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Gear S3 iPhone support confirmed by Samsung

Samsung finally unveiled the Gear S3 smartwatch today. It’s so much more than what the rumor mill expected it to be. Samsung has stepped up the smartwatch game with its latest product and this will undoubtedly be one of the hottest smartwatches on the market this year. Like its predecessor the Gear S2, the new Samsung smartwatch works with any Android smartphone that’s running version 4.4 or up. Also like its predecessor, the Gear S3 will also work with the iPhone.We have known for a long time now that the Gear S2 is compatible with the iPhone. Samsung has not yet released the Gear Manager app for iOS which is required to make the smartwatch work with an iOS device. The company recently opened up a beta program to test the app so it may not be long now before it’s released. A Samsung executive confirmed the Gear S3 iPhone support at the event today so now we know that eventually the company’s latest and greatest smartwatch will also work with an iPhone. However, no timeframe has been …

Samsung isn’t planning on discontinuing the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic

Less than an hour ago, Samsung finally took to the stage to take the wraps off the much-anticipated Gear S3 classic and Gear S3 frontier, and after playing around with the devices for a short while, we are pleased to report that we’re very impressed with the refined design and slew of added functionality that they have to offer. However, their larger faces and wider bodies certainly don’t appeal to everyone, which has left many people wanting to pick up the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic instead.Fortunately, Samsung has revealed that it will not be discontinuing these devices. The Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic will, in fact, be the subjects of a much-needed price cut and will be placed alongside the Gear S3 classic, Gear S3 frontier and Gear Fit 2 in Samsung’s wearable lineup on its online store. The South Korean company has also announced that it will distribute a new firmware update for both watches before the end of the year packing all of the new software features that debuted on the G…

[Poll] Do you think the Gear S3 is too big for you?

Samsung has finally unveiled its second-generation circular smartwatch – the Gear S3 – and it’s quite a bit different from its predecessor. One major difference you will immediately notice is that it’s bigger than its predecessor. The Gear S2 was 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4 mm (W x H x D) while the Gear S3 is 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm. So its both bigger and heftier than its predecessor. Do vote below and let us know what you think about the change in dimensions. Don’t forget to share your initial impressions of the Gear S3 in the comments section. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

Samsung outs its first Gear S3 video commercial

After unveiling its third-generation Gear S smartwatch earlier today, Samsung has released its first video commercial for the Gear S3. The video showcases both the variants of the smartwatch, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier, along with various new features and watchfaces.The Gear S3 brings improved designs for both variants, increased RAM, better resistance to damage, LTE (in one variant), more watchband options, and hugely improved battery life, thanks to a 52 percent larger battery capacity. Have a look at the first official video that’s embedded below.

[Poll] Would you buy the Gear S3 classic or the Gear S3 frontier?

Unlike earlier, Samsung is now taking its time to make brilliant smartwatches. After Apple entered the smartwatch market, Samsung has taken a more structured approach in releasing smartwatches. The company announced its first smartwatches with a circular display and a revolutionary rotatable bezel, the Gear S2 last year.Now, the South Korean consumer tech giant has released two new smartwatches, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. The former has a more elegant and minimalistic look, while the latter has a sporty look. Both differ a bit in terms of specifications as well. Which Gear S3 smartwatch would you choose? Vote below and let us know what you factor into your decision in the comments below. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

Samsung expands smartwatch lineup with Gear S3 classic, Gear S3 frontier

As expected, Samsung has announced its new smartwatches at the IFA 2016. The Gear S3 classic (above) and Gear S3 frontier (below) are the two new smartwatches from the Gear S3 family that combines good looks and latest in mobile technology. With the Gear S3 frontier, Samsung is trying to target someone who’s looking for […]

