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Serenity is GadgetMatch’s first wallpaper for 2019

Made by the same artist from the Philippines

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GadgetMatch’s newest and first wallpaper for 2019 is here! Early in February, we tapped our Hang Loose wallpaper’s creator, Oliver James Simbulan, to lend us these beautiful architectural renders in time for the Samsung Galaxy S10 launch.

Entitled “Serenity,” these architectural renders reflect the artist’s love for beaches, palm trees, sunsets, and waves. The artist told GadgetMatch that it never fails to make him feel calm and at peace. His love for the tropics and summertime inspired him to render tropical-themed resort and villas.

These renders accompany the new premium-looking design of Samsung’s anniversary phone. When you’ve got a gorgeous phone, you got to pair it with a stunning wallpaper.

But of course, there are options to choose from!

From left to right: Serenity in Midnight (S10), Serenity in Daytime (S10+), Serenity in Sunset (S10e)

Download Serenity here.

About the artist

Oliver James Simbulan is a CAD designer and a young architecture student from the Philippines. For collaborations and project inquiries, reach him at Behance and LinkedIn.


GadgetMatch’s wallpapers are open to fellow Matchketeers hoping to share their creativity and artistic skills through illustrations, architectural renders, aerial shots, stunning photographs, and other forms of artwork. If you want to contribute, reach out to our associate creative director on Twitter.

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GadgetMatch Unlocked: Join the conversation!

Instagram Live with Michael Josh!

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In these strange and trying times of city lockdowns, self isolation and social distancing, technology connects us, allowing to be alone together. Video calls have become the go-to platform not only for hanging out in large numbers, but also for hosting concerts and shows, even television programs.

This is why we’re bringing you GadgetMatch Unlocked!

Michael Josh is back on Instagram Live to speak with his friends — movers and shakers in the tech industry to chat about how folks from around the world are coping at home and dealing with the crisis, how technology is playing a huge part in keeping us all sane, and what the future, post COVID-19 might be like.

The show starts streaming daily from this Thursday, April 9th.

Here’s a rundown on confirmed guests:

WEEK 1:

  • April 9, Thursday (9am ET /6am PT /9pm +8GMT): Amber Mac (Toronto, Canada)
  • April 10, Friday (1pm ET/10am PT / 1am Saturday +8GMT ): John Rettinger (Los Angeles, USA)
  • April 11, Saturday (11am ET /8am PT / 11pm +8GMT): SuperSaf (Leicester, UK)

WEEK 2:

  • April 13, Monday (9am ET /6am PT /9pm +8GMT): Gabriel Arestivo of HDBLOG.it (Milan, Italy)
  • April 14, Tuesday (9am ET /6am PT /9pm +8GMT): Elly Awesome (Brisbane, Australia)
  • April 15, Wednesday (11am ET /8am PT /11pm +8GMT): Jaime Rivera of PocketNow (La Ceiba, Honduras)
  • April 16, Thursday (11am ET/ 8am PT / 11pm +8GMT): Michael Fisher aka Mr. Mobile (Brooklyn, USA)
  • April 17, Friday (1pm ET/10am PT / 1am Saturday +8GMT ): Zach Honig of ThePointsGuy (Philidelphia, USA)

WEEK 3:

TBA

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GadgetMatch AR Filter: Camera Lens

Our very first AR filter for Instagram Stories!

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One of the recent trends in the smartphone industry is the sudden increase in camera lenses. Just how many do we need, really? Since we don’t have an answer yet, the GadgetMatch team decided to have fun and create an AR filter out of it.

Introducing Camera Lens, our very first AR filter on Instagram Stories. This filter allows you to wear sunglasses made of camera lenses from popular smartphones. You can choose from different brands: Apple, Xiaomi, Samsung, Nokia, OnePlus, and Google.

How to try the filter

First, visit GadgetMatch’s profile (@gadgetmatch) on your Instagram app. Then, click the sparkling smiley icon beside IGTV. Afterward, click the “Camera Lens” featuring Vincenz Lee — one of our producers and the creative behind this filter.

When you finally try it, save the effect, upload it to your story and share it with your friends. Don’t forget to tag GadgetMatch so we can see how much you’re enjoying it!

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Awesome BLACKPINK at Samsung’s event in Indonesia

Truly an Awesome event

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Remember when GadgetMatch went to Samsung’s A Galaxy Event in Thailand where they launched the Galaxy A80? This time, it’s in Indonesia — but with a twist.

This is a special fan meeting for BLINKs who happened to be Samsung users. The live event was held at the Tennis Indoor Stadium in Senayan where the 18th Asian Games and other popular concerts took place.

(L-R) Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, Rosé, and Lee Jeong Hoon (a Korean artist based in Indonesia)

Upon our arrival, Jennie, Lisa, Rosé, and Jisoo greeted us through the large LED screen talking about Samsung’s new smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71

Those smartphones are the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 — their newest midrange offerings. They both have an awesome screen, awesome camera, and long-lasting battery life (which honestly played in everyone’s mind for hours after they played the TVC).

 

Inside the venue, there’s a booth where you can have your photo taken with banners and signage. Another booth lets you write on a black slate using gold, silver, and pink markers. Lastly, you can show off your ‘Awesome’ TikTok dance moves through the dancing booth.

Vincenz, our in-house producer, left a short message after missing out last year’s concert: 사랑해 블랙핑크 ❤️(I love BLACKPINK).

BLINKs were hyped enough to sing several songs including Forever Young.

The screams and chants were intense after BLACKPINK showed themselves on stage.

Awesome girl group, awesome performances

The Awesome Live event lives up to its name as BLACKPINK cover groups from different parts of Southeast Asia showed their awesome performances and remixes.

The choreography of the Filipino cover group Gabriela (with the popular celebrity and K-Pop fan Ella Cruz) was jaw-dropping. Even BP’s main dancer, Lisa, got totally impressed.

 

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After the performances of all cover groups, BLACKPINK gave awards to the respective winners.

They even had a mini interview and quiz session.

It’s sad to say that BLACKPINK’s appearance was short (ㅠㅠ). We were also anticipating a surprise performance but it didn’t happen. Regardless, we were very happy to see all the members.

No BLACKPINK Edition phones, yet

Unlike the last event where Samsung showcased the limited BLACKPINK Edition Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A80, there’s nothing of the same kind — at least for now.

BLACKPINK Edition Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy A80

As not all BLINKs can afford the premium-priced Galaxy A80, we’re hoping that Samsung would deliver a similar product through the Galaxy A51/A71 line.

We just need to wait for a BLACKPINK comeback first before Samsung gives us a BLACKPINK Edition smartphone once more 😉.

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