In case you were wondering whether virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard may have any use outside of converting games to a sort of reality for the players, Jaunt hopes you will find the answer is yes. The company has been working on an immersive camera technology to record “spherical audio and video” for use in different applications. Basically Jaunt has taken the idea of photospheres created with smartphones and really beefed it up with a custom camera setup that can produce high quality renderings. To showcase what can be done, Jaunt recently partnered with Paul McCartney to record one of his recent concerts, the last concert held at Candlestick Park before it was demolished, and has produced a video custom made for Google Cardboard users.
Although Motorola continues to languish behind bigger companies like Samsung and Apple in terms of market share for smartphones and tablets, that has not stopped them from producing some noteworthy devices. The latest such device is the new Nexus 6 smartphone from Google and Motorola has a new Droid device, the DROID TURBO, ready to be released by Verizon. The company also made a big point about last year’s Moto X being produced in the U.S., although the company is now bracing for ownership by China-based Lenovo. With so much change and activity, Motorola wants to make sure job seekers do not forget them and have release a video to highlight the company and what it is like working there.
With “bendgate” lighting up the Internet the past couple weeks after new iPhones got into the hands of consumers, OnePlus has released a video that shows some of the quality tests that their smartphones undergo to try to ensure the devices will survive life in the wild. The video shows eight different tests that OnePlus smartphones are subjected to as part of the company’s quality control protocols. Possibly taking a shot at Apple, OnePlus starts the video off with the Sit Test which appears to try to simulate the device being in someone’s pocket when they sit down. The test applies 25kg (55 lbs) of “weight” 1,000 times in an attempt to see whether the device will bend or break.
In conjunction with the announcement of Android One smartphones in India today, Google announced a change to the YouTube app for customers in that country. The YouTube app for Android smartphones will be able to download videos when a customer is on a WiFi connection and then they can be watched later when no connection is available. According to Google this new feature will be “a great benefit for times with a slow connection or rewatching videos without using up the data plan.”
Since the Android One series of smartphones is targeted at lower price-points for a market like India, it makes sense for Google to try something like this to help Indian consumers avoid additional data charges or having to upgrade to plans with large or unlimited data caps. We will have to wait to see if Google makes this feature available for markets outside of India. This could probably benefit users around the globe, especially those moving to data plans with caps as carriers increasingly move away from unlimited data. Users who find themselves in locations or situations where any kind of connection is spotty at best would probably appreciate the ability to store videos on their device for later viewing. Users currently have to rely on a variety of different tools to achieve this, so having the capability native to the app would make things much easier.
Continuing with their “Ready to Note?” theme for the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event, the company has released four new videos, joining one released a couple days ago, highlighting how customers use their Note devices. Each video is a “Love Note” with a different user describing how they have used their Note devices and the kind of impact it has had on their life.
You can check out each of the videos after the break.
Emphasizing the importance of handwriting, especially in childhood development, Samsung has released a new teaser video for their Unpacked event scheduled for September 3rd. Closing with the question “Ready to note?” the video shares absolutely nothing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which is expected to be announced at the event. Instead, Samsung spends time noting the benefits of writing and claims that was the reason for the introduction of the S Pen in the original Galaxy Note device.
Hit the break to check out the video and then let us know in the comments how well you think Samsung’s marketing folks did with the spot.
To access your purchased Google Play Movies content, you previously had to go to the Google Play Movies & TV application.
But today, Google has updated its YouTube app to now integrate Google Play Movies & TV, allowing you to access your purchased videos straight from YouTube.
Check out the “Purchases” screen after the break.
Project Tango has raised quite a few eyebrows since the rumors have started flowing just a few months ago.
It’s got a 7-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, WiFi, BTLE, and 4G LTE. Just like the Tango phone, the tablet will consist of cameras and sensors that give it the ability to map its surroundings.
Now it’s finally here, and we’ve got it all on tape for a first look video of the device. Hit the break for the video below.
The Gear Live, Samsung’s first Android Wear smartwatch, will be available for purchase on the Google Play Store later today.
We’re at Google I/O right now and have a hands-on video for you right now. It’s just a quick look for now, but we’ll have more for you on the device (as well as a review, as usual) later on.
Hit the break for the video. Check it out for yourself!
The Moto X+1 has been grabbing headlines for quite some time now and a blurry video of the device was just leaked yesterday. However, today we get to see the camera capability of the device.
A video that appeared on YouTube earlier allegedly appears to be a video sample of the Moto X+1 featuring a 4K video recording. The video quality isn’t as impressive but it can be due to the YouTube compression which effects its quality. However, the main issue was that the focusing wasn’t quite consistent. Yet, we can’t be judgmental since the device is still in the prototyping stage and is not the final build ready for consumers.
Take a look at the video right after the break.