Archive for the ‘Android’ Category
Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
The VR game is heating up. After the attention lavished upon the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset for the PC, quite a few companies are now trying to bring the same experience to smartphone users. Google released a lightweight cardboard headset that used only a few lenses and a smartphone to produce a VR experience, which was followed by a higher-end option from Samsung for the Note 4. Now, a new player is joining the game: Carl Zeiss.
The optical systems manufacturer has put their name to a new headset, the Zeiss VR ONE. Like the Samsung VR headset, it was designed and built in cooperation with Oculus. Unlike the Samsung model though, the headset is designed to accommodate several smartphones, with versions available for the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5.
The VR ONE works pretty simply. You install a VR app on your smartphone, then slide it into the front of the headset. The display of the phone is used with Zeiss lenses to provide images for each of your eyes, while the phone’s camera sees through the front of the headset to be used for augmented reality. The headset includes speakers to extend the experience and straps to keep the VR headset on your head.
Once everything’s in place, what can you actually do? You can watch movies on a massive virtual screen, see a performance in 360 degree 3D video, play VR games and try augmented reality. More apps are being released all the time, and with a special VR ONE media launcher, you can easily find and launch apps that are compatible with your headset.
The Carl Zeiss VR ONE is available for less than £100, and is due in stock in January 2015. For live pricing and availability information – or to place your pre-order! – visit the product page linked below for the phone of your choice:
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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
The Skinomi TechSkin Screen Protector is the very first screen protector for the Galaxy Note Edge. Screen protectors are usually quite standard affairs, covering flat screens with plastic or tempered glass, but the Note Edge is different by virtue of its curved display. That means you need a more advanced approach to screen protector production, and it’s exactly this that the Skinomi TechSkin provides.
The TechSkin is made from the same materials used to protect luxury cars, military aircraft and even NASA space shuttles. The screen protector has a four layer design, which starts with a UV clear coat on top of thermoplastic urethane, which then sits above a clear acrylic adhesive and a protective liner. This layered approach results in a screen protector that protects better than more common and basic implementations. The screen’s self-healing capabilities and scratch resistance make it virtually indestructible, ensuring that it will last the life of your phone with ease.
While many screen protectors offer protection, many come with downsides like reduced touch response, dimmer screens or reduced clarity. By contrast, the TechSkin should avoid all of these issues, thanks to its unique design. The soft, flexible skin has excellent transparency and won’t distort the colours on your screen.
We may see more screen protectors for the Galaxy Note Edge in the weeks and months to come, but for now the TechSkin is your first and best option if you have this rare phone. The screen protector is coming soon to Mobile Fun – check the link below for live pricing and availability data!
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Monday, December 22nd, 2014
The Google Nexus 6 is a beautiful but massive phone. It looks gorgeous, but it does come with certain ergonomic drawbacks that make it a little hard to hold onto. I think my friend Ross said it best when I passed him the phone: ”It’s lovely, but I’m uncomfortable holding this much screen!” Thankfully, as a flagship phone there are plenty of great protective cases for the Nexus 6. This week, we added one excellent option to our virtual shelves – the Trident Aegis.
The big draw of the Aegis is the significant protection it provides to your Nexus 6. The hybrid design includes silicone corners to dissipate impacts and hardened polycarbonate to protect against scratches. It’s a well-crafted design that works well to keep your Nexus 6 in good shape, although without a cover you might think about a Nexus 6 screen protector to ensure that your screen remains in good condition too.
This Nexus 6 case looks good too, cloaking your Nexus in a stylish black or blue colour. The blue option is my favourite, with its two-tone design offering a nice modern look that complements the design of the Nexus 6 well. The case includes cutouts for the camera and flash modules, as well as the micro USB and headphone ports, so you don’t lose any accessibility either.
The Trident Aegis is coming soon for the Nexus 6, after which Ross will be able to hold onto my phone without fear.
For stock availability notifications and more information, please visit the product pages linked below in the colour of your choice:
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Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Smart homes have been on the horizon for years – Bill Gates famously had one in the ’90s – but it’s only recently that smart home accessories have become affordable. One of the most popular items has been the smart light bulb. These bulbs are installed as normal, but then controlled using a smartphone app over Bluetooth. Our latest smart bulb is the advanced MiPOW Playbulb Rainbow.
As its name suggests, the Playbulb Rainbow’s 5W LED can glow in any of 16.8 million colours. Whether you’re looking for a simple white in the living room, blue in the bathroom or orange in the lounge, the Rainbow can deliver it. You can change the colour easily using the Playbulb X app, letting you change the tone to match the mood of the party or just for fun.
As well as the colour, you can also choose the brightness and intensity, letting you have all the advantages of a traditional dimmer switch and more. The app can control one or multiple light bulbs too, letting you change lighting across your house separately or in concert. It’s a great conversation starter, and your friends will want one too!
The Playbulb X app is available in the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and on the Google Play store for Android phones and tablets. It works with modern iPhone and Android devices – specifically the iPhone 4S or later (running iOS 7 or later) and devices running Android 4.3 or later.
If you want a cool introduction to smart homes that’ll give undeniable atmosphere to any room, then pick up a smart bulb like the Playbulb Rainbow! See more information or place an order via the link below.
You can also see some other smart bulbs via the links below!
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Friday, December 19th, 2014
The Pebble just became a way better smartwatch for Android users. The Pebble team announced Android Wear support this week, allowing the e-ink smartwatch to receive the same actionable notifications as Android Wear smartwatches like the Moto 360.
You can see the feature demonstrated in the video below – a Pebble is shown receiving a Google Hangouts notification and an emoji response being sent (because who needs words when you have a selection of tiny pictures?)
To get Android Wear notification support on your Pebble, you’ll need to join the Pebble app beta testing group and download the beta version of the Pebble Android app. The beta group is open for anyone that cares to join it, so go right ahead.
The unexpected move makes the Pebble a uniquely powerful proposition, as it is now by far the longest-lasting Android Wear device… and if you pick up the Pebble Steel, it’s also got a claim to be the best-looking Android Wear device as well.
If you’ve got a Pebble, try out the new features and let us know what you think in the comments below! You can also talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun.