Samsung announced the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality device today, the result of a collaboration with Oculus. The Gear VR will only be available to a small group of consumers though – the ones who grab a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. That is because the Galaxy Note 4 is the only device the Gear VR will work with. The Galaxy Note 4 is placed within the Gear VR case and serves as the screen viewed by the user.
Logitech has released a new keyboard, the Logitech K480, that is large enough to handle a pair of devices at the same time if they are small enough. A 5-inch handset and an 8-inch tablet should work if you need to look at both screens at the same time. The keyboard uses a slot for the devices to sit in at an upright position. Logitech says the keyboard will be available in black or white later this month in the US and Europe for a retail price of approximately $50.
Do you think Logitech will be successful with this device?
Sony’s new QX1 lens-style camera has leaked in some pictures released today. The QX1 will have an E-Mount attachment and use the Exmor APC-S sensor. We can also expect a pop-up flash based on the pics. Included in the pictures of the lens are a few of the Z3, which is due to be revealed to the world this week.
Samsung’s love affair with bling continues with the recently announced Gear S. The Gear S in itself isn’t affected, it’s the strap. The strap will be made completely with Crystal Fine Mesh, which is being introduced this month. Samsung feels these Swarovski cut crystals “perfectly complement the chic, curved design of the Gear S.”
I think it makes the most sense for the “Swarovski for Samsung” collection to include the Gear S since watches are more of a fashion statement than smartphones. No word on price, but I wouldn’t expect it to be cheap though. If you find it’s your thing, you will be able to find the new strap at the Samsung online store and at experience stores starting in October.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
LG’s G Watch might be slightly outdated thanks to the G Watch R, but it’s still a fantastic Android Wear device. Today, Best Buy is shaving a full $50 off the list price of the smartwatch, so you can pick one up for only $179, which definitely isn’t a bad price for how new it is. The only catch is that you’ll have to get it shipped to your house, as store pickup isn’t available right now.
Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device.
Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the Nike+ Running app, which utilizes the device’s GPS and 3G connectivity to track fitness data.
The app comes pre-loaded on the device and can track their runs and record data all while their phone remains at home.
The features appear to be the same as the usual Nike+ Running App, except this is optimized for the Gear S.
Samsung announced the Gear S smartwatch earlier, but they also announced the Gear Circle earphones accessory. It can be paired to your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to receive calls, listen to music, and make voice commands. It also features a magnetic lock, allowing you to lock the earbuds around your neck when not in use. Last but not least, it features a vibrating feature to let you know when someone is calling your or when you have received new notifications.
We’ve heard several rumors that Samsung is cooking up a SIM-enabled Gear smartwatch, and it’s looking like we’ll see it sooner rather than later. The latest rumors points to Samsung unveiling the new version of their Gear smartwatch (along with a VR headset) alongside the Galaxy Note 4 next month. Since the original Galaxy Gear launched with the Note 3, this a pretty predictable pattern.
Remember the Motorola Skip accessory that was released last year around the same time as the Moto X? It was a little accessory that allowed you to unlock your phone with ease. You would attach it to your belt and Motorola also offered Dots (stickers) to place in different parts of your house. It wasn’t a bad accessory, but it was limited in that it was only NFC and you had to place the phone right next to the Skip for it to work. As with all technology, Motorola is looking to improve Skip, and FCC documents just outed it.
Sony seems to have latched on to the concept of smartphones being used for selfies and sees it as a way to market devices. Last week we saw Sony move to start selling their “selfie-centric” Sony Xperia C3 smartphone in Russia. We also saw a bizarre looking device that had the distinct appearance of a perfume bottle that we eventually determined was a camera. That device turns out to be the Sony DSC-KW1 and it is a real thing.