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Samsung official confirms Galaxy S6 to get MWC reveal

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

A Samsung executive has confirmed that the Galaxy S6 will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, rather than at a separate, later event. The executive, who was quoted in the Korean media, stated that the phone will be announced on March 2nd, and the exact model to be unveiled is still up for deliberation.

Samsung has apparently prepared multiple prototypes with different features and form factors, but even to Samsung’s leadership a clear favourite hasn’t emerged. Rumours have been floated by several publications over the recent months, including full metal unibody designs, designs with glass back panels, and even a variant with a two-sided Edge display.

The chipset to be used is also a topic of conversation, with recent reports stating that Samsung will eschew their normal partners Qualcomm in favour of an in-house Exynos processor. That decision is reportedly down to overheating issues with the new Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, which have also been widely reported in the tech media.

Competitors LG have also been active in the Korean media. Their executive stated that they wouldn’t reveal their G4 flagship at MWC, instead preferring a later date. The official commented that they had released the G3 in May 2014, so they had plenty of time to unveil a successor.

We’ll be supporting both handsets once they’re announced. We’ve already prepared an initial series of accessories for the Galaxy S6, and we’ll be adding new products to that extensively over the coming weeks and months.

What do you make of the news? Let us know in the comments below.

Bendy LG G Flex 2 leaked ahead of official announcement

Monday, January 5th, 2015

 

The bendy-screened and mid-range LG G Flex hardly set the world on fire last year, but it did prove that you could make a reliable phone with a flexible display. This year, LG is unveiling its much more powerful successor, the G Flex 2.

Like its predecessor, the phone curves vertically, minimising the distance between mouth and microphone and providing a cool look for watching videos in landscape. Its self-healing back also returns, with the healing time reduced from 10 minutes to 10 seconds.

According to a leaked press release, the phone will come with a more dense 5.5-inch 1080p P-OLED display and the latest internals. That includes a 2GHz Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, 16 or 32GB of internal storage (plus micro SD slot) and 2GB of RAM. When it comes to cameras, we’ve got a 13-megapixel rear shooter (with OIS and laser autofocus) and a 2.1-megapixel front-facer. The G Flex 2 will run Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The G Flex 2 will reportedly be available in Platinum Silver and Flamenco Red colour options, but pricing and availability has yet to be revealed. With LG’s press conference due to kick off in a few minutes, we’ll hopefully be able to add in this missing information.

If this leak is correct, then the G Flex should be a strong flagship option, even if its bendy screen doesn’t offer too much added functionality over a traditional straight-screened model. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun.

Best Android Wear 5.0 watch faces for Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch & more

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The Android Wear smartwatch OS reached version 5.0 this December, with the new version bringing the first official support for custom watch faces. Google have even opened a new section of the Google Play store for them. There are 31 watch faces to choose from – and we’ve downloaded and tried them all, so you don’t have to! Here are our recommendations, suitable for both round and square smartwatches.

10. ustwo Smart Watch Faces - free

Our first watch face is actually four, called Albumen, Episode, Next and Runway. Each one offers interesting glanceable information. Albumen represents busy periods in the next 12 hours as abstract blobs, Episode shows current and upcoming weather, Next shows your next calendar appointment and Runway is a 12-hour weather forecast. All four faces are reasonably stylish, and the face is worth an install.

9. PAC-MAN Watch Face - £0.63

Next up is the PAC-MAN watch face. It’s a bit expensive for a single face, but you do get a properly animated PAC-MAN who roams the perimeter of your watch, eating power-pellets and chasing ghosts. You may need to install the StayLit Wear app, which keeps your display on for longer, for the full effect.

8. Despicable Watch Face – £0.63

If you’re a fan of the Despicable Me movies, then this watch face featuring the minions will be just up your street. You get the time in the upper right corner, with various minions showing up and causing mischief over the course of the day.

7. Un Petit Monde Watch Face - free

The Un Petit Monde watch face is a nice artsy watch face, which shows a hand-drawn time readout above a time-lapse of a travel-inspired scene. It’s simple, but effective.

6. Behance Watch Faces - free

There are few wordy watch faces, but there’s one in this pack from Behance. Other options include more traditional analogue designs and some cool novel ones. The combination of five minimal watch faces and backed with nice artwork is a strong one

5. BCBGMAXAZRIA - free

The least pronounceable watch face is also one of the most stylish. BCBGMAXAZRIA shows the time in a small circle that moves throughout the day, surrounded by a glitzy series of concentric circles in nine selectable colours.

4. Muzei Live Wallpaper - free

As the name suggests, Muzei is not just a watch face; it’s also a wallpaper app from your phone. You can choose between ‘featured art’ (a new painting every day), your photos or images from 500px (with the 500 Firepaper app installed). Once chosen, your wallpaper will be reflected on your watch.

3. Odyssey Premium Watch - £0.79

This futuristic watch is often cited as the pick of the bunch, offering a traditional analogue design cloaked in modern colours and with a few added functions. You’ll see a battery indicator for both phone and watch, a weather forecast and a date indicator. It’s all done in a fairly streamlined fashion, treading just on the right side of cluttered.

2. ustwo Watch Faces - free

ustwo return with another large – and free! – collection of watch faces. There are 12 in all, including two of my favourites, ‘Air’ and ‘Invert’. These oft-customisable watches each execute well on a single simple idea, and there’s sure to be at least one to catch your fancy. You should take advantage of the new Wear 5.0 ability to hide watch faces though, lest you be flooded with unwanted additions.

1. Speeds Pro – £0.99

Without question, the finest watch face available for Android Wear 5.0 is Speeds Pro. The face offers a cool 60s American diner feel, with well chosen typography and an iconic sense of style. The app is also highly customisable, with a phone/battery metre on the left, a date/day indicator on the right, and a dial at the bottom. This dial can be a static design element, a working speedometer, a step counter and a lot more. It’s a beautifully constructed package that is well worth buying.

