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Fossil Gen 5E brings more affordable Wear OS smartwatches w/ Snapdragon 3100 from $249 - 9to5Google
Fossil is debuting some more affordable Wear OS smartwatches with its Fossil Gen 5E lineup, available this month from $249.
This year’s crop of Wear OS smartwatches had a couple of big highlights with perhaps the biggest being Fossil’s Gen 5 lineup. Options such as the Skagen Falster 3 really stood out compared to other Wear OS watches, but as usual, Fossil’s hardware doesn’t come cheap. Now, Fossil Gen 5E is delivering a more affordable smartwatch. The Fossil Gen 5E carries much of the same hardware as the Fossil Gen 5 released in late-2019 but cuts down on the overall cost. On paper, the spec list is mostly the same. It’s using the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, has 1GB of RAM, has NFC, one-day battery life, rapid magnetic charging, and Google’s Wear OS with Fossil’s smart battery modes. Two notable cuts on Gen 5E are that, first, storage is cut in half to 4GB. I’m willing to bet most people won’t notice. Second, GPS is limited to a “tether,” meaning it pulls from your smartphone instead of a built-in GPS. This one might be annoying for runners, but that’s not really the target market for this hardware anyway. The biggest change on Gen 5E is that this hardware lacks the two extra buttons. There’s still a single button that acts as a rotating crown, but the two customizable shortcut buttons are gone. The other notable change on Fossil Gen 5E is that there’s now a 42mm size that’s designed for women, but the men’s version remains at 44mm. Both models have 1.19-inch AMOLED displays and are 12mm thick but use 18mm and 22mm bands, respectively. Fossil Gen 5E will be available starting at $249. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
OnePlus ‘Clover’ allegedly costs $200 w/ low-end specs, arrival in the US - 9to5Google
OnePlus is reportedly working on another more affordable smartphone, this time with a device known as "Clover" that may cost around $200.
Following the debut of the mid-range OnePlus Nord, it seems the company isn’t done with lowering the barrier of entry to its lineup. Today, a report claims that “OnePlus Clover” is around the corner with a $200 price tag and the specs to match. Android Central today reported on OnePlus Clover, an entry-level smartphone that an “insider source” confirmed could be launching “imminently.” The device apparently aims for a price around $200. Clover allegedly offers up a Snapdragon 460 chipset to power the experience which is backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. That’s a big step down from the Snapdragon 765G in the OnePlus Nord and Snapdragon 730 in the Pixel 4a, but it’s also probably better than the MediaTek alternatives we usually see at this price point. OnePlus Clover will also apparently use a 6.52-inch display, but it will be an LCD panel at just HD+/720p resolution. Further on the spec sheet listed, there’s mention of microSD support and a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. A 13MP primary camera sits on the back which has two, 2MP auxiliary lenses. Rounding things out there’s a headphone jack which, notably, would make this the first device from OnePlus to offer that “feature” in over two years. Another big highlight here is the use of a massive 6,000 mAh battery that also supports 18W fast charging. By comparison, OnePlus Nord uses a 4,115 mAh. So… wow. Apparently, OnePlus Clover will be launching in markets globally and, unlike Nord, that includes the United States. That lines up with a previous quote from OnePlus itself where the company teased more affordable devices hitting the market. The $200 price point puts OnePlus in the midst of a pretty competitive market and, really, there’s not a whole lot here that makes the company stand out aside from perhaps the battery capacity. For now, we’ll have to wait and see if the full reveal or other details change that tone. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Mobvoi’s latest TicWatch GTX ditches Wear OS for 10-day battery, $59 price - 9to5Google
Mobvoi has ditched Wear OS on its latest smartwatch, the TicWatch GTX, to offer a more affordable smartwatch at just $59 with better battery too.
