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WatchMaker Adds Over 1,000 Watchfaces to Samsung Gear S2, S3

Posted: 21 Jan 2017 03:21 PM PST

Want to give your Gear S2 or Gear S3 smartwatch a new look? Then we have some good news we want to share with you.

Popular watchface designer, WatchMaker just announced it plans to bring its watchfaces to two of Samsung's best known Tizen OS smartwatches, the Gear S2 and Gear S3. WatchMaker is mostly known for its Android Wear watchfaces.

The new WatchMaker app for Tizen will allow users to tap into 1,000 new watchfaces. On top of that, smartwatch owners are given the option to create their own customized watchfaces if they feel like they got what it takes, free.

The company also reveal it plans to expand support for Android Wear 2.0 when it comes out next month. The first watches to take advantage of the new wearable OS are the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style.

We're not told how much we can expect the Gear S2 or Gear S3 smartwatches to cost, but we can assume the company is going to keep the same pricing scheme it had in place with the Android Wear app.

The free app should get you 6 watch faces, 12 fonts, 15 backgrounds and the watch designer template. However, for $5.31 CAD, users could get 8 featured watch faces each week, access to a database of 1000+ faces and the option of using personal images to build watchfaces.


The post WatchMaker Adds Over 1,000 Watchfaces to Samsung Gear S2, S3 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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LG G6 Could Come with Google Assistant Onboard

Posted: 21 Jan 2017 03:21 PM PST

One trend that seems to be emerging in 2017 when it comes to smartphones is the inclusions of AI-driven virtual assistants.

Apple has had Siri for quite a while now, Microsoft has Cortana and Google put its Assistant on the Pixel phones. But in 2017, we saw HTC unveil the HTC U Ultra which comes with the Sense Companion assistant and Samsung is going to unveil Bixby with the Galaxy S8. Come MWC 2017, Nokia will probably pull the wraps off Viki, its own AI companion for its flagship phones.

Speaking of MWC 2017, LG is also expected to unveil its next-gen G6 flagships. We talked about the upcoming product extensively in a few of our articles, but today we bring you an extra piece of information on the matter.

According to Business Korea, LG is expected to jump onboard of the AI-driven virtual assistant bandwagon when it comes to the LG G6. But instead of building its own solution, it will embed the Google Assistant instead.

So far, Google's virtual companion is available only on the Pixel and Pixel XL, but if this information turns out to be correct, we're bound to see it arrive on the LG G6 soon enough.

On top of that, the Google Assistant is going to be included into Android Wear 2.0, which means we're going to see it on the upcoming LG Watch Sport and Watch Style we talked about only a few days ago.

[Business Korea]

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HTC’s smartwatch appears in new photos

Posted: 21 Jan 2017 12:45 PM PST

New photos have leaked that show HTC's upcoming Android Wear smartwatch. This smartwatch initially leaked on Weibo in October, but no announcement or teaser has come from HTC. These new photos were also released on Weibo and show the watch powered on and from a number of different angles.

HTC's smartwatch utilizes a circular display with a 360×360 resolution and no flat tire bezel on the bottom of the display. Instead, the components are packed into a ring around the display. The watch has two buttons on its edge, pogo pins on the rear and a heart rate sensor. Also notable is the Under Armour logo. HTC and UA previously partnered together to create the Healthbox platform. This smartwatch is a continuation of that partnership.

There's no word on when this smartwatch will be released, though we'd guess it won't be too far into the future. An interesting note is that the device pictured is running on a version of Android Wear 1.0, even though version 2.0 is just weeks away. It's possible that this is simply an early production model and the final version will release with the latest version of Android Wear. Nonetheless, it's something to keep in mind.

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Two Good Apps for Creating Stop-motion Videos on Android Phones

Posted: 21 Jan 2017 08:06 AM PST


Stop-motion video apps can provide students with a good way to bring their stories to to life. Through stop-motion your students can create fun, non-fiction stories to animate in Gumby-like fashion. Your students can also use stop-motion to create a timelapse of a process or event. The following two apps offer good platforms for making stop-motion videos on Android devices.

Lapse It is an Android app that makes it easy to create short time lapse videos. The app comes in two versions, free and pro. The free version is adequate for most uses, but the pro version offers additional editing effects and a much higher output resolution. To create a time lapse video with Lapse It just open the app, select "new capture," and set the timer for the frequency with which you want images captured. You can set the frequency by milliseconds, seconds, or minutes. Lapse It provides options for setting the focus, white balance, color saturation, and flash for the camera on your phone or tablet. Once you've captured all of your imagery for your time lapse video you can use Lapse It to set the number of frames per second in your playback. Lapse It also provides tools for trimming your video and adding music to your video. When you're happy with your final product you can share it to YouTube or render it in MOV, MP4, or FLV.

Stop Motion Studio lets you take as many pictures as you like and string them together in a sequence that plays back at a frame-per-second rate of your choosing. Each frame can be edited individually before you produce the final video. You can also add narration to your video within the app. Completed projects can be saved to your device and from there you can share them on YouTube or on your favorite social network.

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Sen.se Peanuts review: The coolest way to monitor your fridge, rooms, cookie jars... as long as you can rely on Bluetooth

Posted: 21 Jan 2017 04:09 AM PST

Sen.se is a relatively new entrant in the connected home and IoT space. The company's most prominent product is the Mother, an oddly shaped humanoid-like hub that connects to small "Cookies" you can intersperse everywhere to monitor motion, temperature, presence/absence. The concept is interesting: Sen.se bills it as a way to keep an eye on different things and people around your home, including how often someone brushes their teeth or when the cookie jar is opened.

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Sen.se Peanuts review: The coolest way to monitor your fridge, rooms, cookie jars... as long as you can rely on Bluetooth was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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