The Google Glass flopped. The first Snap Spectacles ended up in the dark corners of our drawers. The world isn’t ready for mass-produced smart glasses yet. Snap hopes to change that with another go at their Spectacles.
Today, Snap has launched their new update to the Spectacles. While they do remain largely similar, the updated version adds in a bunch of solutions to the first one’s flaws.
The Spectacle’s “biggest” change is a smaller and thinner frame. The previous one suffered from a bulkier frame that made it look like toy sunglasses. Thankfully, the new Spectacles (and its case) are now a third smaller, offering a more comfortable fit inside your bag.
Underneath its plastic frame, the Spectacles comes with a variety of functionality additions. Most notably, they can now take still photos, besides Snaps.
They now ship with dual microphones, which purportedly reduce wind and outside noise. Additionally, they reduced their field of view to 105 degrees from 115 degrees. While this reduces the coverage of the shot, it should also reduce the jarring fisheye distortion.
Much like other Wi-Fi-compatible cameras, the old Spectacles required users to connect to their customized Wi-Fi network just to transfer files to your phone. It’s a tedious process. At the very least, the new Spectacles have reduced transfer times to make it marginally more bearable.
Also, through a partnership with Lensabl, Snap can now offer the Spectacles with prescription lenses.
Finally, the new Spectacles are now resistant to shallow waters. Sadly, Snap has not provided this feature’s exact limits. However, promotional materials claim that you can take them to the pool or the beach.
With the flurry of new features, Snap upped the Spectacles’ price to US$ 149.99. It will come in three colors: Onyx, Ruby, and Sapphire. You can now purchase them online here, if you’re in the US. Other countries will receive them on May 3.
Google asks smartphone makers to pay for Play Store
In response to EU’s ruling
Months ago, Google landed in a scalding pool of Europe’s hot water. The European Competition Commission accused the company of anti-competition practices. Among other things, Google forced smartphone makers to bundle Chrome and Google Search as a requirement. According to the commission, the stipulation gives the company an unfair advantage over its rivals.
Eventually, the Commission hammered down a guilty verdict. From this, Google paid a record-breaking fine to the European Union. Besides this, the company had to stop the indicted practice.
Now, Google is finally implementing a resolution for the guilty verdict. Starting this month, the company will change its offered bundles for smartphone makers in the EU.
As opposed to enforcing the bundle, Google will offer Android’s apps for a price. Instead of a strong-arm strategy, Google’s new strategy aims for the best of both worlds. Smartphone companies can opt out of the program. Historically, some companies have already opted out of Android’s app ecosystem. For example, Chinese smartphones often implement their own variants because of China’s prohibitions.
Additionally, Google will loosen its regulations against forked versions of its Android operating system. Some smartphone makers alter Android’s inner workings for their own uses. Most notoriously, Xiaomi uses its own MIUI software. Previously, the bundling scheme swayed the deal towards Google’s favor, despite any proprietary changes. With looser regulations, companies can fork all they want.
Now, companies can sell smartphones running forked Androids. That is, if they also sell a separate smartphone with Google’s untouched software.
Amid all these changes, Android remains as free software for smartphones. Android can maintain its status as the world’s most ubiquitous operating system. However, if this issue elicits any questions, it’s this: How will Google’s new schema affect the casual consumer? Right now, we’ll have to wait and see.
6 iPhone apps for your well-being
Mental health is important!
World Mental Health Day may have come and gone but that shouldn’t mean that your well-being should be pushed aside. In fact, a healthy disposition should always be practiced. How does one do that in today’s fast-paced world?
We’ve got apps for you!
Omvana is a meditation app that measures stress levels and even your state of mind; it’s your personal mindfulness coach! The app also automatically connects to HealthKit.
With guided meditations, breathing exercises, sleep stories, and relaxing music, this app will help make sure you’re always in a relaxed mood.
Don’t know how to meditate? This app allows for guided meditations from the industry’s best practitioners!
Another guided meditation app which allows you to manage stress and even apply meditative practice to your every day. There’s also a sleep experience feature which promises better rest and calmness.
Aura’s three-minute meditations will bring more positivity to your life. The app also does life coaching, relaxing music, and even personalized meditations.
Better sleep means a better disposition! This app tracks sleep automatically with Advanced Heuristics AutoSleep so you’ll always have the info at hand.
What are you waiting for? Get to downloading and happy meditating!
Facebook Lite comes to iPhones at less than 5MB
It consumes less power, too!
After being enjoyed by Android users for years, the slimmed down version of Facebook’s main app finally arrived on iOS. Although, it’s only available to a select few — for now.
The Facebook Lite app was originally designed for developing countries where mobile data can be unreliable and Android phones are pretty basic. But, it also gained popularity among users with better phones because it uses way less data than the main Facebook app.
On iOS, the lite version is available for download through the Apple App Store for less than 5MB. Apart from being an easy download, it also uses less battery power and occupies minimal storage space.
This is going to be ideal for iPhones and even iPod Touch devices that are already showing signs of slowing down. The app is compatible with devices running iOS 9.0 and later.
For now, the app is only available in Turkey. As the testing phase expands to other regions, Facebook Lite will eventually be open for everyone.
Via: Business Insider
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