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Instant for Android Wear: Instagram lovers rejoice! You can now browse through your feed without getting out your phone [‘Watch’ This App]

If you like so many of us are an Instagram addict and lament the fact that there’s no good Instagram app for smartwatches, then get excited because Instant for Android Wear has come to the rescue. Gone are the days of having to pull out our phones whenever we want to scroll endlessly through our… Read more »

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Android Wear BeeLink: Connect to Android devices from your smartwatch [‘Watch’ This App]

One of the biggest complaints from smartwatch users is that it’s a difficult process to connect the smartwatch to their different Android devices. Users oftentimes find it to be a confusing, tedious process, and just plain hard to switch from one device to another. If this is a problem you have, then the Android Wear BeeLink app might… Read more »

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Get This Look: Arus

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Overall Score

4.71

Design

Uniqueness

Dashboard

Content

Get This Look: Arus Reviewed by on Aug 7. Rating: 4.5

Samer Zayer has continuously blown me away with his work. Every single pixel he puts out into the public is as perfect as my eye can see. He can make styles that I loath entirely become one of my favorite things in the world thanks to his attention to detail and eye for digital design. Samer did not disappoint. His latest work is an icon pack titled Arus.

Arus was carefully designed to have a nice appealing look to them. The design is almost of the flat nature, except there is a certain look to each icon that I can’t quite explain making it more inviting to tap, yet not to much to where it feels cheap.

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The colors palette that Samer has used leaves the icons feeling soft yet vibrant. The colors aren’t the only thing that make these icons stand out. The shape of this icons aids in making these just that much more unique.

Arus contains neither a square nor a  circle. There are four distinct sides, but they aren’t completely flat. Each side has a slight curve outwards making them more appealing than square icons as a single icon and they fit better together than circle icons.market2

Not only does Samer make amazing icon packs, but his walls are among the best. Included with Arus is currently 10 amazing walls that will look great with any set up! If you enjoy the included walls, you can get more by Samer on his Google Plus page or buy his wallpaper app, Wolz.

With 1300+ icons and a nice and easy to use request feature, you can’t really go wrong. Most of your icons will already be themed and you can request that Samer complete your unthemed icons with a couple of taps. For $ 1.49 Arus is a great buy, but it is on sale for $ 0.99! Grab it now before the sale ends!

Don’t forget to check out his other work on the Play Store while you are at it!


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Get This Look: Arus

445CA0567C4C_OnePlus One_3_PORTRAIT

Overall Score

4.71

Design

Uniqueness

Dashboard

Content

Get This Look: Arus Reviewed by on Aug 7. Rating: 4.5

Samer Zayer has continuously blown me away with his work. Every single pixel he puts out into the public is as perfect as my eye can see. He can make styles that I loath entirely become one of my favorite things in the world thanks to his attention to detail and eye for digital design. Samer did not disappoint. His latest work is an icon pack titled Arus.

Arus was carefully designed to have a nice appealing look to them. The design is almost of the flat nature, except there is a certain look to each icon that I can’t quite explain making it more inviting to tap, yet not to much to where it feels cheap.

 market3

The colors palette that Samer has used leaves the icons feeling soft yet vibrant. The colors aren’t the only thing that make these icons stand out. The shape of this icons aids in making these just that much more unique.

Arus contains neither a square nor a  circle. There are four distinct sides, but they aren’t completely flat. Each side has a slight curve outwards making them more appealing than square icons as a single icon and they fit better together than circle icons.market2

Not only does Samer make amazing icon packs, but his walls are among the best. Included with Arus is currently 10 amazing walls that will look great with any set up! If you enjoy the included walls, you can get more by Samer on his Google Plus page or buy his wallpaper app, Wolz.

With 1300+ icons and a nice and easy to use request feature, you can’t really go wrong. Most of your icons will already be themed and you can request that Samer complete your unthemed icons with a couple of taps. For $ 1.49 Arus is a great buy, but it is on sale for $ 0.99! Grab it now before the sale ends!

