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iPhone 12 sizes: If Apple gives us small phones then so should Android - Android Authority
Apple seems to understand that not everyone wants a pocket tablet. Meanwhile, Android has nothing similar to offer.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 best look yet, and more tech news you need to know - Android Authority
See the Galaxy Watch 3 before it launches, Galaxy Z Flip will be faster than the Galaxy S20, and non-Samsung tech news too!
Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Thursday, June 25. With new Galaxy Watch 3 renders courtesy of Evan Blass doing the rounds, Samsungs next wearable and likely the best smartwatch for cross-platform use is getting closer. That does look good? Ignoring the leather band and assuming Samsung go with a variety of fun band designs to suit everyone, we can see some useful details now all-but-confirmed: 5ATM water resistance, Gorilla Glass DX protection, MIL-STD-810G certification, and built-in GPS. Why it matters:
- Samsungs original Galaxy Watch back in late 2018 was the great hope for a combined smartwatch and fitness trackers. Plus, the rotating bezel for interaction was super-useful.
- The Galaxy Watch Active 2 showed further improvement to an extent and showed Samsung was listening to feedback.
- Now the Watch 3 is hoped to bring even more complete features and design to an Android-focused smartwatch.
- Whats available for Android is not a high bar to clear. Devices like the Fitbit Versa 2 are great for fitness tracking and for, you know, telling you the time on your wrist, but not so much for smartwatch features.
- The Apple Watch, on the other hand, is a high bar to clear, and its just that it doesnt work on Android that keeps it from being the universal king. You need some kind of iPhone or iPad to use it well. (There are messy hacks not really worth mentioning.)
- What the Galaxy Watch 3 needs to get right is where the Apple Watch rules, in terms of all-round haptics, touch interaction, voice controls, third-party apps that work, and battery life, and mixing fitness tracking with smartwatch capabilities.
- Based on certification filings, reports, and leaks, the Galaxy Watch 3 is going to tick boxes. The rotating bezel looks to be back, as it should be, and there are must-have features like built-in GPS, a heart rate sensor, a blood pressure monitor, an ECG, and a 5ATM water resistance rating making it water-resistant at a depth of 50 meters, and Gorilla Glass protection.
- It should also pack 1GB of RAM, and reportedly run Tizen OS 5.5, as opposed to Googles problematic Wear OS.
- If Samsung wants to challenge Apple, it basically needed all these elements, plus battery life to boot.
- A recent FCC listing gave away sizes, including variants at 41 and 45mm variants, which is a slight decrease in size compared to the Galaxy Watchs 42 and 46mm models.
- Battery sizes will be 247mAh and 340mAh batteries, the same as the Galaxy Watch Active 2, which should mean two-day battery life.
- If theres a negative, itll be Tizen OS. This is Samsungs own OS its been making for years, and gives the Korean giant closer control over its hardware and software but third-party app support is nothing like Android or watchOS. Ill be watching reviews to see how Tizen has evolved. And, will Samsung dare include Bixby this time around?
- The original Bluetooth-only Galaxy Watch (42mm) launched for $375, while the 46mm model went for $400. With LTE, the price went higher.
- A $375 starting price might be the target again.
- For comparison, the latest Apple Watch 5 at 40mm starts at $399, 42mm at $429, with cellular adding $100 on top.
- In terms of when you might get it, rumors have suggested a July launch and August availability, but lots of device launches have been slipping. (Anyone seen or heard the Pixel 4a?)
5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly - Android Authority
The 320th Android Apps Weekly is out! This week we talk about a new 3DS emulator, positive changes to Spotify, and more!
Welcome to the 320th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Whatsapp received a new feature update this week. It now lets you add friends to the service with QR codes, similar to Snapchat. Each user gets their own QR code and can share those QR codes with other people. Plus, you can reset your QR code in case it becomes a little too public for your tastes. Hit the link for more details on the feature roll-out and more information.
- T-Mobile and Google partnered up this week for better RCS messaging support. People with T-Mobile can text people on other services with RCS and its actually functional. RCS is still a giant mess and the roll-out is a minor disaster. Still, this is good news and its one step closer to full support.
- Zoom launched its 5.0 update this last week. The popular video conferencing app shored up a lot of its security woes with this one. In fact, Zoom plans to lock out anyone who doesnt update to this one by May 30th. The update itself comes with stronger encryption and stronger security measures to prevent things like Zoombombing. Hit the links for more details.
- YouTube Premium users can score a free Nest Mini (formerly the Google Home Mini). Its actually a simple process. You follow this link, claim your prize, enter your details, and place an order in the Google Store. Mine should be here around June 9th or 10th, according to Google. There are some caveats. Those with family plans can only get one for the whole family and you absolutely must have YouTube Premium to get one. Hit the link above to see the whole process.
- Spotify launched an update this week. It removes the 10,000 song limit for personal libraries. This is a fairly arbitrary limit and were honestly not sure how many people hit this limit before its removal. In any case, Spotify libraries are now uncapped. You can add as much music to your library as you want.
Google clarifies how it'll show 5G icons on your phones with Android 11 - Android Authority
Android 11 introduces new network icons for 5G, but they're not exactly easy to understand.
With 5G networks and phones becoming more common by the day, Google has revealed how itll display 5G network icons on your phones with Android 11. Googles updated icons will help users tell the difference between sub-6GHz 5G, mmWave 5G, and LTE Advanced Pro networks. The new iconography will be as follows.
- LTE with carrier aggregation (LTE+)
- Advanced pro LTE (5Ge)
- sub-6GHz (5G)
- mmWave (5G+)