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29 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 3/5/16—5/30/16

Posted: 30 May 2016 01:48 PM PDT

wappsApps aren't just for phones anymore, now they're for your wrist. That's the focus of the Android Wear app and watch face roundup—apps that should go on your wrist. They might not all appeal to you personally, but these are all the best things that have come to Android Wear in the last few months. We've got timers, calendars, and oh so many watch faces.

Apps With Wear Support

Chrono List - Interval Timer

Android Police coverage: Chrono List Is A Simple, Material, And Completely Free Interval Timer

There are plenty of fitness and exercise apps on Android Wear with calorie trackers, reminders, and so on.

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ASUS delivers a punch with the ZenFone 3 family

Posted: 30 May 2016 10:39 AM PDT

ASUS has yet to make a large impact on the global smartphone market, but the manufacturer is back again with a new family of flagship smartphones that look to be some of the best yet. The ZenFone 3 family continues to refine and improve ASUS's flagship line, bringing in three new smartphones aimed at a variety of markets. Let's dive in and see what we're working with.

ZenFone 3

The ZenFone 3 is the base model of the family. The device is svelte and features a fairly compact body, featuring a 77.3% screen-to-body ratio that highlights the lack of wasted space around the display. The display itself is a 5.5-inch 1080p Super IPS+ display that prides itself on offering high brightness, even in direct sunlight. That display is protected with 2.5D Gorilla Glass, which also encompasses the rear of the device. A metal accent band runs around the edge of the device, offering the ZenFone 3 a classy and refined design.

ZenFone 3 Moonlight White (Resized)

Internally, the ZenFone 3 is packed with power. ASUS has powered the device with a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and up to 4GB of RAM, though the exact amount of RAM in the device coincides with the storage size option you choose. Storage comes in 32 or 64GB options and is augmented by a microSD card slot. The ZenFone 3 features a 3000mAh battery, rear fingerprint scanner, broad network support, USB-Type C charging and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0 overtop.

ASUS has made a powerful point with mobile cameras and the ZenFone 3 continues to improve upon that tradition. The 16-megapixel rear camera features a 6-piece Largan lens, f/2.0 aperture and ASUS's TriTech autofocus technology. TriTech combines laser, phase detection and continuous autofocus to achieve focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. The rear camera also includes optical image stabilization and a powerful HDR mode. On the front, users will find a fairly standard 8-megapixel camera that should snap sharp selfies.

No availability details have been released, but pricing begins at $249 for the model with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. Three color options of Sapphire Black, Moonlight White and Shimmer Gold will be available.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe

ASUS has designed the ZenFone 3 with a full aluminum alloy unibody that's free of plastic antenna lines on the rear. The device features a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display that covers over 100% of the NTSC color gamut, offering vivid and life-like colors. The device also has a rear fingerprint scanner and features a USB-Type C charging port.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe-3 colors (Resized)

The device is powered by a 2.15Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and 6GB of RAM. Users can choose from three different storage size options of 64GB, 128GB, or even 256GB, all of which are supplemented by a microSD card slot that supports Apps to SD. The device also features a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and a five-magnet speaker that's accompanied by an NXP amplifier for loud, crisp sound.

The rear camera is a Sony IMX318 23-megapixel sensor that again features a 6-piece Largan lens, TriTech autofocus and an f/2.0 aperture. Additionally, the camera bring in OIS as well as three-axis electronic image stabilization when filming 4K video. The front camera is a wide-angle 8-megapixel shooter.

No availability details have been released, but the device pricing starts at $499 for the 64GB model. THree color options of Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray and Shimmer Gold will be available.

ZenFone 3 Ultra

The biggest of the bunch, the ZenFone 3 Ultra centers itself around an enormous 6.8-inch 1080p IPS display that's covered in Gorilla Glass 4. The display also has a dedicated image processor that optimizes each pixel in every frame before it's displayed. ASUS has given the ZenFone 3 Ultra an aluminum unibody with no rear antenna lines. Interestingly, this device features a physical home button that houses a fingerprint scanner within.

ZenFone 3 Ultra (Resized)

Powering the ZenFone 3 Ultra is a 1.8GHz quad-core Snapdragon 652 processor and up to 4GB of RAM. Storage options include 32, 64, or 128GB which are all accompanied by a microSD card slot. The device features a massive 4600mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support and the ability to charge other devices. Additionally, the ZenFone 3 Ultra packs two five-magnet speakers, an NXP amplifier and DTS Headphone:X virtual 7.1 channel surround sound through certified headphones.

The camera specifications of the ZenFone 3 Ultra are identical to those of the Zenfone 3 Deluxe.

No availability details have been released, but pricing begins at $479 for the 64GB model. Three color options of Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray and Metallic Pink will be offered.

