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FiLMiC Pro – advanced video camera app debuts on Android

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 11:18 AM PST

FiLMiC Pro - advanced video camera app debuts on Android

In my quest to round up the best video shooting and editing suite of apps I came across FiLMiC Pro. I knew of it's awesomeness and saw footage with it on iPhone for some years now. With the debut on Android I expect the same level of granular settings controls of the advanced video camera app.... View Article

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge diagrams show differences in screen size and design

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 09:03 AM PST

Yesterday we learned that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge may not share the same screen size. Both phones may be getting larger displays compared to last year's models, with the S7 edge's display size getting a substantial bump up to 5.5 inches.

Thanks to a new leak, we now have diagrams of what the two phones might look like and how their sizes and designs compare to last year's Galaxy S6. Based on the image, the Samsung Galaxy S7′s display increase from 5.1 inches to 5.2 inches will not affect the size of the phone at all. Unfortunately, Samsung will not be able to squeeze the new 5.5-inch display into the Galaxy S7 edge without expanding the phone's footprint to 151mm x 73mm. The difference in screen sizes will allow Samsung to target different consumers with each device rather than relying only on the curvature of the display to set the two apart.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge diagram also shows that the two phones are slightly thicker than last year's S6 with tapering edges on the back. We expect the devices will look fairly similar to what Samsung gave us last year, but the design tweak should make both phones more comfortable to hold.

Rumor has it that Samsung may unveil the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge before Mobile World Congress in late February, but it's highly doubtful that we'll see wither of the phones as CES in Las Vegas next week. If Samsung does plan to bring the two phones to market sooner than last year's models, we would see a Samsung scheduling an Unpacked event for the beginning of February.


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New Samsung Bio-Processor may revolutionize the wearable industry

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 06:33 AM PST

While FitBit may sell more fitness trackers than anyone else, Samsung is hoping to make a name for itself in the category with fitness-focused processor. Samsung has announced its new Bio-Processor, which will allow manufacturers to quickly design and build wearables that are smaller while also reducing the number of internal electronic components needed. Samsung's new chip is capable of measuring body fat, skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature and stress level. In addition to processing the bio-signals it measures, the new chip integrates Analog Front Ends, a microcontroller unit, a power management integrated circuit, digital signal processor and eFlash memory.

"Samsung's Bio-Processor, which can process five different biometric signals, is the most versatile health and fitness monitoring chip available on the market today and is expected to open up many new health-based service options for our customers."

Production of the Samsung Bio-Processor is already underway, with the first wave of devices expected to hit store shelves in the first half of 2016. We expect Samsung will announce a few wearables that use the new chip at CES or Mobile World Congress, but we won't be surprised if we see the Samsung Bio-Processor referenced in press releases from major wearable players over the next few months.

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Samsung Addresses a Growing Mobile Health Market with Industry's First Smart Bio-Processor

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced that it is addressing the growing trend of quantified health with an all-in-one advanced system logic chip for the health-oriented wearables market, the Bio-Processor. The Samsung Bio-Processor, now in mass production, is specifically designed to allow accelerated development of innovative wearable products for consumers who are increasingly monitoring their health and fitness on a daily basis.

"With improvements in smart, fitness devices and an increase in consumer health consciousness, more and more people are looking for ways to monitor various personal bio-data, or fitness data, to constantly manage their health" said Ben K. Hur, Vice President of marketing, System LSI business at Samsung Electronics. "Samsung's Bio-Processor, which can process five different biometric signals, is the most versatile health and fitness monitoring chip available on the market today and is expected to open up many new health-based service options for our customers."

Samsung Bio-Processor: Small in size; Big on Versatility

Samsung's Bio-Processor is the industry's first all-in-one health solution chip. By integrating not only Analog Front Ends (AFE), but also microcontroller unit (MCU), power management integrated circuit (PMIC), digital signal processor (DSP), and eFlash memory, it is able to process the bio-signals it measures without the need of external processing parts. Even with its integrated design, the Bio-Processor is particularly innovative thanks to its incredibly small size. When compared to the total area of the discrete parts, the Bio-Processor is only about one fourth of the total combined size, which is ideal for small wearable devices, offering a bounty of options when designing new devices.

While heart rate monitoring alone may have been compelling in the past, the ability to measure a variety of fitness data is expected in today's wearable products. To meet such demands, Samsung has designed its Bio-Processor to integrate five AFEs including bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), photoplethysmogram (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), skin temperature, and galvanic skin response (GSR) into a single chip solution that measures body fat, and skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature and stress level, respectively. In addition, combinations of these fitness inputs can be considered for a variety of new use cases.

To speed product development and better understand Samsung's new Bio-Processor, several wearable reference platforms are now available to demonstrate various uses cases. For example, wrist band, board and patch type reference devices exhibit the Bio-Processor's potential by demonstrating its ability to measure multiple fitness variables on an extremely small device.