Don’t forget to check out his other work on the Play Store while you are at it!


AndroidGuys

Get This Look: Arus

445CA0567C4C_OnePlus One_3_PORTRAIT

Overall Score

4.71

Design

Uniqueness

Dashboard

Content

Get This Look: Arus Reviewed by on Aug 7. Rating: 4.5

Samer Zayer has continuously blown me away with his work. Every single pixel he puts out into the public is as perfect as my eye can see. He can make styles that I loath entirely become one of my favorite things in the world thanks to his attention to detail and eye for digital design. Samer did not disappoint. His latest work is an icon pack titled Arus.

Arus was carefully designed to have a nice appealing look to them. The design is almost of the flat nature, except there is a certain look to each icon that I can’t quite explain making it more inviting to tap, yet not to much to where it feels cheap.

 market3

The colors palette that Samer has used leaves the icons feeling soft yet vibrant. The colors aren’t the only thing that make these icons stand out. The shape of this icons aids in making these just that much more unique.

Arus contains neither a square nor a  circle. There are four distinct sides, but they aren’t completely flat. Each side has a slight curve outwards making them more appealing than square icons as a single icon and they fit better together than circle icons.market2

Not only does Samer make amazing icon packs, but his walls are among the best. Included with Arus is currently 10 amazing walls that will look great with any set up! If you enjoy the included walls, you can get more by Samer on his Google Plus page or buy his wallpaper app, Wolz.

With 1300+ icons and a nice and easy to use request feature, you can’t really go wrong. Most of your icons will already be themed and you can request that Samer complete your unthemed icons with a couple of taps. For $ 1.49 Arus is a great buy, but it is on sale for $ 0.99! Grab it now before the sale ends!

Don’t forget to check out his other work on the Play Store while you are at it!


AndroidGuys

This is how it is done OnePlus: Motorola Yo Giveaway take 2!

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After a blundered giveaway, Motorola owned up to the responsibility and decided to take a second swing at the giveaway.

We’re sorry for the confusion. The language some of you saw in our Yo giveaway wasn’t clear. So to make it right, we’re giving away another 20 Moto 360s to the first 20 who submit the form. If you’ve already Yo’d us, you’re on our list. For everyone else who wants to play, add MOTOROLA on Yo by 11AM CT tomorrow (August 29) for a chance to win a #Moto360#YOFORMOTO

That is right, after 20 Moto 360s were supposedly given away less then 12 hours ago, 20 more Moto 360s are up for grabs! OnePlus should really talk to Motorola about how to conduct a giveaway. No photos, no tweets, no ridiculous tasks to be complete. All you have to do is download the Yo app on your Android and send a Yo to Motorola. BOOM! You are entered in a chance to win one of 20 Moto 360s.

The contest is for an entire Moto 360, not just a chance to buy a Moto 360. While the contest is USA only, it is still kind of Motorola to run the contest a second time due to the previous mishap. Official rules can be found here. I suggest actually reading through these rules to prevent a mass confusion like the last contest. I doubt that they will be doing three giveaways three days in a row!

The Motorola Yo account promises that this is just one of many contests to come through the Yo format. What do you think about this? Do you think contests through Yo is a good idea? Let us know in the comments down below!

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AndroidGuys

This is how it is done OnePlus: Motorola Yo Giveaway take 2!

moto-360-smartwatch-580-90

After a blundered giveaway, Motorola owned up to the responsibility and decided to take a second swing at the giveaway.

We’re sorry for the confusion. The language some of you saw in our Yo giveaway wasn’t clear. So to make it right, we’re giving away another 20 Moto 360s to the first 20 who submit the form. If you’ve already Yo’d us, you’re on our list. For everyone else who wants to play, add MOTOROLA on Yo by 11AM CT tomorrow (August 29) for a chance to win a #Moto360#YOFORMOTO

That is right, after 20 Moto 360s were supposedly given away less then 12 hours ago, 20 more Moto 360s are up for grabs! OnePlus should really talk to Motorola about how to conduct a giveaway. No photos, no tweets, no ridiculous tasks to be complete. All you have to do is download the Yo app on your Android and send a Yo to Motorola. BOOM! You are entered in a chance to win one of 20 Moto 360s.