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ASUS Announces The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe And ZenFone 3 Ultra

Posted: 30 May 2016 09:36 AM PDT

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Nearly a year after the launch of ASUS' most popular smartphone, the Taiwanese company has finally made the ZenFone 3 official at Computex 2016. This year, the company has launched not one, but a total of three ZenFone 3 variants each with their own respective specs and design.

ZF3 Sapphire Black - angles (2)

First let's talk about the original ZenFone 3. This model features the tried and tested 5.5-inch 1080p Super IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 8MP front, 16MP rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, 3000 mAh battery, USB Type C connector and available in Gold, Blue, Black and White colours.

ZF3 Sapphire Black - angles (1)
As for the price, it will be available for $249 USD with Canadian pricing coming soon.
ZF3D Glacier Silver - front angled

Next up we have the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, which sports a larger 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 SoC with up to 6GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, 8MP front, 23MP rear camera with a brand new Sony IMX318 sensor (Hybrid AF), 3000 mAh battery with QC 3.0 support, USB 3.0 Type C connector and available in only Gold, Silver an Grey colours.

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This model also comes with 4-axis OIS and a fingerprint sensor and a price tag $499 USD.

ZF3U Titanium Gray - Front angled (1)

Finally we have the ZenFone 3 Ultra, which you can tell by its name is definitely "ultra" as it features an almost tablet sized 6.8-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 652 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, the same 8MP front, 23MP rear camera found in the Deluxe, a whopping 4,600 mAh battery with QC 3.0 support and a USB 3.0 Type C connector.

ZF3U Titanium Gray - Rear

As for the colour options, it will come in Grey, Silver and Pink and it will be priced at $479 USD.

All in all, ASUS seems to be going all out in terms of size, specs and colours and hopefully we'll see some reasonable Canadian prices when these phones go out to the market in Q3 of this year.

Press release:

ASUS Announces All-New ZenFone 3 Smartphones

Latest ZenFone 3 products feature beautifully crafted design, intelligent feature sets and superb performance all wrapped in an affordable package

 

Toronto, Ontario (May 30, 2016) — ASUS today announced the new ZenFone 3 lineup at Computex 2016. These new smartphones set a new standard in design and innovation while maintaining ASUS' leadership in providing intelligent feature sets in an affordable package.

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe — World's First Full-Metal Smartphone with an Invisible Antenna

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the flagship model of the ZenFone 3 family and the ultimate expression of ASUS smartphone design. It is constructed with a strong and light aluminum alloy unibody, and has a rear surface free of unsightly antenna lines and an ultra-thin 4.2mm edge.

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe features a 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) AMOLED display with a gamut of over 100% NTSC color space for rich, vibrant colors even in harsh, outdoor lighting. Inside, ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Series processor and up to 6GB RAM to deliver the best performance for demanding apps, games, and media.

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe raises the bar for mobile photography with its incredible 23MP camera featuring the latest Sony IMX318 image sensor, a large f/2.0 aperture lens, and 4-axis optical image stabilization for high-resolution, blur-free, and low-noise photos in almost any lighting condition. It also features electronic image stabilization for steady 4K UHD videos. Coupled with TriTech autofocus that provides accurate and nearly instant 0.03-second focusing and subject tracking, and exclusive PixelMaster 3.0 technology, ZenFone 3 Deluxe captures truly stunning photos and videos.

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe has a built-in fingerprint sensor that's perfectly positioned on the rear of the phone to sit underneath the user's finger and unlocks the phone in just a fraction of a second. Quick Charge 3.0 technology reduces battery recharge times and a reversible USB Type-C port that makes connecting charging and accessory cables effortless.

 

ZenFone 3 Deluxe also excels at audio with its powerful five-magnet speakers and NXP smart amplifier that provides clear, defined sound and also protects the speakers from damage. When listening over 2 of 3 certified headphones, users can enjoy Hi-Res Audio (HRA) that provides up four-times-better sound quality than CDs.

 

ZenFone 3 — Agility, Beauty, and Clarity

 

ZenFone 3 is a feature-packed smartphone that brings premium design and empowering performance to everyone. Built around a gorgeous 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) display with up to 500cd/m2 brightness, ZenFone 3 delivers an incredible visual experience that makes apps, videos, and games look their best. With a narrow bezel, ZenFone 3 provides a 77.3% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing area in a slim and compact body. The front and rear of the phone are encased with scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass that gently curves to make the edge of the phone completely smooth.

 

ZenFone 3 is equipped with a 16MP camera with ASUS TriTech autofocus that automatically selects laser, phase detection and continuous auto focus to achieve precise focus in just 0.03 seconds, resulting in sharp images in any condition.