Samsung Bio-Processor is currently in mass production and will be available in fitness/health devices within the first half of 2016.


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Cher Wang: HTC will never disappear

Posted: 29 Dec 2015 04:03 AM PST

Based on HTC's quarterly earnings reports this year, you might agree Reuters columnist Robyn Mak remark that HTC is "heading for extinction in 2016." Mak's statement was made with his analyses of the current state of the smartphone market and many smartphone manufacturer's inability to squeeze out a profit in 2015. Responding Mak's marsh comment, Cher Wang and HTC went on the offensive, stating that the HTC brand will never disappear.

HTC claims that it is well positioned to take on the competition with targeted devices for niche markets and 2016 may actually be the first year that HTC will make money from its Connected Devices division. The HTC Vive VR system will go on sale in April and HTC's partnership with Under Armour should produce a family of connected fitness devices during the first half of 2016. That being said, HTC does need to find a way to return its smartphone division to profitability in 2016. Fortunately, the company is already working on internal reorganizations which should cut out a lot of unnecessary overhead and a more coherent product portfolio.

HTC may never regain the market share within the smartphone industry it enjoyed in 2011 and 2012, but it certainly isn't doomed.


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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Dimensions Leaked

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 10:14 PM PST

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Various leaks and rumours of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S7 flagship series suggested the company's plans to continue selling two phones; the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge with its curved Super AMOLED screen. Now it looks like we got our own late Christmas present.

Android Authority has shared the design schematics for the two phones and it confirms the Galaxy S7 having the same dimensions as the Galaxy S6. Furthermore, despite having the same dimensions, the Galaxy S7 will come with a 5.2-inch display. As for the Galaxy S7 Edge, it will be slightly bigger due to its 5.5-inch screen.

The phones are expected to come with either a Snapdragon 820 SoC or the new Exynos 8890, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with microSD expansion (only Galaxy S7), and a 20MP rear camera with improved low light performance.

[Android Authority]

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Dimensions Leaked is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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LG G Stylo Could Be Getting Marshmallow Soon!

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 06:19 PM PST

LG G Stylo

 

I feel like this Marshmallow roll out has been one of the best new Android version roll outs yet and another device could soon be getting Marshmallow here in Canada.  Just south of us in the US of A, the LG G Stylo, which is available through Fido, is getting updated to Marshmallow on Sprint.

The Sprint software will be different than that found on the Fido version of the device as they run on different network types.  Nevertheless, you have to think that it can't be too long before other versions of the G Stylo get their taste of Marshmallow as well.

[Android Police]

LG G Stylo Could Be Getting Marshmallow Soon! is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Google Promoting Their Apps On Their Home Page

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 06:19 PM PST

Google Present

Although Christmas is over, Google wants to give you one more gift.  If you head over to Google's homepage, you'll notice a little present on the bottom of the page.  And what is it that Google wants to give you?  Well Google wants to give you the opportunity to download their full suite of applications!

A lot of phones were likely gifted this holiday season and Google wants to make sure you have all the apps you need.  Most of these apps are staples for day to day life so why not have them with you at all times!  There are links to both the Play Store and Apple's App Store so anyone with any device can get their Google on.

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Google Promoting Their Apps On Their Home Page is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Samsung Pay to expand to online shopping in 2016

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 06:03 PM PST

Samsung made waves when it bought LoopPay and used its technology to create Samsung Pay, its exclusive mobile payment system that works with nearly all existing payment terminals. The company has continued to aggressively expand the capabilities of Samsung Pay, adding gift cards and a gift card store within Samsung Pay itself. Now, the co-general manager of Samsung Pay, Thomas Ko, has stated that Samsung Pay will expand to online shopping in 2016.

Expanding Samsung Pay into online shopping makes it even more of a fully-fledged mobile wallet and allows it to compete more directly with services like PayPal.

Additionally, Ko stated that Samsung Pay will be made available on more devices in 2016. This includes the notable category of mid-range Samsung phones. In this early period of its life, Samsung Pay has only been available on high-end Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. Expanding Samsung Pay to more devices will increase its impact while also giving Samsung an additional selling point for its devices.

Samsung Pay looks to have a bright future in 2016.


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AutoMate Car Dashboard Is Finally Out Of Beta And Available In The Play Store

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 05:44 PM PST

unnamedOdds are you don't have Android Auto in your car, but you still might want a more optimized mobile experience for driving. That's what AutoMate aims to offer, but it's been in beta for a long, long time. That ends today as v1.0 has been uploaded to the Play Store for all to see. It squashes some bugs, and also adds a few more features.

Here's the changelog for v1.0 of AutoMate.

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AutoMate Car Dashboard Is Finally Out Of Beta And Available In The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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