Android TV UPDATEs

Alfawise S95, now equipped with the new SoC Amlogic S905W for 4K

Surely you will know the manufacturer Alfawise, dedicated almost exclusively to Android TV systems and peripherals for PC. Today we are going to talk about the latest addition to its catalog of solutions TV Box, the Alfawise S95, which not only promises to provide all the performance of the new SoC Amlogic S905W for 4K resolution, but also has a price output of just over 25 euros, which makes it a very appealing device if you still do not have an Android TV at home.

Surely you will know the manufacturer Alfawise, dedicated almost exclusively to Android TV systems and peripherals for PC.

Let’s start as always by talking about the internal hardware that mounts the computer. In this case as we mentioned before the S95 mounts an Amlogic S905W processor, the evolved version of the S905 famous for being among the first to provide power and compatibility for content playback at 4K resolution. Now this SoC assembles four ARM Cortex A53 cores at 2 Ghz, and is accompanied by the same ARM Mali 450 GPU. In this case, Alfawise has mounted two versions of the device in terms of RAM and storage: one with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB eMMC, and another with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB eMMC.

The device uses factory-built Android 7.1 operating system adapted to televisions, and is capable of converting any television that has an HDMI on a Smart TV with access to content both Internet and local LAN if we have a file server. For this it has WiFi connectivity 802.11 b / g / n, and supports the DLNA, NTSC and Miracast protocols. The company already has installed YouTube, Netflix, HBO, Twitter, etc, and thanks to its built-in USB 3.0 ports, we can directly connect external hard disks up to 4 TB to play the content of these on Android TV.

Finally, it should be mentioned that it has quite small dimensions (measures 10.5 x 10.5 x 1.5 centimeters and weighs 120 grams), and thanks to its black color will look good anywhere. It has a front display that will show the playing time of what we have in each moment, and the time when we have it at rest. Count how not, with a remote control to control all its functions from the sofa. By the way, its cooling is totally passive, so it does not make any noise.

Currently it can be purchased for $ 29.99 (about 25 euros) with shipping costs included in the price, for the 2 GB + 16 GB model that is good, the other seems insufficient even if it is cheaper.

Android Smartwatch

New Balance RunIQ, New Android smartwatch for sportsmen

After one full year by the announcement of the opening of the Digital Sports Division , New Balance presented RunIQ, its first specific smartwatch for runners , based on Android Wear and developed in collaboration with Intel and Strava.

This smartwatch design is simple with a plastic shell, interchangeable straps and mainly devoted to functionality rather than the stylistic accuracy. Watching him, in fact, you immediately notice its sporty nature thanks to three customizable physical buttons , the perforated strap to allow adequate breathability, and the sensor for the heartbeat in the lower part.

New Balance RunIQ, new Android Wear smartwatch for sportsmen at CES 2017
Inside of this New Balance smartwatch we find an Intel processor and a battery that provides 5 hours of battery life with the active GPS and heart rate monitoring , or up to 24 hours of normal use. The wearable is also water resistant to 5 ATM (50 meters). As for the software, New Balance has been working intensively with Strava realizing a Fitness app that allows you to parse and display many detailed statistics on your training and then share them with the entire community of sports.

The RunIQ can be combined, of course, a couple of BT headphones, useful to listen to your own music playlist during your workout using Google Play Music , and, in this regard, New Balance also presented NB PaceIQ EarBuds , a couple of sports headsets from Jabra developed that will be available for purchase at a price of 115 Euros .

At CES 2017 also room to smartwatch and in particular to the new RunIQ Platform Android Wear made by New Balance in collaboration with Intel, Strava and Google
Powered by Intel Processor Z34XX , the RunIQ New Balance has a 1:39 inch AMOLED display and 512 MB RAM with 4GB of native storage inside. The back of the case houses an optical heart rate monitor, and a GPS is integrated. RunIQ is water resistant to 50 meters, can withstand sudden storms and even a quick dip. The battery promises a battery life of 24 hours depending on mode (without GPS, and control of the active beat) and up to 5 hours with GPS and control of the active pulse.


The first New Balance smartwatch, however, will be sold at a price not exactly content of 375 Euros , and both can be pre-ordered with shipments that will take place starting next February 2 . Interesting to point out that all those who purchase it before the actual availability , will be honored with 3 months Strava Premium .

For more information, please visit the official page of the manufacturer.

Android GOOGLE

Some interesting facts about the new Google phone, Nexus 6P

Last September Google launched its new phone Nexus 6P Equipped with powerful features like a powerful camera, fingerprint sensor and a port that can charge the battery faster, this team will be released with the latest version of the Android operating system, version 6.0 or also known as Marshmallow.

