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Google teams up with Samsung to fix Wear OS

The two have merged their operating systems

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There was a rumor that Samsung will ditch Tizen OS in favor of Wear OS. As it turns out, Google and Samsung have teamed up to merge their smartwatch operating systems, resulting in a new platform called Wear.

At the Google I/O keynote, Google revealed it’s partnering with Samsung to create a new unified platform that includes the goodness of both. The next Galaxy-branded watch is confirmed to run on the new software and shall be launched later in the year.

The announcement was limited to teasers as Google and Samsung haven’t shared any screenshots of the new OS. Samsung’s contribution is expected to be significant on the hardware side as it’ll bring a new line of chips under the Exynos branding. Qualcomm’s chips haven’t worked as expected, ultimately pulling down the smartwatch platform.

Wear OS and Tizen

Wear is boasted to be 30 percent faster at launching apps while maintaining better battery life via low power cores. The new OS will also bring new functionality like turn-by-turn navigation on Google Maps, stream via YouTube Music, and more. Google has already teased apps like Strava, Adidas Running, and Bitmoji. Spotify has also announced that it’s rebuilding its app and bringing the ability to download apps and podcasts.

Android 12 has introduced Google’s Material You design, and it’ll also be an integral part of Wear. The merger looks perfect as Tizen has always got the basics right but struggles with third-party app support and a progressive ecosystem. Google, on the other hand, gets bogged down due to inefficient hardware.

The presentation also highlighted Google’s acquisition of Fitbit and how it has helped frame the new Wear platform. Popular Fitbit features like all-day fitness tracking, and goal-based motivation shall be coming to the new OS. Fitbit will also be building its own smartwatches based on Wear in the future.

Apple Watch has always dominated the smartwatch segment, and there was little Google could do. With the new merger, Wear OS finally gets enough firepower to justify its existence.

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Nokia G20 now official, promises 3-day battery life

In the budget segment

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Nokia G20

Nokia has been focused on releasing budget line phones that offer good value. After announcing the Nokia G10, the company has now unveiled the Nokia G20.

The Nokia G20 features a 6.5-inch teardrop display — plenty of real estate for all sorts of things that you do with your smartphone like watching videos, browsing social, and playing games.

Running Vanilla Android, it comes with Android 11 straight out of the box and promises three years of early and consistent security updates and two years of software upgrades. The three-day battery life promise comes from both having vanilla Android as well as a 5,050mAh battery.

For unlocking, it has both a side fingerprint sensor and face unlock options. It also has a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Heading over to the cameras. The Nokia G20 sports a 48MP main shooter flanked by 2MP macro and 2MP depth shooters. For selfies, there’s an 8MP front facing camera.

Price and availability

The Nokia G20 retails for US$ 199. It will be available starting June 28 on nokia.com/phones, in the 4GB+128GB dual SIM variant. Storage is expandable up to 512GB via a MicroSD card slot. It also comes in two colors: Shimmering Night and Cool Glacier.

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Lenovo Go accessories are specially made for remote workplaces

Adjusting to the new normal

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Remote working has become a routine now, and companies are increasingly adopting a hybrid work culture. Work-from-home is just one of them, and many are opting for a nomadic life that’s not too far away from the city but far enough from the usual. Lenovo Go-branded accessories are specially designed to fit this hybrid culture.

The broad portfolio of purpose-built PC accessories is conceived to address common productivity pain points such as multitasking on several devices, low battery anxiety, or bad audio quality during calls.

Lenovo Go

The Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse lets you pair up to three devices and connect them effortlessly with a single button. If you’re looking for something different, the Wireless Vertical Mouse offers an optimized angle and curvature that mimicks a natural handshake position. Its accuracy is up to 2400 dots per inch (DPI) and includes six programmable buttons.

There’s also a USB-C Wireless Charging Kit that can charge any 13 to 14-inch laptop. All you need to do is lay the 65W mat and connect the receiver to one of the USB-C ports. The moment you place your laptop on the desk, it’s ready to charge. The Wireless Mobile Power Bank has a capacity of 10,000mAh and can simultaneously charge up to 30W of devices, one via wireless Qi and two via USB-C.

There’s also a Wired Speakerphone that eliminates headset pressure and delivers top-notch sound. It contains two microphones for beamforming and far-field pickup to improve voice clarity.  In case you’re looking for something that’s audio-focused, the Wired ANC Headset and Wireless ANC Headset offer maximum options in terms of connectivity. The latter also supports USB-C connections and dual pairing. Lastly, an In-ear option is also available, which also supports ANC (Active Noise Cancellation).

Tech Accessories Organizer is also available with compression-molded compartments and splash-proof zippers to keep care of all your accessories.

Price and Availability

Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse July 2021 €49 (US$ 58)
Lenovo Go USB-C Wireless Mouse July 2021 €36 (US$ 43)
Lenovo Go Wireless Vertical Mouse Aug 2021 €49 (US$ 59)
Lenovo Go Wireless Split Keyboard Oct 2021 €89 (US$ 106)
Lenovo Go Wireless Numeric Keypad Oct 2021 €49 (US$ 59)
Lenovo Go USB-C Laptop Power Bank (20,000 mAh) July 2021 €80 (US$ 95)
Lenovo Go Wireless Mobile Power Bank (10,000 mAh) Jan 2022 €69 (US$ 82)
Lenovo Go Wireless Charging Kit Oct 2021 €139 (US$ 154)
Lenovo Go Wired ANC Headset Nov 2021 €99 (US$ 120)
Lenovo Go Wireless ANC Headset Nov 2021 €159 (US$ 190)
Lenovo Go ANC In-ear Headphones Nov 2021 €79 (US$ 95)
Lenovo Go Wired Speakerphone Oct 2021 €99 (US$ 120)
Lenovo Go Tech Accessories Organizer Sep 2021 €45 (US$ 54)
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DITO rebranded Globe At Home modem seller arrested

The scammer was caught via a sting operation

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Some time last week, there were reports of Globe At Home modems being sold as rebranded DITO modems. Globe then issued a warning and worked with the Philippine National Police to pin down the suspect.

On June 23, 2021, Globe announced that the suspect has been captured. According to the police report, the suspect named Marlou de Paz was captured in a sting operation in Pala-Pala, Brgy. Sampaloc Dasmarinas Cavite. The 33-year old De Paz is under investigation for violating RA 8484, or the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998.

De Paz was caught illegally selling “openline DITO modems” on various Facebook community groups for Cavite-based residents. In his post, he stated that any telco operator’s SIM may be used for the unit to function. The post also openly claimed that the modems are the Tozed “S10g Home Prepaid WiFi device.”

Globe is currently the only authorized distributor of these Tozed S10G modems in the Philippines. The telco is taking the necessary steps in ensuring that its customers are well-protected from illegal activities concerning its products and devices.

 

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