Hi guys, this time I’ll write about the new Android Wear, which was announced last week. So what is it all about?
Its a new approach by Google to bring a new concept by creating a new development area with targeting only wearable devices.
It’s not a completely new OS, its the same android but made specifically for wearable device software development.
‘Google Says that the Android Extends to Android Wear. Richer Experience for the Wearable devices’ -
So this time, there are 2 types of designs unlike the galaxy gear and smart watch 1 and 2. You can see a circle one and a traditional square screen. As I have heard the square one is going to be manufactured by LG, which has less spec and smaller price tag, whereas the circle one will be made by Motorola with high specs.
For developers, Android wear SDK developer preview has been released, so you guys can download and try it out. Which will be a great experience in the future when the device is out in the market.
So with the help of the official article I managed to find out that you can do the below shown basic functionality.
It does not mean that you have to learn anything new, you also can use the old APIs
‘You can also trigger your notifications contextually using existing Android APIs. For example, use geofences to provide glance able information to your users when they are at home, or use the activity detection APIs to send messages to your users’ wrists while they are bicycling.’
So what are you waiting for, register for developer preview, download the sdk and start developing.
Reference : Android Wear|Path of a Coder.com
It is February – the month of GSMA Mobile World Congress which is undoubtedly, one of the largest exhibitions for the mobile industry. With much speculations that wearable tech will dominate this year’s event in Barcelona, we have already been presented with exciting stuff from Samsung.
Toady, Samsung has officially announced the next generation of their smart watch lineup with Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch was launched less than 6 months ago, along with Galaxy Note 3. If you were in the loop, you would probably know that the Galaxy Gear was more of a miss than a hit, in terms of how it was received by the industry. From day one, it had mixed reviews. Some did not like the design. But more than that, it had very limited compatibility with devices. It also came with “Samsung Apps” that lacked polishing, resulting in criticism from both consumers and experts. Hence you may understand why they had to rush to unveil the 2nd Generation so fast.
What Has Changed?
The biggest change from the 1st Generation Galaxy Gear is that the new Gear lineup comes with Tizen OS (Samsung calls it as Tizen based wearable platform). Samsung is a heavy investor in the Linux based Tizen platform. Samsung has also opted out the “Galaxy” part in the naming of the new Gear devices. They have not given a direct reason for going with Tizen. But one has to understand that the smart watch and related ecosystems are still in infant stage and even Android has very limited apps for this form factor. So, investing on Tizen (in which they have greater control, compared to Android) is a smart decision by Samsung to add more apps and grow the platform in a way to suit their own products. Remember how everyone hated the S-Voice app on the Galaxy Gear and asked for Google Now integration since the device were running Android? Well, now you have your answer. A big NO.
It is also worth mentioning that Samsung recently came to an agreement with Google that they will limit stop copying core android apps in their Galaxy devices (E.g ChatOn, S-Voice etc). Hence Tizen gives more freedom for Samsung, than Android.
Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo: Tizen for the win? (Pic courtesy – Samsung)
Something tells me that Samsung is yet to figure out a perfect mantra for their wearable product, for they have come up with not one but two new Gear 2 Smart Watches that look almost identical. Overall they have maintained the same design as their predecessor. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo sport a 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320) display, 1 GHz dual core processor (Galaxy Gear had an 800 MHz processor), 512 MB of RAM along with 4 GB of internal memory. Both smart watches are IP67 certified which means they are Dust and Water resistant. Both smart watches come with a 300 mAh battery (Galaxy Gear had a slightly larger 315 mAh battery). Samsung guarantees a 2-3 days of typical usage with a single charge, which is a good improvement. Samsung has also included IrLED Sensor (and WatchON remote app) for the devices enabling consumers to control household devices. A stand alone music player has also been included in the new generation of smart watches, which will allow users to directly output music to their headphones via Bluetooth 4.0 connection (without having to pair it with their phone.)
Samsung Focuses on Fitness
Samsung has given more importance to their S-Health app with the new smart watches. The devices come with heart rate monitor and pedometer. They can also monitor your exercise program and sleep cycle and offer real time personal fitness coaching. With an emerging trend of fitness centered wearable tech (including the rumored device from Apple), it’s not a surprise that Samsung has tried to integrate these options to the Gear line.