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The Google Nexus 6P, manufactured by Huawei promises high quality photographs with its 12MP camera and a reinforced safety due to the recognition of our fingerprints. Nexus is the first phone with metal casing and slim unibody format. It will be sold in four colors: aluminum, graphite, frost and gold. Its 5.7 inch screen resolution WQHD offer. Also it has an energy-saving system when the computer is idle.

According to Google and Huawei this phone classifiable phone high but economical range , to be below the price of other manufacturers, which would be available to a wider audience. One of the disadvantages mentioned on this team, is related to its battery, as it is integrated. This limitation does not allow the user to change it, if necessary.

Android Curious Gadgets Hi-Tech Gadgets

Samsung Gear smartwatch get the biometric sensor

The company Samsung has always gone further than its competitors in the market, and decided to bring real innovations from television to smartphones with the integration of the fingerprinting sensor.

But here it is now focusing on another area, namely that of smartwatch integrating a whole new patent known as Biosignal ID. Unfortunately we do not know how the Korean company is able to integrate biometrics in a wearable device, Samsung Gear smartwatch, perhaps we can see the iris scan , of gestures all personalized that will give way to recognize only the owner authentic.

integrate biometrics in a wearable device

The patent in question is certainly very interesting considering that it is based on an access control system that starts with two processes so as to increase safety. Obviously the level of security is not activated so simply in fact will have to activate certain setting, or it will start automatically when you use specific applications.

We will see this system implemented Biosignal ID on the next wearable device Samsung Orbis, although the patent describes a smartwatch by an aesthetic similar to what is already the market offers so we just have to wait for more details.

Android VOIP

Smart Voice Recorder Android App

There are many application for Android that can be adapted to all kinds of situations and lead. In some situations it can be very interesting to record the audio of a meeting or conversation in order to save and store all the details accurately with names, numbers and phones.

In this way, quietly listening again to the file, you can take note of all the details provided by the customer or your friend. If you are looking for an innovative tool that allows to record in a professional manner you should definitely try Smart Voice Recorder.

It is a free application that will allow you to be integrated into your Android smartphone. At your disposal you will have a product characterized by excellent audio quality voice, voice activation, a tool dedicated to setting the threshold of noise and other special features.

with Smart Voice Recorder you can pause and automatically recording

Moreover with Smart Voice Recorder you can pause and automatically recording when the audio is below a predetermined threshold noise, thus avoiding to record anything. The main innovative features of the program are:

  • sensitivity control mode Skip Silence
  • spectrum analyzer audio
  • encoding sampling rate adjustable
  • recording in the background when the display is off
  • Instrument calibration microphone gain
  • Recording time limit of 2GB per file
  • sending / sharing registration e-mail, dropbox, etc..

Record Set ringtone, notification or alarm

Are you ready to have a professional recorder always at your fingertips? It is time to get to know in detail this innovative tool that will not disappoint your expectations.

Android Future Tech

Sony SmartWatch 2: new generation of Android watches

The Sony SmartWatch 2 was presented this morning by the Asian company in a journey that has given much of himself, as well as announcing this new generation of watches also unveiled the new Xperia Z Ultra.

The new watch is the next generation smartwatch with Android operating system which is also waterproof. This device can easily connect to your phone using NFC technology is a very simple one touch.

Thus, this multifunctional watch provides an interface for Android applications and can simultaneously perform as all in one remote control terminal and when not connected function as an independent clock.

Features of Sony SmartWatch 2

The features packed into this Sony SmartWatch 2 are first measures 41.6 x 41.1 x 9 mm and weighs 48.4 grams with silicone strap and 122.5 grams if using metal strap. The clock display is touch LCD transflective, which means perfectly suitable for viewing in both low-light environments such as extreme light-of 1.6 inches and a resolution of 220 x 176 pixels in full color. One thing to keep in mind is that it is the first Android watch with water resistant but not suitable for bathing or showering with it as it is only splash proof.

The Android version running the Sony SmartWatch 2 is the 4.0 and later. It also includes a battery whose duration varies between 5 and 6 days with a low level and using 3 to 4 days with regular use. The way is by connecting charging micro USB. Regarding the connectivity it includes Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC as discussed above.

As for the functions you can perform the SmartWatch, for call management that is laying can call, answer and reject calls and view missed calls and call log. They can also send SMS/MMS, e-mail consulting Gmail and Facebook application among other things, such as Runastic or music.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 is available in color black metallic with a strap of 24 mm, ie the standard size to combine with which you want, plus it will shortly interchangeable straps . The clock rate is not available yet but it is known that the date will reach markets worldwide, will be in September.