[Infographic] Gear S3 Completes the Samsung Gear S Collection

Samsung’s newly unveiled Gear S3 is a smartwatch that marries the highly detailed craft of watch-making with mobile innovation to complete and perfect the Gear S series. Now, Samsung’s  smartwatch collection offers even more diverse choices to enhance consumers’ unique lifestyles.The new device is available in two versions: the Gear S3 frontier and the Gear S3 classic. Inspired by the active explorer, the Gear S3 frontier exudes a rugged outdoor look with durable materials that fuse form and function. The Gear S3 classic, meanwhile, pays homage to the minimalist, elegant styles embodied by traditional timepieces.Gorilla Glass SR+ and IP68 certification enable the smartwatch to function in extreme environments, while a Full Color Always On Display complements its analog aesthetic. Embedded MST technology lets users use Samsung Pay just about anywhere, making wallets a thing of the past.Check out the Samsung Gear S series in the infographic below. Which one is your favorite?**All functi…

[Hands-On] The Samsung Gear S3

Samsung’s Gear S collection is now complete with the addition of the new Gear S3. Merging the worlds of analog watch-making and mobile innovation, the device is one that boasts a traditional, premium design, standalone connectivity, life proof features and an expanded ecosystem. A Truly Watch DesignBoth versions of Samsung’s newest smartwatch—the Gear S3 frontier, a well-built wearable that can withstand tough conditions, and the Gear S3 classic, a luxurious yet minimal timepiece—were designed to emulate the look and feel of a traditional premium watch down to the smallest details. Following the trends of the latest watch designs, most prominent in the enhancements of the Gear S3 are the physical dimensions of the watch itself.The bezel, buttons and overall hardware of the Gear S3 were accentuated to give the device a sturdier, more refined look, and to ensure that its functions and features are easier to access and control.In addition to a new fit that allows for maximized comfort, eve…

Samsung Expands Smartwatch Portfolio with Gear S3

Samsung Electronics today unveiled the Gear S3, a striking and innovative smartwatch that further solidifies Samsung’s leadership in the wearables category. Inspired by traditional timepieces and the art of watchmaking, the Gear S3 combines timeless design with the latest in mobile technology, including IP68 water resistance, mobile payments*, LTE connectivity* and built-in GPS, making it the ideal addition to any watch collection.Samsung Gear S3 is available in two bold designs to suit different users’ lifestyles: frontier and classic. Inspired by the active explorer, the Gear S3frontier evokes a rugged outdoor look with an enduring style that blends form and function. The frontier was designed to perform in any setting or environment – whether business or leisure. The Gear S3 classic pays homage to the minimalist, elegant style found in the most iconic timepieces. The classic was designed with meticulous attention to detail – with its size and shape chosen to attain the same consist…

Gear S2 vs Gear S3: Specs comparison

Samsung has finally unveiled the Gear S3 smartwatch today. It builds up nicely on the Gear S2 which itself was a complete departure from all smartwatches the company has previously released. The design has been refined and new features have been added. If you’re wondering what are the differences between the Gear S2 and the Gear S3, check out the infographic created by Samsung that we’ve added below. If you want a closer look at the new smartwatch, check out our hands-on with the Gear S3.

Samsung Gear S3: Official Launch Film

The classic watch just turned smarter. Introducing the new Gear S3 Frontier and Classic. Timeless outside. Revolutionary inside. Samsung Gear S3 For more information, visit: http://spr.ly/GearS3 From: Samsung Mobile

Android Developer Story: Hutch improves player engagement with A/B testing on Google Play

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play teamHutch is a London based mobile studio focusing entirely on racing games, with more than 10 million players on Google Play. For their latest game, MMX Hill Climb, they used A/B testing and game analytics to improve the game design and experience resulting in more than 48 mins daily active usage per user.Watch Shaun Rutland, CEO, and Robin Scannell, Games Analyst, explain how they were able to deliver a more engaging user experience in this video.VIDEOLearn more about A/B testing and get the Playbook for Developers app to stay up-to-date on new features and learn best practices that will help you grow a successful business on Google Play.

