From the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to the Sharp Aquos Crystal, here’s everything we expect to see at IFA 2014.
This part of the year is always an exciting time to be an Android enthusiast, and this year is no different. IFA 2014, taking place in Berlin from 5 to 10 September, is set to be the best yet for Android users, as the likes of Sony, Samsung, Huawei and ASUS are all set to take the stage to show off their products. We’ve put together a quick guide at what you can expect to see announced at IFA 2014.We already know that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA, but what it consists of is still anybody’s guess. We reckon it’ll include an octa-core processor and follow the same metal build of the recently announced Galaxy Alpha. Expect it to be released soon after its announcement as well. There’s also news of Samsung’s new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S. There’s been several leaks on the LG G Watch R(including our very own guide to it) and it looks set to compete against the Moto 360 for the title of best smartwatch. LG are also lining up the announcement of their cut-price phablet, the LG G3 Stylus. ASUS are keen to get in the smartwatch glory hunt with their own Zenwatch. Little is known about the device itself, so it’ll be interesting to see what it offers. We could also potentially see a new ASUS Pad announced. The beautiful Ascend Mate 7 is set to be Huawei’s new flagship device. It’s going to be packing a premium design and high performance specifications, but little is known an regional availability and price. There’s also the Sharp Aquos Crystal, which looks to be the world’s first bezeless phone.
Away from IFA, Motorola will be holding their own event on 4 September, where we will see the announcement of the Moto 360, a new Moto X and a follow-up to the Moto G.
A new option to share photos and videos with contacts, but is Slingshot any good?
Created by Facebook, this new app lets you share photos and short videos with friends. Since the sent items disappear for good when swiped away by the recipient, there are obvious comparisons with Snapchat. However, Slingshot operates on an entirely different basis. Rather than simply viewing friends’ sent photos at will, you only get to see a pixelated version – to view the picture proper you first need to sling your own message to the sender. It’s an intriguing idea that encourages users to participate in a two-way process rather than just sitting back and viewing – like a lot of non-posting folks on Facebook do, indeed. It takes some getting used to the concept, but once a ‘conversation’ is initiated there’s soon a natural flow to it as photos – and reactions (more about that later) – are sent back and forth.
Upon launching the application for the first time, a text confirmation code is sent to your phone number – this should all work automatically, but there’s an option to enter the code manually if not.
You then get an option to search your contacts and Facebook friends for any Slingshot users. You can also send an invite via any social network or messaging service. Once ready to roll, you’re presented with a camera view; using the front or rear camera, either tap the shutter button for a photo or hold it to record a short video. You can then add a text caption and even draw on it, choosing a colour and thickness.
Find out how to supercharge your web searches, edit images in Google+ and get the most out of Play Music All Access in the Google Tips & Tricks Volume 2 revised edition bookazine
Find out how to supercharge your web searches, edit images in Google+ and get the most out of Play Music All Access in the Google Tips & Tricks Volume 2 revised edition bookazine.
Google has become such a huge part of our lives, that it’s been accepted into our everyday vocabulary. And as the company branches out from just search, it’s become even more integral to us all. Whether you have an Android phone, use Google Maps to get directions, or have a Gmail account, the more you can learn about the apps it offers, the better.
This is wher Google Tips & Tricks Volume 2 comes in. In all good shops now for £9.99 and availalbe for slightly less as a digital download,this book is packed with tips and tricks that will show you how to get more from the likes of Chrome, Play, Drive, Google+, Blogger and more. This revised edition also covers Chromecast and the latest updates.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 is a giant of a tablet in both size and price
Tablets vary in size a lot these days, and which size you prefer your tablet will depend to a large extent on how you plan to use it. If your need is for a constant companion that lends itself to doubling as an ereader then you might prefer a smaller tablet than the Galaxy TabPRO 12.2.
One thing is certain – anyone selecting the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 is going to get a tablet that’s not the easiest thing to throw into a bag or the lightest to carry around. The overall size of 204 x 295.6 x 7.95mm and weight of a massive 734g are an immediate problem if you like to travel light. It’s certainly not ideal for one-handed use, either. This is a tablet you are more likely to prop up to use, or grasp in two hands.
On the other side of the coin, you do get a massive screen here at 12.2 inches with a resolution that shows its capabilities off to great effect. The 2560 x 1600 pixels are simply wonderful to look at.
Will the LG G Watch R be the surprise winner of the next generation of smartwatches?
Do I really need to say anything? The thing is beautiful!
But anyway. LG has lifted the lid on its latest venture into the smartwatch market and boy are we impressed. The LG G Watch R uses all the same innards as its predecessor, so you’ll find the same 4GB of storage, Snapdragon 400 processor and 512MB of RAM all available to you. But LG has listened to consumer feedback and made some big changes in other areas.
For one, the G Watch R actually looks like a watch you would wear and now includes a stylish circular interface. It’s also predominantly made from stainless steel, which should bump up the price tag a fair amount too. We expect to hear more from LG about their new smartwatch at IFA next week.
The Samsung Gear S will be the first 3G-enabled smartwatch. Read more about it below.
It seems Samsung isn’t waiting to IFA to show off some of its latest devices. The Gear S is their next attempt at a smartwatch and although it follows in the same footsteps as its predecessors, there are several noticeable changes and improvements to note. For one, the Gear S will include a curved display. It’s arguably more aesthetically pleasing than the clunky dial on some of the current competition and should make it a bit comfier to wear as well.
It includes the same two-inch AMOLED display as the original Gear smartwatches, but will be the first smartwatch to run Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen. Arguably the biggest addition is the inclusion of 3G, which will enable users to stay connected to their smartphones without the need for Bluetooth.
The Samsung Gear S will come pre-loaded with Samsung’s own S Health app and also Nike’s running software, making it a suitable substitution from the range of fitness bands already on the market. Although the 300mAh battery might not sound like much, it should provide users with nearly two days of use before needing to be charged.