Apple watchOS 6 Gains App Store, Noise Monitoring, Audiobooks

Apple today announced watchOS 6 for Apple Watches. The update adds a full App Store directly on the watch, offering independent apps, which no longer require a companion app on an iOS device. Apple also added a new streaming audio API for live sports and more as well as support for audiobooks. A new Noise app continuously monitors sounds levels to detect loud levels that could damage your hearing. Also new is a Cycle Tracking app for menstrual cycles and fertility, also coming to the Health app in iOS. A voice memo and calculator app have also been added, including a tip calculator.

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TicWatch Pro – Unboxing

TicWatch Pro   Unboxing

I have been testing the TicWatch S2 for the past few days whilst I have been away on holiday and I have been mightily impressed with it in general. There has however been one thing that has been slightly annoying me and that was the battery life of the thing. I have been fairly active over my week away and during that time the watch was being used to track all my activities which it did worry free. There was a side effect of this effective tracking however and that was the battery life. Now in my research for doing the review I was also able to see that TicWatch have a pro version in their line up which I was keen to try. Well, I have it here in Coolsmartphone Towers and I am keen to have a look at it.

TicWatch Pro   Unboxing

Here we go….

The TicWatch Pro shares a lot of similarities with the TicWatch S2 that I have looked at previously. They both run the same Qualcomm Wear 2100 chipset, both have the same screen size and resolution. They both use Wifi and Bluetooth for connectivity. Both the watches will work with the very latest Google Wear software. Both have all the sensors that you would expect of a modern Wear OS devices such as Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS and Heart Rate Monitor. There are however quite a few major differences present though.

TicWatch Pro   Unboxing

The Pro has got Google Pay via NFC support, it also has an external speaker. You will find 2 buttons on the crown and the device is made of slightly more premium materials to give more of a quality feel. The watch has form as a higher priority that Function which gives it a more esteemed look and feels over its more ruggedized cousin.

TicWatch Pro   Unboxing

The whole watch is also slightly thinner which makes it less bulky and obtrusive when on your wrist which I like.

The biggest difference, however, is the coolest. The Pro is capable of up to 30-day battery life when used in “Essential mode”. What is “Essential mode’ I hear you ask, well let’s try and explain.

When in normal usage the watch will function just like any other Wear OS device and this will give you similar battery life to that of the S2. You can, however, use a second display panel that sits on top of the AMOLED one that Wear OS uses to display a different watch interface. this interface is “Essential Mode’ and this is what will allow you to stretch out to up to 30 days.

TicWatch Pro   Unboxing

The screen is a Film compensated Super Twisted Nematic (FSTN) LCD display. It has high sunlight visibility without having to use a high backlight level and it will display all your important information when you are using it. It is really designed for when you using it for working out and you may not be connected to your phone. Another really cool touch is that if you don’t need the 30 days life then you can utilise a sort of Hybrid mode that will switch between the two displays when required, which is neat.

Here the full specs for you check out for now.

TicWatch Pro’s Technical Specifications:

Device OS Wear OS by Google
Dimension 45mm x 12.6mm
Display 1.39” OLED 400 x 400 + FSTN display
Chipset Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 2100
Memory RAM: 512MB / Storage: 4GB
GPS GPS / AGPS
NFC Payments Google Pay
Connectivity Bluetooth: 4.2 / Wi-Fi: 802.11bgn 2.4GHz
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Magnetic Sensor, PPG Heart Rate sensor,

Ambient Light Sensor, Low Latency Off-Body Sensor

Battery 415mAh
Days of Use Smart Mode (Wear OS): 2 days;

Essential Mode: 30 days

Water Resistant IP68 (up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 mins; swimming not recommended

Another few things that differ from the S2 is the inclusion of a speaker allows for the Google Assitant service to be used correctly. Lastly, we have got a superior build quality.

The full review will be coming very soon.