OnHub turns one today

A year ago, we introduced OnHub — a router that’s easy to use, and built to be placed front and center in homes (where Wi-Fi works best). Since then, we've been busy delivering on our promise that OnHub keeps getting better.

Today, we’re celebrating OnHub’s first birthday and announcing a new partnership with Philips Lighting, the first connected home device you can control directly with OnHub. We know people don’t like having too many apps on their phones, so we made it possible to control your home’s Philips Hue lights without downloading an app. Now anyone connected to your OnHub can type “On.Here” in a computer, tablet, or mobile browser and control the most popular features of your Philips Hue lights from there. Crank up the party lights!


Apart from Philips Hue, here are 10 awesome things OnHub lets you do:

1. Be the host with the most (Wi-Fi). The OnHub guest network is a place just for guests. And since you may not want to make all of the devices on your primary network avai…

OnHub turns one today

A year ago, we introduced OnHub — a router that’s easy to use, and built to be placed front and center in homes (where Wi-Fi works best). Since then, we've been busy delivering on our promise that OnHub keeps getting better.

Today, we’re celebrating OnHub’s first birthday and announcing a new partnership with Philips Lighting, the first connected home device you can control directly with OnHub. We know people don’t like having too many apps on their phones, so we made it possible to control your home’s Philips Hue lights without downloading an app. Now anyone connected to your OnHub can type “On.Here” in a computer, tablet, or mobile browser and control the most popular features of your Philips Hue lights from there. Crank up the party lights!


Apart from Philips Hue, here are 10 awesome things OnHub lets you do:

1. Be the host with the most (Wi-Fi). The OnHub guest network is a place just for guests. And since you may not want to make all of the devices on your primary network avai…

“One Dance” by Drake is Google Play Music’s 2016 Song of the Summer

Whether you were enjoying a Classic Rock Summer with a campfire cookout or having the Best Summer Ever while chilling by the pool, Google Play Music helped you find a selection of summer hits to match your mood and activities, both day and night.

As we close out this year’s season of sun and fun, Google Play Music is releasing our official 2016 Songs of the Summer list, featuring the most streamed songs on our music service.

Drake took “controlla” and rose to the top of the Google Play Music charts with just “One Dance.”

Using data compiled from Memorial Day Weekend through August 28, the Canadian hip hop artist’s song with WizKid and Kyla is the most popular Song of the Summer on both Google Play Music’s U.S. and global lists. The Chainsmokers didn’t let anyone down as their song made the #2 slot and Twenty One Pilots is not “stressed out” as fans came along for the “Ride” to help two of their songs make the top 10.

The full list of Google Play’s most streamed songs of summer 2016 is …

Samsung Gear S3 classic and Gear S3 frontier priced at €399 in Europe

Samsung announced two variants of its latest smartwatch, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier, today. Both smartwatches offer improvement over their predecessors, the Gear S2 classic and the Gear S2 sport, in various aspects. Now, the company has announced the pricing of its current-generation smartwatches.According to Samsung, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier would cost €399 in Europe. The company hasn’t released any information about launch and availability dates in the region just yet, but we’ll report back with more details as soon as we uncover more information in this regard.Also read:Samsung Gear S3 classic vs. Samsung Gear S3 frontierThe Gear S3 classic has a minimalistic design, while the Gear S3 frontier has a rugged look. Both smartphones feature GPS connectivity, but the Gear S3 frontier features a 3G/LTE connectivity and a speakerphone to take calls, something which the Gear S3 classic lacks.