Conclusion

We hope you’ve found this breakdown helpful! Be sure to contribute your own favourite Android Wear watch faces, and let us know what you thought of the selection in the comments below.

12 awesome custom watch faces for Android Wear smartwatches

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Google don’t yet officially support custom watch faces on Android Wear smartwatches like the G Watch and Moto 360, but that hasn’t stopped developers from creating hundreds of them. One popular app called Facer allows you to find new watch faces and send them to your phone, without needing to install a new app for each new watch face. In this blog, we’ll show you 10 awesome Facer watch faces and how to install them.

How to use Facer

  1. Download the Facer app from the Play Store. It’s 63p – well worth it.
  2. Visit FaceRepo.com to download watch faces. You can do this on your Android device or on your PC.  If you choose to open the downloaded file with Facer, you can skip the next step. If you download them on your PC, move the files to your Android device’s Download folder.
  3. Open Facer, then click the import ‘watch face’ buttonIt’s in the upper right and looks like a watch with a downward facing arrow inside it. Select your downloaded watch face file (either .zip or .face).
  4. Press a watch face, then click the ‘send to watch’ button. You’ll need to set your watch face to Facer if it isn’t already. Sending the watch takes up to a minute, and sometimes needs to be repeated to work properly.

Round face recommendations (Moto 360, G Watch R)

Square face recommendations (Gear Live, G Watch, SmartWatch 3)

  • Modern for Gear Live - a clean face with analogue time, date, weather.
  • Retro LCD - classic LCD look, with time, weather, battery.
  • Material Design - Android 5.0 style with time, date, weather.
  • Casio G-Shock - time and date, doesn’t grant water resistance!
  • Digital Retro - Clean retro design with time, date, battery, weather.
  • LG G3 - simple time, date, weather and battery display.

Signing off

I hope you’ve found some cool watch faces for your Android Wear smartwatch! Please recommend your favourites in the comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good week!

LG G Watch R hands-on review

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The LG G Watch R has arrived in stock at Mobile Fun! We’re selling out fast, so if you want to pick one up then you may want to order now at the G Watch R product page. If you want to know more about the smartwatch, then read on for our hands-on impressions–or check out our G Watch R review roundup!

A very traditional design

Right out of the box, the G Watch R has a distinctive look that sets it apart from other smartwatches. The prominent crown, metal enclosure with oversized lugs and minute-marked dial all serve to validate the R’s credentials as a legitimate watch. The leather band is also quite stylish, and can be swapped for other 22mm bands.

The Watch R is water resistant, with an IP67 rating that means it should survive “in still tap water at room temperature for about 30 minutes, up to a depth of 1 metre.” That means it should brush off rain and splashes, but wouldn’t want to go swimming with it.

The first full circle Android Wear smartwatch

The Watch R’s killer feature is its display. The R has a circular dial like the Moto 360, but the screen here is a complete circle–there’s no black bar cut out of the bottom of the display. LG have instead put their display tech in the larger bezel. LG have also gone with a smaller display–1.3 inches instead of 1.56 inches–which results in two watches that are roughly the same size.

The small display has a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, making the Watch R the most dense display on an Android Wear smartwatch so far. Viewing angles and colour reproduction seems quite good here, but there’s not a massive difference looking at the 360 and Watch R side-by-side. One big improvement over the earlier G Watch is sunlight visibility; now it’s quite possible to use the watch on a sunny day.

Smartwatch powerhouse

The G Watch R is as well-equipped as any other Android Wear smartwatch on the market, with a Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU and 4GB of internal storage (for storing songs and installing apps).

A 410 mAh battery sits inside; the highest capacity battery inside an Android Wear device thus far (if only by a bit). We didn’t get a chance to look at battery life during our short time with the device, but other publications have reported two days of use with the screen constantly on, and up to three days when the display is allowed to turn off when unused.

In terms of sensors, we’re looking at a gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, heart rate monitor, barometer – but there’s no ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness. Bluetooth 4.0 is used, and with the latest version of Android Wear you can connect to Bluetooth headphones / speakers as well as your Android 4.3+ phone.

Many watch faces and Android Wear

The Watch R comes out of the box with about 20 watch faces. That’s around the same number as came with the earlier G Watch, and triple the number of watch faces that come with the Moto 360. These watch faces generally adhere to the style set out by the Watch R’s hardware, with faces centred around sports, hiking and fitness that display additional information like steps taken, elevation and world times. Of course, there are some options out of left field as well, which provide effervescent and eye-catching looks but clash with the watch’s design.

The operating system on-board the G Watch R is Android Wear; the same as on the Moto 360, Gear Live, G Watch and the upcoming Sony SmartWatch 3. You’ll find the OS reasonably well-adapted for the circular display, although the touch-and-swipe interface isn’t entirely intuitive. Voice commands work well (if you are brave enough to try them in public) and overall the watch is definitely a useful complement to your phone.You’ll get notifications from your phone which can be ignored or responded to right from your watch; a growing number of apps now support the OS. Of course, you’re also able to make notes, set timers, track your steps and heart-rate, and even see the time.

One of the best Android Wear smartwatches so far

It’s still early days for Android Wear and smartwatches in general, but already we’re getting watches that are useful enough to be worth their cost. The G Watch R is arguably the best smartwatch on the market right now; its look is on par with the Moto 360 and it enjoys better performance and battery life. While the bulky construction might not suit everyone, if you’re in step with its design goals then you’ll find a useful and enjoyable smart watch in the G Watch R.

The G Watch R is available now at Mobile Fun, but supplies are limited. For the latest information, including pricing and availability, please visit the product page linked below: