There are Watch faces on Android Wear that stand out as something seriously unique. Some of them require a healthy relationship with binary, while others rely on simple glance memorization to help you get the time. Among the ranks of the latter is Primary Colors Watch Face, and it really does stand out. With a colorful twist on how to tell time, it's also got a few customization features to make sure it displays to your satisfaction.
Let's take a look.
Primary Colors is a default black background with bright cones of color that appear where 12, 3, 6, and 9 would usually appear. The colors that appear within the cones can't be adjusted, but different colors dominate at different periods of the day or when you switch between the 12 and 24 hour mode. There really isn't much to see here, and you can tell that it's a specific design choice. It works well too, telling time using colors without anything else displayed on your smartwatch screen. It's a fantastic watch face for anyone who enjoys something with a futuristic flair, without being weighed down in customization options.
You do get access to a few features that can adjust the ways things look by using your smartphone. There aren't many options, and all of them retain the clean and minimal look that helps to define this watch face. You can change the background, switch between 12 or 24 hour mode, and give a digital readout of the time. There is also a toggle switch to turn a demo mode on and off, which helps to show you how the colors on your smartwatch tell the time.
Reading the time using just the intended method of the colored cones is mostly something you have to teach yourself to do at a glance. Out of the box it can be a bit pesky. Each cone counts as an hour and will slowly fill with color to show the passing of time. This is not ideal to begin with since there are only 4 cones, which can make it difficult to tell what time it is later in the evening. The color that fills them helps to denote what time it is, both by how full the cone is and the color which is linked to a particular hour. It's not particularly efficient, or easy to read. You can view the demo mode on your smartwatch which will show the various colors and passage of time at an advanced rate, to give you a visual example. Overall the colors aren't a great way to tell the time, and we'd suggest enabling the digital time readout at first.
If you've been looking for something futuristic, and different for your watch face, then make sure you check out the Primary Colors watch face. It's available now for free on the Google Play Store and might be worth your time. It's not necessarily going to be a great choice for everyone, but if you're in the market for something really different, this could be it. Are you a fan of the Primary Color watch face, or do you prefer something more traditional when you check your smartwatch?
BlackBerry is ready to make a splash with an Android phone — here's what we know so far.
For a while there, it seemed as though BlackBerry had a good handle on keeping their upcoming slider under wraps but over the past few weeks, the device has been popping up seemingly everywhere. As expected, there was some sketchy rumors, then came some pretty spot on leaks of renders of the device and software, then came the typical blurry cam images, then some higher quality images and most recently a somewhat decent hands-on video.
Although it might seem as though everything possible has been leaked, when you look back at it all, there's still a lot to learn about the device that was once known as the BlackBerry Venice but is likely to launch as the BlackBerry Priv. With all of that in mind, we figured it would be a good idea to lay out what exactly is known about the device thanks to all the leaks thus far and point out a few things that remain a bit of a mystery.
Online retailer Expansys is offering quite a deal on the 64GB variant of the Nexus 6, slashing the price down to only $369. Normally, the 64GB Nexus 6 goes for $550, but the retailer is offering a $180 savings right now.
Motorola solidifies its position as the meat and potatoes of Android and serves up another helping of a palatable (if predictable) smartphone.
There's not a lot about the 2015 version of the Moto X — that is, the Pure Edition, or Moto X Style if you're outside the United States — that should surprise you, if you've at all been paying attention to what Motorola's been doing the past few years. Attractive (if not innovative) design. Stock Android, with a minimum of add-ons — and what custom software there is complements the Android experience instead of piling on.
That's been Motorola's MO since it got back to business in 2013, and it's Motorola's MO with its latest flagship smartphone.
So is this the phone to get at this point of 2015? Well, it depends.
With the rollout of Google Play Services 8.1 complete, Google has outlined the changes for developers to help them get their apps ready to make full use of it. Included in Play Services 8.1 is a number of new features and functionality, some of which you may visually see integrated into your favorite apps, and others come as behind the scenes changes.
According to new support documents, Telus is expecting to push the upcoming Android Marshmallow update to both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 beginning October 5. Google is hosting an event on September 29, in which it will likely reveal new hardware, along with more information about the release of the new OS.
Google and Samsung both want to handle your mobile payments, and each has its benefits.
Well this is all pretty confusing, isn't it? If you have a Samsung phone in the U.S. chances are you have two new apps on your phone — Android Pay, and Samsung Pay. Well, you have an Android phone from Samsung so we suppose that makes sense, but while these apps both aim to do the same thing — handle your mobile payments — they aren't actually related in any way. On the other side of things if you don't have a Samsung phone but you're starting to see plenty of advertising for Samsung Pay, you may be confused as to why you can't have it.
