Samsung has let slip on the price of their Gear VR headset.
Although the world was expecting the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 last week, not many could have predicted the unveiling on Samsung’s foray into virtual reality. The Gear VR stems from a partnership with virtual reality kings, Oculus, and offers a way for millions of people to experience the delights of 3D virtual reality. Apart from a handful of demos showcasing some of the tech involved behind it, Samsung was remarkably quiet on releasing any solid details behind it.
However, in a recent interview, a Samsung rep has spilled the beans on the price of the Gear VR. At $199, the Gear VR won’t be overly expensive, but it does require a Galaxy Note 4 to work. We expect the Note 4 to be a very expensive device, so this could end up being a costly package.
Google’s slideshow app is a mixed bag of limited editing options and great collaboration
Originally announced back in April as part of a trio of new apps – along with Docs and Sheets – to replace Quickoffice, Slides has finally arrived on Android. Was it worth the wait? Well, Google’s presentation app is a bit of a mixed bag. As with the Docs and Sheets Android apps (reviewed in issue 40), it’s integrated with Google Drive and files are saved automatically there so you should never lose any changes. They can also be pinned to the device for offline editing – but not playing for some reason.
One of the key selling points of Slides is the ease with which you can collaborate with colleagues on documents. Just tap an icon and you can quickly share it with individuals or groups and choose whether they’re allowed to edit, make comments or just view it. Real-time collaboration is possible and other users’ changes appear almost instantly. A colour-coded outline shows which element they currently have selected, but there doesn’t seem to be a way of viewing their comments (other than via email alerts) or making your own. Nor can you open a chat window to talk to other users, as on the web version of Slides – available as a Chrome browser extension.
Editing options are another area where the Android app is noticeably inferior to the web version. When adding a new slide, you are limited to a mere six layout options and there’s no way to move or resize any of the boxes. Nor can you add or alter themes, images, transitions or animations, although it does still show those added via the web and the presentations play perfectly. Instead you’re limited mainly to editing the text and formatting it. For this purpose there are a decent array of options, including ten fonts and a choice of text and highlight colours. Paragraph settings include vertical positioning, line spacing and the ability to add a number or bullet list – but no variations for these. Finally, there are Shape options to determine the box fill colour, outline weight and dash type. You can also view and add speaker notes.
Build your very own Raspberry Pi robot with issue 2 of RasPi mag
The new issue of RasPi mag is packed full of tutorials, tips and tricks to help you get more from the powerful Raspberry Pi computer. This time around users can learn how to Build their very own Raspberry Pi robot, or even learn how to take photos with the Raspberry Pi.
Coding fans will love the guide to coding with Sonic Pi and getting to grips with the GPIO port that often leaves users confused.
As usual, you can also expect all your questions answered by our resident experts in our Talking Pi section.
Take a look at what’s in store with the new Moto X and Moto G devices
This year’s IFA has arguably been the best one yet, but that hasn’t stopped Motorola from putting on a separate show and reminding us why they’re a company on the rise. We’ve got details of all four devices they’ve recently announced.Moto X
Yes, this year’s Moto X will carry the same name as its predecessor. Apart from the name, nearly everything else has changed. First and foremost, you’ll find the Moto X sporting a metal design, not fake metal, but actual metal. The screen is bigger at 5.2-inches with a true 1080p resolution and the camera has been bumped up to 13-megapixels and can now record in 4K.
As you’d expect from Motorola, it’ll be running Android 4.4.4 at launch, with the promise of Android L as soon as it launches. Similarly, you’ll also find a purely stock Android interface used, but with a few additional Moto touches along the way. What we also liked about the new device is how customisable it now is. Users have a range of options to choose from to kit their phone out to their exact specification.
Temple Run, Gunner and new games from the creators of Rock Band, Monument Valley and The Room are the first planned launches for the Note 4’s Oculus Rift-powered headset.
A number of developers have announced they are working on games for Samsung’s Gear VR, the new virtual reality headset powered by Oculus.
Journalists were also able to try out a first-person version of Temple Run on the Gear VR at Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin yesterday. Imangi Studios have confirmed the endless runner will be available at Gear VR’s launch.The creators of Monument Valley are developing Land’s End for Gear VR
The creators of Monument Valley, UsTwo Games, have announced they are working on a new game for Gear VR as well. Called Land’s End, UsTwo Games described it on Twitter as a “surreal trip through an archipelago of forgotten worlds.”
Promising good specs for a decent price, will the Desire 820 beat some of its high-end counterparts?
The Desire 820 is HTC’s next entry into the mid-range smartphone market. It encompasses the strong design aesthetics in the One series, but adds a nice but of colour to help differentiate it from the competition. It’s one of the first mid-range 64-bit smartphones on the market and also one of the first to use Snapdragon’s 615 processor. Although no confirmed price, HTC has confirmed the Desire 820 is being marketed as a mid-range phone available near the end of September.HTC Desire 820 specifications Size: 157.7 x 78.74 x 7.74 mm Weight: 155g Display: 5.5-inch, HD 720 Processor: SnapdragonTM 615, 1.5 GHz Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable to 128GB) Camera: 13MP rear, 8MP front Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 OS: Android 4.4 with HTC Sense skin
Want previews and reviews on the latest Android devices? Make sure to check out the latest issue of Android Magazine.