Specs comparison: Samsung Gear S3 classic vs. Gear S3 frontier

Samsung announced two new smartwatches today, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. Both smartwatches offer better performance and newer features over their predecessors. However, you must be wondering as to what differences these smartwatches have between them apart from their looks.The Gear S3 classic weighs lighter than the Gear S3 frontier as it lacks LTE connectivity. Have a look at the specifications comparison table below to know more difference between the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. Both smartwatches would cost €399 in Europe, with the company waiting to announce their prices for the US.Gear S3 frontierGear S3 classicDisplay1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED, 360×360 pixels (278ppi), Full Color Always On Display, Corning Gorilla Glass SR+1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED, 360×360 pixels (278ppi), Full Color Always On Display, Corning Gorilla Glass SR+Rotatable BezelYesYesProcessor1GHz dual-core1GHz dual-coreRAM & Storage768MB RAM, 4GB internal storage768MB …

Wallpaper Wednesday: Textures

Welcome to the latest edition of Wallpaper Wednesday. This week we’re focusing our attention on eight textured backgrounds. All images are available in a FHD resolution, which is a perfect fit for the Galaxy S7Galaxy S7 edgeGalaxy Note 5 and other flagships, but they can, of course, be used on different smartphones, too.If any of the following images float your boat and you want to download and set one as your wallpaper, simply tap on a photo to maximise it, then click and hold to save it. Once the picture is stored locally, open up Settings, locate and select Wallpaper, then just tap the newly-saved image to set it as your background.Alternatively, you can download a ZIP file containing all of this week’s backdrops by hitting the Download button at the very bottom of this post.BlueprintsClothCracksDropletsLeatherMeshRopeTrianglesDownloadNote: We’ve tried our best to identify the creators of all of the wallpapers featured in this week’s column. However, the images appear to lack c…

Samsung Gear S3 classic and Gear S3 frontier smartwatches are now official with newer designs and better hardware

Samsung has unveiled its new smartwatch, the Gear S3, today at its pre-IFA 2016 event in Berlin. Similar to last year’s Gear S2, the Gear S3 comes in two variants, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. These smartwatches feature various improvements over their predecessors including larger displays, better screen protection, beefed up performance, more accurate activity and fitness tracking, and improved battery life among other things.The Gear S3 features a slightly larger 1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×360 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 278ppi. Moreover, the whole display is protected by Corning’s new Gorilla Glass SR+ panel, which was announced yesterday. It is made specifically for wearable devices and smartwatches, providing a tougher, more scratch-resistant and crisper displays.Samsung states that its new smartwatches also feature a ‘Full Color Always On Display’ mode, allowing 16 million colors to be displayed on the screen (suc…

Who is: Yvan Arpa and Arik Levy and what do they have to do with the Gear S3?

Samsung has unveiled the Gear S3 smartwatch today and you might have seen the company mention Yvan Arpa and Arik Levy. They are not Samsung employees but were involved in the design process of the smartwatch. So you might be thinking who is Yvan Arpa and Arik Levy, we have compiled a short profile on both of them for you.Yvan Arpa – image credit: Watchonista Yvan Arpa is a Switzerland-based luxury watch designer who started out in the watch industry as an executive for Sector Sport Watches where he launched the No Limit concept. He later joined the Richemont Group for Swiss brand Baume & Mercier. He also has stints at Hublot and Romain Jerome. It goes without saying that Arpa is a man who knows his way around the Swiss watch industry. He has since launched his own company called Luxury Artpieces.He was involved in the Gear S3 design process and says that “With the Gear S3, we sought to integrate tradition and technology, bringing to the forefront an immensely intelligent smartwatch…

Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: A story of refinement

The Gear S2 was the first round smartwatch from Samsung and it showed that the company ripped up everything it had on smartwatches and went back to the drawing board to start from scratch. It didn’t need to take such drastic steps with the Gear S3 as the successor already had a good base to build upon. This is why if you’ve spent time with the Gear S2 your first impression of the Gear S3 will be that of refinement. Samsung has taken a good product and pushed the envelope which has resulted in substantial improvements.DesignThe moment you set your eyes on the Gear S3 you will immediately feel that it’s bigger than its predecessor. That’s true. The Gear S3 is bigger and heftier than the Gear S2 aside from the fact that it also weighs more. Samsung has complemented that by kicking up the finish of this product by several notches. Samsung says that it took inspiration from premium Swiss timepieces and it shows.Samsung conducted market research and found that people buy two different kinds…

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