We're here to clarify the situation, explain the differences between these two payment platforms and help you choose which one to use and care about.
Samsung's Gear VR is about to get some more media streaming options, as both Twitch and Netflix will be making their way to the headset. Following the announcement of an all-new Gear VR headset, it was announced that both Netflix and Twitch will be making their way to the Gear VR store this afternoon.
Google has built a new technology to power its voice search, which the company says will make it even faster and more accurate. The new technology uses Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) and sequence discriminative training techniques.
Samsung will release a new version of its Gear VR headset in November. The new version will cost $99 and will go on sale first in the US, and Samsung says it will be available for consumers in time for the "Black Friday" holiday shopping season, The headset will be available in other parts of the world shortly afterwards.
What does a $400 phone camera get you nowadays? The only way to know is to compare it to one of the best phone cameras out there today.
This has undoubtedly been one of the best years for advancements in camera quality on Android phones, but at the same time we're seeing a huge push towards $400 phones that don't look or feel like midrange products. We've seen already how improved the camera on the Moto X Pure Edition is compared to another $400 phone, but against one of the best Android-powered cameras out there we've got some questions that need answered.
Here's our Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Moto X Pure Edition camera showdown. For each of these samples, the Moto X Pure Edition is on the left, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 is on the right. If you want to take a deeper look at these photos, a link to the uncompressed version straight off the cameras is available at the bottom of the article.
There's really no contest in this first compare. The slight breeze shaking this bunch of flowers was too much for the Moto X Pure Edition to capture an appropriate amount of detail, and the Galaxy S6 nailed every aspect of this shot. The colors are more accurate, the detail is incredible, and background isn't blown out like the Moto X Pure Edition.
For a full auto image captured seconds apart on a tripod, the only thing to blame here is the software.
Full Auto HDR
At first glance, these HDR shots at sunrise are incredibly similar. Samsung's photo is a little brighter than Motorola's, but the colors are almost identical and the image is visually pleasing in both samples.
Where you'll notice a huge difference in quality is when you zoom in on the full image. Samsung's foreground, specifically the water on the left, is not nearly as clear as the Moto X Pure Edition. If you zoom in on the boat on the right, you'll see a lot of grain in the S6 shot that doesn't exist on the Pure Edition. While both shots are great, Motorola takes the win here.
The goal for this photo was to focus on the bunch of yellow leaves high up in the tree, but also to see how well each phone handled exposing the foreground and background with no HDR enabled. Both cameras have an HDR Auto mode, but it was disabled for this shot.
As you can see, the Galaxy S6 clearly took the better photo. The background isn't blown out, the colors are significantly better, and the leaves are just as sharp as they are on the Moto X Pure Edition.
Specific focus detail shot
This is another photo where Motorola blew out the background, but the real difference in this photo is when you zoom in on the tree bark. Motorola captured way less detail than Samsung, and did so at a cooler temperature.
The Galaxy S6 was cleaner, sharper, and produced colors much closer to real life. There's really no comparing the two when you look closely.
Poor light outdoors
This is another photo where Samsung captured more light, but didn't necessarily capture a better image. Zooming in on the water and the boats will show a lot of grain on the S6 photo. Motorola's picture is more true to life, and despite the poor lighting and thick fox managed to capture a fair bit of detail.
There's really not a clear winner here. Both cameras did a great job, but both failed in significant ways. Motorola captured less light, and Samsung captured less detail.
Low light indoors
In a room with the shades drawn and the lights turned down low, these figurines aren't easy to get a good photo of. The Moto X Pure Edition did an OK job capturing a reasonable amount of light, but you can also see a fair bit of grain all around the image.
The Galaxy S6 looks brighter, warmer, and isn't quite as grainy around the figurines. It's clearly a better camera for this kind of picture.
It shouldn't come as a big shock that the Samsung Galaxy S6, and by extension the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, offer better cameras than the Moto X Pure Edition. The GS6 sells for right around $200 more than the Pure Edition, and that's the pricetag after it has been out for a few months. The Note 5 will run you even more, and for those higher price tags you expect a higher quality camera.
The question you have to ask yourself is whether the camera is actually $200+ better, keeping in mind what the specs for each of these phones look like side by side.
Our pals at Tom's Guide have spent countless hours researching and testing to see how the US carriers compare to each other. The findings reveal that T-Mobile is the best all-around carrier, with Verizon coming in a close second. When searching for a carrier, many people focus only on the service in their location, but the comparison goes far beyond that.
Verizon is now selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab E, a 9.6-inch Android 5.1.1-based tablet both online and in-store. The new tablet features a 5MP camera on the front, and a 2MP camera on the back, partnered with 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded with the use of a microSD card.
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