The contest is for an entire Moto 360, not just a chance to buy a Moto 360. While the contest is USA only, it is still kind of Motorola to run the contest a second time due to the previous mishap. Official rules can be found here. I suggest actually reading through these rules to prevent a mass confusion like the last contest. I doubt that they will be doing three giveaways three days in a row!

The Motorola Yo account promises that this is just one of many contests to come through the Yo format. What do you think about this? Do you think contests through Yo is a good idea? Let us know in the comments down below!

Source


AndroidGuys

Customize your smartwatch face with the Less is more Wear Watch Face app [‘Watch’ This App]

It’s no secret that when it comes to our devices we love to personalize them. It’s the reason there is such a large variety of ringtones, wallpapers, and smartphone cases out there. Now there is an app that allows you to customize your smartwatch face called Less is more Wear Watch Face. All of the design options you can choose from… Read more »

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Customize your smartwatch face with the Less is more Wear Watch Face app [‘Watch’ This App]

It’s no secret that when it comes to our devices we love to personalize them. It’s the reason there is such a large variety of ringtones, wallpapers, and smartphone cases out there. Now there is an app that allows you to customize your smartwatch face called Less is more Wear Watch Face. All of the design options you can choose from… Read more »

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This is the problem with so-called ‘selfie phones’

The selfie phone is an actual thing – or it’s becoming a thing.

As much as that makes me not want to live on this planet anymore, it’s actually a good thing. No, the word “selfie” itself is a monstrosity. But that front cameras on smartphones are finally getting the attention they deserve is a wonderful thing.

Today, the front camera is where fond memories and borderline narcissistic social culture meet. A group of friends out for an increasingly rare night on the town all huddle around one person’s phone to capture the fleeting moment forever. Meanwhile, fishing for compliments, a so-called Instagram star spends an hour taking dozens of selfies with her head cocked at different angles and applying just the right combination of filters to get the mythical “perfect selfie” so she can share it with her followers.

Point being, while it may not be quite as important as the primary camera around back, front-facing cameras are increasingly popular. Originally intended for low-res video calls – a la FaceTime – almost every smartphone and tablet has a camera fixated on its face somewhere.

moto g selfieUntil recently, the different in quality between front and rear cameras has been profound. Rear cameras are quickly encroaching on point-and-shoot quality while front-facers have mainly been sufficient for pixelated video calls. Yet cameras on both sides are just as important for capturing moments, even if use is likely skewed towards the back camera.

This shift in importance in front cameras can be visualized by the rapid increase in front camera resolutions. Between 2008 and 2013, most front-facing shooters on smartphones were between 0.2- and 3-megapixel sensors. This year, however, we’ve seen multiple smartphones with notably higher-res front cameras. The HTC One M8, for instance, comes with a 5-megapixel wide angle front camera. Oppo’s Find 7 and Find 7a smartphones also have 5-megapixel front shooters. Sony’s so-called selfie phone, the Xperia C3, also features a 5-megapixel camera around front, as do a few rumored devices, like the Lumia 730. Even more, Xiaomi’s Mi4, which we recently reviewed, has an 8-megapixel front camera.

Despite higher-resolutions, front-facing cameras still aren’t all that great, and the reason why seems all too familiar.

 

Smaller sensors

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vzw-one-m8-review-cameraSmartphone image sensors, by nature, are already much smaller than the sensors found in point-and-shoot cameras. Currently, we’re looking at a difference of a 1-inch sensor on something like the Sony RX100M III and a 2/3-inch sensor on the Lumia 1020. If you look at a more typical smartphone image sensor, it’s going to be more along the lines of a 1/3-inch sensor – or one-third the size of the RX100M III’s sensor.