Mobvoi is known best in the US for its TicWatch lineup, consistently offering some of the best, more affordable smartwatches with Google’s Wear OS. On its latest release, though, Mobvoi is debuting the TicWatch GTX, a super-affordable smartwatch that replaces Google’s Wear OS. Available for pre-order today, the TicWatch GTX is Mobvoi’s first smartwatch hitting the United States without Google’s Wear OS since the short-lived TicWatch 2 back in 2017. Why go for another OS? Mobvoi’s goals with this watch make it pretty clear. For one, TicWatch GTX costs just $59, meaning specs that are well below what would make a Wear OS smartwatch run especially well. That includes an RLC8762C processor and just 160kb of RAM. The other reason? Battery life. On this watch, Mobvoi claims a whopping 10 days on a charge, far outlasting any Wear OS watch. That’s on the power-saving mode, though. “Regular” use only offers seven days of battery. TicWatch GTX includes support for 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, over a dozen different workout modes, and an IP68 rating for water resistance. In terms of size, it’s a 48mm chassis with a 1.28-inch TFT display. Mobvoi hasn’t shown the ODM OS (own device manufacturer) in detail yet, but it’s clearly not as advanced as Wear OS. That means you’ll have fewer watch face choices too, but Mobvoi is including a feature that pulls photos from your phone. There are a little over 20 watch faces in total, four of which are pre-loaded on the watch. The band is 20mm and GTX is only available in black. Mobvoi is opening pre-orders for TicWatch GTX today on its own website and users can get a 10% discount, too. The watch will be available to everyone on Amazon and Mobvoi.com for $59 on September 3. Mobvoi announces pre-order for new affordable smartwatch, TicWatch GTX Mobvois latest affordable smartwatch, available to pre-order from today, includes 14 workout modes, personalized watch faces and up to 10 days battery life San Francisco, CA August 20, 2020 Mobvoi, leading AI wearable company, backed by Google, is launching TicWatch GTX, its new affordable smartwatch offering value for money alongside essential and simplistic functionality. Mobvoi observed a need for a lower price point smartwatch in the market and have developed the watch to include everyday essentials including workout functionality, sleep tracking, and push notifications. Optimized for your everyday fitness and wellbeing The TicWatch GTX boasts several apps to track health, offering 24/7 health monitoring without the need for a smartphone, including a comprehensive, real-time history of your hearts health and steps taken on an hourly basis. Fitness tracking is enabled by 14 workout modes including running, cycling, swimming, and yoga, meaning you can track your fitness whether at home or away. Sleep tracking helps users keep on top of their sleeping habits, providing proactive sleep tracking which automatically detects and tracks sleep without tapping any buttons. All of the data is available through the Mobvoi app or directly accessible on TicWatch GTX. Keeping up to date and on-trend The TicWatch GTX keeps you connected with friends and family at all times with notification support for incoming calls and messages. Additional functions include music control, stopwatch, timer, weather, torchlight, and Find My Phone, for the ultimate hands-free experience. Alongside four preloaded watch faces to choose from, the TicWatch GTX allows users to personalize their smartwatch more than ever before, with the option to use photos from your mobile phones camera reel. An additional 17 watch faces can be downloaded from the Mobvoi app. Design and performance TicWatch GTX battery is optimized for long-lasting durability and performance. With up to 10 days of battery life, depending on usage, users can count on the battery lasting. The watch will sustain seven days of battery life with regular use, while those wishing to conserve battery can opt for Power Saving Mode, which can last up to 10 days. Alongside performance, the Mobvoi design team has worked on advancing the design to allow for swimming. The durable 20mm thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) band and IP68 water and sweatproof rating, make this smartwatch the perfect swimming companion. Pricing and availability Mobvois TicWatch GTX is available to pre-order from today from Mobvoi.com for a 10% discount. On September 3, the TicWatch GTX will be available to buy from Amazon and Mobvoi.com for the suggested price of USD $59.99 / GBP £54.99 / EUR 59.99 / CAD $79.99 / AUD $89.99. The TicWatch GTX is available in black. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Pixel 4a comes w/ ‘Eclipse’ live wallpaper that puts battery life front and center - 9to5Google
Google's new budget Pixel 4a comes with some exclusive wallpapers including the "Eclipse" live wallpaper and some other fun options.
Every Google Pixel device comes pre-loaded with a collection of neat live wallpapers, and the recently-launched Pixel 4a comes with an exclusive wallpaper by the name of “Eclipse.” Available in the Google Wallpapers app, “Eclipse” is a pretty simple and straightforward live wallpaper. The wallpaper is blue (purple if you use dark mode, via Droid-Life) and drains away the color as your battery is depleted. Seen above and below, my battery is at around 50%, which leaves only a portion of the screen colored. At the start of the day with a full charge, the black portion of the wallpaper is significantly smaller. It’s a neat, subtle effect that’s very reminiscent of “Horizon” from the original Pixel, which similarly adjusted its look based on your battery life. It’s very possible this wallpaper could also arrive on Google’s other two Pixel releases later this year, but for now, it’s only on Pixel 4a. Pixel 4a also comes with another collection of still wallpapers that are… playful. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
[Update: Photographer speaks out] Some Android phones can be bricked using this wallpaper - 9to5Google
For reasons unclear, this simple image has the ability to crash and soft-brick some Android phones when it is set as a wallpaper.