Gear 2 (Pic Courtesy – Samsung)
As of now you may have realized that both Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are identical. Well they are, except for the camera, which seems to be the most prominent difference. The Gear 2 comes with a 2 MP camera, which the Grear 2 Neo does not have. The camera is capable of recording HD (720p) videos. Also Samsung has moved the camera to the main body of the watch alongside the IR sensor, unlike the Galaxy Gear which had the camera on the strap. Both smart watches can perform all other regular tasks. The Gear pairs with Samsung Galaxy phones via Bluetooth using the Galaxy Gear app. Users can check incoming texts, calls, emails, tweets, etc. without having to take the phone out. Users can also make calls from the watch using a built-in speaker and microphone. The Gear line will also have an app store with number of apps. Samsung says initial lineup will include apps from the likes of CNN, Feedly, Evernote, eBay, GM, Path, PayPal, Runtastic, Weather Channel etc.
Gear 2 Neo (Pic Courtesy – Samsung)
Gear 2 weighs 68 grams while Gear 2 Neo weighs 55 grams, meaning both are lighter than the original Galaxy Gear (73.8 grams). The Gear 2 will be available in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange colours whereas the Gear 2 will be available in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange colours. Samsung is yet to reveal the prices of the devices. The new Gear smart watches are expected to be available for purchase by April.
Hit or Miss?
If you remember right the original Galaxy Gear supported only a handful of devices at the time of launch. Samsung says the new lineup will support “more than dozens of Samsung Galaxy smartphones at the time of launch”. Compared to so many other smart watches out there that support almost all latest devices, this is once again, a bit underwhelming. But Samsung seems to be focused adding value to their own Galaxy lineup of devices. They have faced huge competitions from the likes of Pebble which has probably the best smart watch on earth, which is both beautiful and functional. So if your Galaxy device happens to support the new Gear smart watches you may consider getting it, for it will be a cool companion. Else it will be another expensive music player strapped to your wrist…
Philips may be at the forefront of connected lighting with its Hue range, but could soon have a competitor in Samsung’s “Smart Bulb,” which has just popped up at the FCC. The Korean outfit first revealed plans for a wireless bulb earlier in the year, and expected to launch a three-piece kit during the third quarter, complete withZigBee hub for issuing on/off and dimming commands from mobile devices. That kit never came, but the FCC approval of this Smart Bulb, which uses ZigBee and looks mighty similar to what Sammy’s detailed before (see below the fold), suggests it’s nearly ready to illuminate your gloomy pad. Hue might have a budding adversary on its hands, but one thing’s for sure — we’re not likely to see Samsung’s effort taking a prime slot in Apple’s storefront anytime soon.
Source : http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/17/samsung-smart-bulb-fcc/
For the first time Sri Lanka will host the prestigious World Summit Award (WSA) Global Congress in October this year giving a fresh boost to the country’s fast improving profile in the ICT industry.
The three day event from 23 to 26 October will feature 40 outstanding application developers and over 60 high-profile speakers and is expected to attract over 1,000 international delegates. The multiple events will be held at the Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Kingsbury Hotel and Mount Lavinia Hotel, in Colombo.
The last WSA Global Congress was successfully held in Cairo, Egypt.
Hosted by the Information and Communications Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) this year, the objective of the global event is to present creative mobile and web applications from all over the world, whereas it will also serve as a platform to discuss the crucial role of e-content for the global economy, environment, government, healthcare, education, and mobility.
“The developers will demonstrate the richness and diversity of e-content around the globe and will show that in an almost entirely connected world, it takes quality content to fulfil the promises of the information society,” said visiting UN-based WSA Initiative Chairman Peter A. Bruck, at a press conference held last week in Colombo.
According to him, the congress will also put a special focus on social entrepreneurship and the role played by the internet and mobile phones in reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Bruck revealed that to showcase the huge potential of ICT, 18 young entrepreneurs will present their award-winning projects in categories such as fight hunger, poverty and disease, power to women and pursue truth.
“The social entrepreneurs who will present their work in Sri Lanka this year will demonstrate how new media can play a central role when addressing global issues such as hunger, child mortality, lack of education, and environmental pollution. Many of them use the problems they encounter in their daily lives as a starting point for their own work,” he added.
Opining that the event will turn Sri Lanka into a global hub for excellence in e-content, ICTA CEO Reshan Dewapura expressed that the congress would create business opportunities for the nation’s entrepreneurs and help attract foreign investments.
Speaking on how Sri Lanka is poised to host the global congress which takes place once every two years, Dewapura said: “The ICT policy of the Government of Sri Lanka has been both ambitious and successful. It includes making the dividends of ICT accrue to all the people of the country in the best way possible. One of its aims in the regional area is to make Sri Lanka the knowledge hub of the region.” He went on to say the privilege Sri Lanka has received to host the WSA Global Congress 2013 itself is a further eloquent proof that ICTA has played its role as the apex body of implementing the national ICT policy.
Source: By Shabiya Ali Ahlam for DailyFT