Android Multimedia Tablet

Ematic announces a Tablet for children

The market for portable devices, and in particular the tablets, has reached such magnitude that these days speaks of a diversification into areas divided by age, mainly (although categorization is also for professional activities).

Ematic announces a Tablet for children

One of the latest examples, it provides you is the Ematic company, with its last appearance in the field of tablets. Steps guided by the Archos ChildPad, FunTab Pro seeks a niche among the smallest of the House.

Ematic tablet for children is a device with a capacitive 7-inch screen with resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, operating system Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and hardware aimed, mainly, at multimedia entertainment.

This is how we find a CPU at 1 GHz, accompanied by a 400 MHz GPU core and a large RAM of 1 GB. The internal storage is 8 GB, although there is option to insert a microSD up to 32 GB.

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It has, in addition, two cameras VGA, HDMI mini output, connection through WiFi and USB 2.0 port. As for the software, its developers have introduced some educational applications, as well as some games. The official price is $ 150.


Android 4.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab

One of the biggest drawbacks of Android is the delay of a few updates since it announced a version until it reaches the user devices. Each manufacturer adapts its own user interface to give a personalized touch to the platform and thus often delayed until a time is all set to launch the final version Jelly Bean. The latest installment of Android 4.1 update was filed last June. Among the improvements in the new version are the Google Now wizard offering personalized information to users based on their tastes and routines will be as if anticipating what we’re going to do. The customizable widgets have also been improved and the system performance will be more fluid through function Project Butter.

Android 4.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab

Some manufacturers like Samsung are trying to get the updates are not delayed so that users can enjoy the improvements as soon as possible. An example would be the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which shipped with Android 4.1, or the Samsung Galaxy S3 should receive the new version officially soon. But, since the platform was unified, not only works on smartphones but also is compatible with tablets. Thanks to blog RedmondPie we learned that two tablets of the Korean company can now enjoy their fill of Jelly Bean because that has leaked a version to download wirelessly.

The devices in question are the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, both can now install Android 4.1 but remember that this is not the final version. ROM circulating a draft that is not finished and this sense can produce errors in operation. Furthermore only supports 3G versions of these two tablets, the models have only Wi-Fi can not install it.

For now Samsung has not offered an exact date for the arrival of the update to these models but it would be confirmed that one of the candidates to upgrade in the future, hopefully not too distant future. The Korean company is working hard to ensure that all their customers can enjoy the benefits of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is expected to begin soon launch the updates for their handsets more popular as the already mentioned Samsung Galaxy S3.

Android GOOGLE

Technical specification and Analysis of the Nexus 7 tablet

After positioning in the large market of smartphones with the Nexus family with Android operating system, Google will attack juicier sector in recent months, that of the tablets.

Technical specification and Analysis of the Nexus 7 tablet
The first bet of the company is called Nexus 7 tablet and presented during the last Google I / O. It is manufactured by the company ASUS, which has done a great job. Releases latest version of Android, 4.1 and is already on sale so online. In the coming days will be available in stores.

Choosing Google has been creating its own model with the help of an outside manufacturer (ASUS in this case), in addition to the latest release of its OS. Provides an excellent finish and combines two features inseparable: 7 inches in size and affordable price.

While some still prefer the larger models (9 to 10 inches) this tablet is very comfortable and lightweight, ideal for carrying to and fro. It has a screen bright and spacious with a shot under plastic pretending to be metal. In the rear, with materials pleasant to touch, you can appreciate the quality of the device.

In terms of connections, the bottom is the microUSB port (for charging) and headphone output. On the right side there is a port for accessories. We can also find the power button and the volume.

One has a camera, front, for video calling. Not be opened, place cards microSD or change the battery, and also provides video output. It weighs only 340 grams (a little more than the Kindle Fire) and its thickness is 10.45 mm.

The panel is touch and IPS with resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels, with a density of 213 ppi. The icons and texts are sharp. The price, which many will want to know, is 200 euros.

Android Networking

Mini Xplus Android Mini PC with improved heat dissipation

The Mini Xplus just been adjusted and is back in stock. Reportedly, the new device now provides a better ventilation to improve heat dissipation. The baseplate is separated from its housing, thus allowing increased airflow.
Mini Xplus Android Mini PC with improved heat dissipation
The Mini Xplus is basically a tiny PC running on the operating system Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It features an ARM Cortex-A8 Allwinner A10, 512 MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage and microSD card slot for expansion.

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The Mini Xplus has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (external antenna), 2 USB 2.0 ports, and of course, HDMI. It also comes with a remote control.

The Android mini PC Mini Xplus is offered at a price equivalent to about 67 euros and comes in three color options: blue, black and red. According to the source, this mini PC will be available in 1GB of RAM in the near future.