Have you ever heard of those message strings or files that you can send to other users to cause their phone to reboot? We’ve heard the storya few timesmainly on iPhones and now there’s a seemingly similar issue affecting some Android devices. A simple picture has the ability to soft-brick some Android phones if it’s set as the wallpaper, and we’re not entirely sure why. Please do not try this yourself. Ice Universe, a leaker who focuses on Samsung products primarily, recently tweeted about an image file that was causing some smartphones especially Samsung models to crash and soft-brick. What exactly is a soft-brick? That’s when the device can’t be used in one way or another, but can be fixed using relatively simple methods such as deleting a file or resetting the device. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, this simple image is causing some Android phone to crash and then enter a state of being soft-bricked when the image is set as a wallpaper. Upon being set, the device crashes and continually turns the screen on and off on the lockscreen. There’s no way to leave this loop as even a reboot causes the phone to keep doing this after turning back on. I tested this out on my own Pixel 2 again, please don’t try it yourself. Sure enough, the phone did exactly as described above when I set it as a wallpaper. Notably, the image didn’t cause any problems when in the Google Photos app, so presumably, this isn’t the kind of issue that could cause problems when the image is simply sent to a user via text or email. We strongly encourage that you don’t try this yourself. We’re not linking or uploading the image itself for that reason. You can see in the video below what happened to my Pixel 2 unit as a result of setting the image as my wallpaper. Apparently, though, this doesn’t affect all Android smartphones. Android Authority says that a Huawei Mate 20 Pro they tested didn’t have any problems. Twitter users replying to Ice found that OnePlus phones may also be immune along with some devices from other brands. The OnePlus Launcher applies wallpapers to the Android phone’s launcher only, not the system, so this makes sense. Why might this be happening? Really, we’re not sure. It could be that there’s some corrupt metadata attached to this image that Android doesn’t play nicely with. I couldn’t find any direct evidence of that, but I did find that the embedded color profile on this image references Skia, the graphics engine that Android uses. Could that be related? I’m not sure. Ice notes in a follow-up tweet that uploading the image to Weibo altered the colors slightly and, after that, it became harmless. Another user found that altering the image seemed to prevent issues as well. This somewhat backs up the idea it could be the metadata as uploading or altering images can sometimes strip it of metadata. If you decide to ignore our warning and try this for yourself (seriously, please don’t), you should be able to recover your device by either resetting it completely (using the bootloader) or by entering safe mode and deleting the file from the device from there. Update: After doing some digging, we’ve got a bit more information to share on this issue. Our own Dylan Roussel discovered that his Pixel 4 XL running on Android 11 was not affected by the issue while a Pixel 3 XL on Android 10 was. He was able to then figure out what was causing problems. Specifically, this is an issue with the color space of this specific image. Typically, Android wants to display sRGB, but this image uses the RGB color space instead. On Android 11, the system converts the color space (if it’s not already supported), but on Android 10 it does not. This isn’t an issue with this image in particular, as others could cause the same problem. You can read Dylan’s full thread for a more technical look at what’s going on behind the scenes, too. … if the current display supports it. If it isn't supported, it will replace the Color Space of the image to SRGB, and it will log its current Color Space. This is why it doesn't crash on the Pixel 4 XL. However, on the Pixel 3 XL with Android 10… — Dylan Roussel (@evowizz) May 31, 2020 Update 6/3: Just a few days after this issue was revealed, Google is apparently working on a fix. A mention in AOSP spotted by Mishaal Rahman on Twitter shows that Google already has an “internal solution” for the issue which is being reviewed at the moment. It’s not specified what that fix is or how it might arrive, but given we already know Android 11 patches this issue, it seems like this would be a fix coming to older versions. Hi all, sincerely thanks for your contribution, we have an internal solution under reviewing. Update 6/10: A few days after the story broke, the original photographer of this “cursed” photo has come out. Gaurav Agrawal says he shot the photo at St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park in Montana. After taking the shot, Agrawal told me that he edited it in Lightroom and exported in the “ProPhoto RGB” format instead of standard sRGB. Presumably, that’s where the problem occurred. Agrawal has the original photo uploaded on his Flickr account. He also took part in a brief interview with BBC on the matter. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Wear OS powers Hublot’s ‘Big Bang e’ luxury smartwatch for $5,200 - 9to5Google
Google's Wear OS platform has debuted on another luxury smartwatch, the Big Bang e from Hublot, the company's first ever smartwatch.