Mobvoi launches TicWatch Pro, a premium smartwatch powered with Wear OS by Google™

Layered Display technology extends battery life between five to 30 days on a single charge

San Francisco, CA – July 10th, 2018 Mobvoi Inc., a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company backed by Google™ and Volkswagen, is launching TicWatch Pro, whose innovative Layered Display technology enables it to last between 5-30 days on a single charge. It’s available now on Amazon UK with an MSRP of £219.99. Powered with Wear OS by Google, TicWatch Pro helps users stay connected to what matters to them and make the most of their time.

https://www.mobvoi.com/pages/ticwatchpro

TicWatch Pro’s Layered Display technology (patent pending) is an innovative breakthrough, enabling the user to switch between an FSTN (Film compensated Super Twisted Nematic) LCD display and an OLED display that sit on top of one another. The FSTN display (top layer) is a transparent LCD display chosen due to its low power consumption, high visibility in direct sunlight, and transparent quality when not turned on. This is important in order to ensure the OLED (bottom layer) display’s brightness and colors aren’t compromised when in use.

“TicWatch Pro is the result of our relentless pursuit to make a premium smartwatch that greatly resolves the battery life issues which have been inherent in smartwatches”, explained Zhifei Li, CEO and Co-Founder of Mobvoi. “Our approach has been to innovate with the screen, radically reducing battery consumption. Ultimately, TicWatch Pro is our flagship smartwatch designed to further our mission of bringing anyone and everyone access to affordable, high quality smart devices.”

The power to switch between displays and their related “modes” allows TicWatch Pro users to achieve unprecedented battery life and control over battery usage in an award-winning smartwatch.

  • In “Smart Mode”, the OLED display is active along with Wear OS by Google, and battery life is up to two full days of usage
  • In “Essential Mode”, only the FSTN display is in use and battery life can last up to 30 days
  • When Smart Mode reaches low battery, Essential Mode can automatically be turned on so the watch can last for another three days
  • To switch to Essential Mode, users can turn it on in a dedicated app or long press the watch’s Function (lower) button
  • To switch to Smart Mode, users can long press on the watch’s Power (upper) button

In Essential Mode, users will see time, date, step counting, and heart rate monitoring. The health and fitness data syncs when TicWatch Pro is switched to Smart Mode. OTA updates over time will add more functions into Essential Mode (since the sensors can still be accessed in this mode) including distance traveled, calories burned, speed and cadence. In Smart Mode, users will have the complete Wear OS by Google experience through the OLED display.

Along with its innovative display and unrivaled battery life, TicWatch Pro features include:

  • Google Play™Store – Access to thousands of apps through the on-watch Play Store, and the ability to download them directly on the watch
  • Google Assistant™ – Access the Assistant directly on your wrist to check the weather, start your run, set a reminder and more just by asking
  • Premium build quality – Watch bezel and rear cover are stainless steel (SUS), while the rest of the case is a type of hard nylon (polyamide) reinforced with glass fiber (50GF); skin-friendly silicone strap covered with premium genuine Italian leather
  • NFC Payments – Use Google Pay™ to pay directly from your wrist
  • IP68 Water and dust resistant – Withstands submergence in water up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes (swimming not recommended)
  • Health and fitness sensors – Heart rate monitor, Accelerometer, Gyro, Magnetic Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Low Latency Off-Body Sensor
  • Health and fitness apps – Along with health and fitness apps from Google, Mobvoi’s own Health and Fit apps are pre-installed as well
  • Thousands of watch face options – Available to download through Google Play™
  • Music Streaming – Listen to your playlists through your preferred music streaming app

“The TicWatch Pro is an exciting entrant into the smartwatch segment, the fastest growing segment in wearables today”, said Pankaj Kedia, senior director and business lead, smart wearables segment, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We have been working closely with Mobvoi over the last 2 years and announced our first products in China last month. We are delighted that the TicWatch Pro is coming to the US. We are working with Mobvoi on new experiences, new products and are excited to support their global expansion and the many possibilities they are creating for consumers.”

Mobvoi is setting itself apart in the wearables space through award-winning design, and the innovative integration of artificial intelligence within its line of products. Their TicWatch line is the top selling Wear OS by Google smartwatch line on Amazon. With TicWatch Pro, Mobvoi is now setting the battery life standard in the segment.

