car integration is still in its early stages and there aren’t any consumer-ready vehicles that have been announced as yet. We do expect to hear more from Google in the months to come and hope for more compatible models sometime in 2017. What are your thoughts on Android Auto’s new features? We would love to hear your views in the comments below. Cheers!!                                   Source:...

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Google needs your help in naming Android N

Google needs your help in naming Android N

Google I/O 2016 is underway and it has already made some huge announcements on the first day. One of the most anticipated announcements was about Android N, Google’s upcoming OS. Even though some users have had a glimpse of what Android N has to offer in the developer preview version released a few months ago, Google announced a bunch of new features which we can expect in the upcoming OS whose name is yet to be decided. Google’s VP of Engineering Dave Burke took the stage to announce some of the upcoming changes for Android N, but before doing so he jokingly stated that Android N has been the hardest iteration of the operating system to name. So Google is turning to you for help. That’s right folks. Just head over to the official website and help Google pick a name for Android N. We suggested Android Nutcracker. What do you guys have in mind? Share your suggestions with us in the comments...

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