Google’s Wear OS isn’t moving the needle when it comes to smartwatch shipments for most customers, but the platform has been very popular in one area luxury smartwatches. Today, watchmaker Hublot has announced the “Big Bang e,” a luxury watch with premium materials and Google’s Wear OS. Hublot has been making traditional watches in Switzerland since 1980, but the Big Bang e is the company’s first-ever smartwatch. The design of the new watch is closely modeled after the Big Bang, a traditional timepiece that Hublot first released in 2005 and has since released several variants of. Hardware is the key selling point of the Big Bang e which makes sense given the $5,200 starting price of this watch. It comes in two variants titanium ($5,200) and black ceramic ($5,800). Both offerings sit at 42mm for the physical casing with a sapphire crystal display over the AMOLED display. There’s a rotary crown too which can scroll through the UI and act as a button. The Big Bang e is available in a 42 mm case, made from a choice of titanium or ceramic. The hour numerals are metallised underneath the scratchproof sapphire crystal, which is covered with an AMOLED high definition touchscreen. Just like a mechanical version of the Big Bang, its rotary crown with integrated pusher is used to activate the controls for its electronic module. The hardware here is also 3ATM rated for water resistance and uses a rubber strap on both models. Under the hood, there’s also a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage a pretty standard Wear OS package in 2020. A bit out of the ordinary, though, is the lack of both GPS and NFC, the latter a killer for those invested in Google Pay. The battery inside is also only 300 mAh with only an estimate of a single day. On the software front, Wear OS is still Wear OS with Google Play, Assistant, and plenty of apps and watchfaces. Hublot includes some of its own watchfaces and also a couple of features, too. There’s a Perpetual Calendar which can show the moon phase. Hublot also included a special watchface as part of the #HublotLovesArt movement which changes color throughout the day. Transferring their traditional expertise into this new digital environment, the designers in Nyon have developed new watch functionalities. Apart from the “Time Only” analogue function, the Big Bang e features exclusive interpretations of traditional watch complications, such as a Perpetual Calendar with an immaculately precise moon phase or a second GMT time zone, which presents the earth in a very realistic way. These functionalities have been revisited and enhanced to take advantage of the possibilities offered by the digital world. The Hublot Big Bang e has no release date just yet, but it will be available in the US, Europe, UK, and China too. You can sign up to be notified about the launch on Hublot’s website. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
New Samsung Galaxy Watch models hit FCC w/ specs, tipped to have physical rotating bezel - 9to5Google
A new set of Samsung Galaxy Watch models have passed through the FCC this week revealing sizes, specs, and more ahead of launch.