TicWatch Pro’s Technical Specifications:

Device OS Wear OS by Google
Dimension 45mm x 12.6mm
Display 1.39” OLED 400 x 400 + FSTN display
Chipset Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 2100
Memory RAM: 512MB / Storage: 4GB
GPS GPS / AGPS
NFC Payments Google Pay
Connectivity Bluetooth: 4.2 / Wi-Fi: 802.11bgn 2.4GHz
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Magnetic Sensor, PPG Heart Rate sensor,

Ambient Light Sensor, Low Latency Off-Body Sensor

Battery 415mAh
Days of Use Smart Mode (Wear OS): 2 days;

Essential Mode: 30 days

Water Resistant IP68 (up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 mins; swimming not recommended

*Google, Wear OS by Google, Google Assistant, Android Wear, Wear OS, Google Pay and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. Wear OS by Google works with phones running Android 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 9.3+. Supported features may vary between platforms and countries.

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Oppo, Xiaomi Demo Selfie Cameras Hidden Under Display

Chinese phone makers Oppo and Xiaomi have both put out videos demonstrating a new technology that allows a selfie camera to be located completely under a phone display and capture a photo through the display layer. The technology allows an all-screen design with no notch, hole-punch, nor moving parts. Oppo VP Brian Shen admitted that the technology isn’t quite ready for production, saying “At this stage, it’s difficult for under-display cameras to match the same results as normal cameras, there’s bound to be some loss in optical quality. But, no new technology jumps to perfection right away.”

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VOXI add more data to plans

VOXI add more data to plans
New and existing VOXI customers have now had more data added to their plans. The network runs on (and is part of the) Vodafone network and they’ve boosted the £10 package from 6GB to 8GB, the £15 package has gone up from 15GB to 20GB and let’s not forget, you get the “Endless Social Media” thing at no extra cost.

This means that you can chomp through a load of Facebook and Instagram posts plus all the Snapchat and WhatsApp you can want without actually chomping through your data allowance.

All customers get unlimited calls and texts along plus free roaming in 48 European destinations. The plans are flexible with no contract.

Head to VOXI.co.uk for more info. The deals are available until July 10th.

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Compared – 4G vs 5G

Compared   4G vs 5G

There’s no doubt about it, 5G is going to make an amazing difference to your data speeds. The throughput is astonishing and we’ve seen examples of entire movies being downloaded in seconds.

There is, though, two very important changes that 5G will cause.

The first, rather obviously, is thanks to the speed at which things will happen. You’ll be able to complete tasks quicker, which means you’ll have more time to move onto other tasks. More downloading, streaming and browsing can be performed in the very same length of time.

Speed!

Here’s a video just to show the speed of 5G and how it compares to 4G..

It’s an EE speed test and they managed to get 40 Mbps on 4G. That’s about right. I’ve just done a test in a field here in Cornwall and I’ve got 49Mbps on Vodafone 4G.

The 5G speed, which hit 440Mbps, was crazy quick. However, I should point out that the EE 5G network is pretty much empty. It does, though, have a huge amount of capacity so you can probably expect speeds to stay near that.

Consumption!

This is where I need to stay on this first point. If you get yourself a 5G phone and start hammering speed tests, you’re going to blow through your data allowance in no time at all. 10GB per month is nothing because you’ll get through it so quickly.

The second thing I need to mention is the fact that 5G is going to be far quicker than a lot of home broadband connections too. At home I’ve got a Virgin Business Voom Fibre connection which is “up to” 350Mbps. I get, for reasons I’m not entirely sure of, more than that. Here’s a speed test I’ve just done…

Compared   4G vs 5G

I should be getting 350Mbps, but I’m getting 410Mbps. Virgin Business also offer 500Mbps speeds but let’s not get into that right now. Let’s just say that 5G is going to be around as fast as a very, very quick Virgin Business cable connection. That’s faster than most of Virgin Media home broadband connections. Faster than the connection you might get in your office at work.

But.. at home, on my Virgin Cable connection, I’m not worried about how much data I’m using. I can stream on Netflix, listen to tunes on Spotify, grab my geeky ISO images, download big attachments. All quickly. All without buffering. It’s quick, it’s easy.

With 5G, some networks will no doubt throw in “data free” services which let you stream video and play music without it impact your data allowance. However, for other things you might be doing on your phone, that data package is going to burn up quickly, and you’ll no doubt have one eye on your allowance all the time.

New internet options

That all said, as things move forward, as competition builds, as packages become more affordable with more data and the technology becomes more widespread; we’re going to see 5G become a viable alternative to traditional fixed-line solutions. It’ll be faster than most current ADSL and FTTC-delivered internet connections and you can no doubt see why BT were so keen to take on EE.

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