This explains why point-and-shoots still have an edge on smartphone imagery. It also explains why simply bumping the resolution of front cameras doesn’t show immediate signs of drastic improvement. These front sensors haven’t actually grown in size all that much.

The One M7, for example, merely had a 2.1-megapixel front camera. The One M8′s front camera, of course, is 5-megapixels. Despite having more than doubled in resolution, the physical sensor size only grew from 1/5.8-inches to 1/5-inches – or approximately 0.028-inches diagonally.

Technically, this also means that the physical pixel size on the sensor has been nearly halved. And we all know pixel size mattersa lot.

 

What flash? I can’t see a thing!

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Lighting is an issue all smartphone cameras struggle with. A vast majority of smartphone pictures are taken in poorly lit conditions – typically indoors or at night. The same especially goes for selfies. I see people at bars, concerts, and other dark places taking selfies with friends all the time.

Of course, you can’t always control the environment you’re in, so OEMs have worked on features to help capture more light and take brighter photos, even in dark environments. Some camera use optical stabilization, others use larger pixels on the sensor.

xperia-c3These techniques only sort of help low-light photography in primary cameras, but front shooters don’t have either. I just explained that the sensors only slightly grew in size while more than doubling resolution, and few manufacturers have put forth the effort to use hardware stabilization in rear cameras, much less front-facing cameras.

A last-ditch effort for smartphone users is to flick on the pesky, retina-burning flash to grab photo where the background is almost completely blacked-out, everyone’s face is an unnatural tone, and everyone’s pupils are a bright white glare.

With the exception of Sony’s C3 camera, none of the front-facing cameras have flash. Frankly, that’s probably a good thing. Asking some random passerby to take a group photo of you and your friends will likely yield a better photo, and the flash won’t be mere inches from your face. A front-firing flash might sting a bit.

 

Glass

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The glass used in the lenses are very important, as well. With higher-quality glass, you get sharper focus, a cleaner image, and, based on what the manufacturer includes, filters. The iPhone 4S camera, for example, introduced a five-element lens (over the 4′s four-element lens) with a hybrid infrared filter. This helped in reducing chromatic aberrations and red ghosting, according to Gizmodo‘s Brent Rose.

The thing is, unlike on the back of smartphones, space is cramped on the front, and the glass used isn’t nearly as nice. You don’t see manufacturers promoting a five-element lens on a front camera … yet.

 

They’re still just fine

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The fact of the matter is, front cameras on smartphones are about where rear cameras were back in 2008 – all resolution and practically no optimization. And we’ll likely go through the same process as before. OEMs will market the hell out of their front camera and explain why it’s better than the competitions’ when, in reality, they’re all pretty bad.

Regardless of all this, front cameras are far better than they’ve been in the past. And for their primary purpose – the selfie – they’re perfectly fine. People don’t typically frame selfies; they post them to Instagram, send them as ephemeral messages (Snapchat), or set them as their profile picture.

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oppo-n1For that very purpose, the 5-megapixel front camera on the One M8 or 8-megapixel front shooter on the Mi4 are more than sufficient. I really loved having the wide angle lens on the One M8. Being able to capture a half-decent selfie (shiver) of my friends and I at my birthday cookout was nice. I normally wouldn’t have been able to squeeze everyone in, but it was quite easy with how wide the M8′s front camera is.

Some OEMs have even explored ideas like rotating primary cameras. The Oppo N1, for example, had a rotating 13-megapixel camera and flash for taking selfies with the rear camera. But I’m not a fan of moving parts and feel having two separate sensors is a better long-term solution.

Over time and as imaging becomes cheaper and more efficient on smartphones, front cameras will gradually improve, as well. Hopefully by that time, a decent enough software stabilization method will have been developed so we don’t go around blinding ourselves and all our friends trying to take selfies in the club.


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