 

ZenFone 3 is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with PC-grade graphics and 4GB RAM that together deliver outstanding mobile performance with improved efficiency and battery life. ZenFone 3 has a built-in fingerprint sensor that's perfectly positioned on the rear of the phone to sit underneath the user's finger and unlocks the phone in just a fraction of a second.

 

ZenFone 3 Ultra — Unleashed, Unlimited, and Unrivaled

 

ZenFone 3 Ultra is a smartphone designed for multimedia lovers, featuring a 6.8-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) display with up to 400cd/m2 brightness and a 95% NTSC color gamut for rich, vibrant images even outdoors in harsh lighting. ASUS-exclusive Tru2Life+ technology harnesses a high-end 4K UHD TV-grade video processor to optimize every pixel in each frame before it is displayed, resulting in superior contrast and clarity. ZenFone 3 Ultra also excels at audio with its two powerful five-magnet stereo speakers and NXP smart amplifier that provides clear, defined sound and also protects the speakers from damage. When listening over certified headphones, users can enjoy Hi-Res Audio (HRA) that provides up to four-times-better sound quality than CDs and virtual 7.1-channel surround sound with DTS Headphone:X.3 of 3

 

Like ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Ultra has an incredibly slim and elegant full-metal unibody chassis — the world's first to have no antenna lines. An ultra slim bezel gives ZenFone 3 Ultra a 79% screen-to-body ratio, maximizing the viewing area while minimizing its overall size and weight. ZenFone 3 Ultra is equipped with the same high-resolution 23MP camera with ASUS TriTech autofocus system as ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor, Adreno 510 graphics, and 4GB of RAM, ZenFone 3 Ultra delivers outstanding mobile performance. A built-in fingerprint sensor is perfectly positioned on the front of the phone beneath the user's finger and unlocks the phone in just a fraction of a second.

 

ZenFone 3 Ultra also has a high-capacity 4600 mAh battery for long-lasting performance and Quick Charge 3.0 technology for rapid recharge times. ZenFone 3 Ultra even works as a power bank with 1.5A output for quickly charging other mobile devices.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The new Zenfone 3 products will be available at ASUS authorized resellers and distributors in Q3. Please check www.asus.com/ca for additional details.

The post ASUS Announces The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe And ZenFone 3 Ultra appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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OnePlus launches OnePlus 3 Peer Review initiative to get feedback from customers

Posted: 30 May 2016 09:36 AM PDT

At some point in the (hopefully near) future, OnePlus is going to get around to officially announcing the OnePlus 3, its latest flagship handset. We already know that that will include a virtual reality shopping experience in space, and now it looks like OnePlus wants to get feedback from its customer base as well.

OnePlus has announced "The Lab," which will include peer reviews for the OnePlus 3 and perhaps future devices that OnePlus releases in the future as well. OnePlus says that they've been able to build the company with the help of its customers over the years, and they believe that customer feedback and participation is the guide that sets them on their path.

The Lab is just one of many results of that, and it will launch with the OnePlus 3, which the company aims to receive "fair, honest, crowd-sourced feedback" regarding the new handset, its features, and capabilities. The goal here, according to OnePlus, is a "comprehensive community review." What that will actually look like in the end, with so many voices, will be interesting.

OnePlus says that anyone in any region can apply to get into the reviewers slots, but in the end they'll only choose 30 people. Once the reviewers get their phones, which they'll get before anyone else, they'll have several days to put the handset through its paces.

At the time of this writing, there are five days, 22 hours, and 20 minutes remaining to apply for the reviewer position with OnePlus's The Lab, and 419 people have applied so far.

Do you plan on applying?


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VR Party Game Is A Ridiculously Confusing Virtual Reality Experience For Cardboard

Posted: 30 May 2016 07:08 AM PDT

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What if virtual reality was just reality, with a small asterisk? What if you could strap on your VR headset, regardless of the brand or technology behind them, and see the same thing that's in front of you... but mirrored? Or upside down? Or delayed by 2 seconds? Ha, what a novel idea!

VR Party Game does just that. It's a Cardboard app/game that transmits your smartphone's rear camera view onto the screen, but applies one of three special effects to confuse you.

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Google Maps v9.26.1 Adds Search Along Route For Walking And Bicycling, Changes Driving Mode FABs, Adds New Settings, And More [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 30 May 2016 06:04 AM PDT

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Google began rolling out an update to Maps v9.26.1 a few days ago, and it's sporting a handful of new features. Like so many versions of maps, there are quite a few well-hidden changes in this one, far more than the single item written in the official changelog. Most of the changes are subtle enough that you won't notice them if you're not comparing side-by-side, but they are improvements all the same.

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Google Maps v9.26.1 Adds Search Along Route For Walking And Bicycling, Changes Driving Mode FABs, Adds New Settings, And More [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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