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch lineup is often regarded as the best smartwatch for Android users, and now it appears an updated model is coming. Rumors have been going around for a few months at this point, but now a new Samsung Galaxy Watch has passed through the FCC, even offering the first look at the hardware. A handfulofFCCdocuments spotted by Droid-Life confirm that, not only is Samsung working on an updated Galaxy Watch, but that its release probably isn’t all that far away. These documents show off the LTE variants of these new watches, carrying the model numbers SM-R845 and SM-R855. Further documents show off WiFi-only models as SM-R840 and SM-R850. Those numbers line up with the previous Galaxy Watch releases, specifically the non-Active models. Better than model numbers, though, is what the mockups of these new smartwatches show us a handful of specs. Apparently, the new Samsung Galaxy Watch will offer a 45mm case made out of stainless steel as well as a second variant with a 41mm case. The watch will also offer Gorilla Glass DX, 5ATM water resistance, MIL-STD-810G durability, support for GPS, and also LTE as mentioned above. In a further report, SamMobile reveals that Samsung is keeping the physical rotating bezel around on this updated hardware. Samsung’s last Galaxy Watch offered this feature, but following the release of two Galaxy Watch Active models ditching the feature, it was unclear if a new model would keep it. We’re not sure when Samsung plans to launch the new Galaxy Watch, but the fact they’ve passed through the FCC hints that a launch could be imminent. If not, my bet would be at the Note 20 launch in August. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Galaxy Note 10: 5 reasons you should still consider this ‘all-action’ Android [Video] - 9to5Google
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 might have been superseded by the S20 series, but that doesn't mean it isn't still a fantastic smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 might have been superseded by the S20 series, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a fantastic smartphone. While the Note 10 series is also set for a refresh over the coming months, with the better part of a year since the release of the “all-out” Samsung, we’re now in a greater position to assess what the smartphone offers. Samsung might be chasing a foldable future with impressive hardware like the Galaxy Z Flip, but there is a real hardcore Note fanbase that want all of the best Galaxy traits in a form factor that promotes productivity and exudes raw power right out of the box. As we mentioned in our initial review, the lines between the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series has become more blurred than ever and even more so with the release of the mammoth Galaxy S20 Ultra. That doesn’t discount just how good the Note series remains in 2020, though. Plenty of other challengers have hit the market, all vying for your attention. Even so, the Galaxy Note 10 particularly the Note 10+ is still one of the best phones you can buy right now. So with that in mind, here are 5 reasons why you should consider this “all action” Android powerhouse. S Pen This time around, the only real differentiator between the Galaxy S series and the Galaxy Note 10 is the inclusion of the S Pen, which still remains a souped-up stylus. Samsung hasn’t really made any massive changes to the main S Pen formula since the Note 8 series. Some new sensors have been the height of the upgrades. However, this isn’t a bad thing, as it remains a fantastic productivity tool and is still the best smartphone stylus on the market. As a work-focused embedded accessory, the S Pen is borderline perfect. While not all new features are perfect, the air gestures might be ideal for a presentation scenario or for when taking group photos. The S Pen might not be the most useful addition to all, but to a select few, it remains one of the core reasons to stick with the Note series. Battery With a sizeable 4,300mAh battery in the Note 10+, the larger device is destined to be an all-day smartphone for most people out there. The caveat here is that the Snapdragon model outlasts its Exynos brethren by a fair margin. While your own mileage may vary, the Note 10+ is more than likely to be able to keep up with even the most hectic of days with a little juice left in the tank. The fact Samsung ditched Quick Charge 2.0 for USB-C Power Delivery is another bonus as you can now top up with the 25W charger in the box, or alternatively, a separate 45W charger. Design Samsung hardware has come on so far since ditching the ugly plastic designs that it feels like a completely different OEM at times. The Galaxy Note 10+ takes design cues from some other devices, but the result is one of the best phones Samsung has to offer. It is still one of the best designs on any smartphone available today. The curved glass around the display almost seamlessly transitions into the side frame, with soft curves melting into the gorgeous Aura back glass panel. Two-tone colors have been growing in popularity, but the Aura Glow Note 10+ is the pinnacle of colorful smartphones. Samsung has nailed the design on the Note 10 series from start to finish. Display We’ve seen the Galaxy S20 up the ante even further with the introduction of 120Hz to the S series, but with framerate caps at FHD+ resolution, the Note 10 display still hangs with the best in the business. The boxy shape of the phone also helps minimize the appearance of bezels, to the point where it feels like an almost complete screen. When set at the QHD+ resolution, there are very few smartphones that have a display that looks this good. Samsung continues the tradition of the best smartphone displays with the Note 10+, and the first time you use this display you’ll understand why. One UI Android 10 is now widely available for most of 2019’s top-tier Galaxy flagships including the Note 10 series. However, Samsung has always been slightly ahead of the curve in many regards with their own One UI skin. One UI 2.1 is now available to download, with this update that bringing some Galaxy Z Flip features and more to the slightly older handsets. Included within the extra features are new camera modes and gallery tweaks, plus more on top. They join the already impressive One UI feature-set that includes even features that stock Android has yet to add. While OS updates are a little bit behind the Pixel series, most Samsung fans prefer having far more options out of the box. Where can I get the best deal on Note 10+? Now that the dust has had enough time to settle, the Samsung Galaxy Note+ can be had for a far cheaper price than at any other time. It can be had as low as $639 refurbished, which nets you the 256GB of storage model. Other retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, and Target, alongside local carriers, also have excellent trade-in offers on the latest Note series, too. More on Samsung: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news: