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Top 10 Android-compatible wearables better than the Apple Watch

One can safely assume the decision to support iPhones on the Android Wear platform didn’t come easy for Google. Always an endorser of diversity and choice, the search giant would love it if its customers only had to pick between hardware products built by sanctioned brands.

Apple Watch vs Android Wear

But iPhones make the mobile world go round, and in order to stop the Apple Watch from rapidly rising to similar popularity levels, the Android architects made a major compromise, indirectly giving their blessing to the arch-rival’s main cash cow.

Cupertino likely accepted the “vote of confidence” without thinking twice, even if the Android Wear’s cross-platform support could soon prove a double-edged sword for Tim Cook & co. Will “iWatch” sales linger, while LG, Motorola, Asus, Huawei and Sony, plus Samsung, Pebble, Microsoft and Fitbit get to see their market share grow?

Android Wear devices

It’s possible, at least if we have a say in this, and you lose your flock instincts, going for the wearable device that objectively looks better, not the one the crowds are recommending. Namely, one of the ten following Android-compatible smartwatches and activity trackers superior to the Apple Watch:

LG Watch Urbane – $278 in silver; $299 pink gold

Until the 2015 Moto 360 and Huawei Watch become widely available stateside, this beaut remains the handsomest of its kind. It’s perfectly round, unlike the boxy, rectangular Apple Watch, breathes strength through every pore, yet also elegance and slimness, courtesy of a 10.9 mm profile, and 66.5 grams weight.

LG Watch Urbane

Water and dust resistant, the Watch Urbane may soon spawn a high-res sequel, though at 320 x 320 pixels, it’s already pretty sharp. And it lasts a while between charges, thanks to a 410 mAh battery.

Motorola Moto 360 (original) – starting at $147

Obviously eclipsed by its recently unveiled follow-up in style, autonomy and especially customization, the 2014 Moto 360 is cheap enough to stay in the limelight a few more months. Even in snazzy cognac leather, light metal and champagne gold metal versions, it sets you back around $150 a pop, which is peanuts compared to the “entry-level” $350 tag of the Apple Watch.

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Mind you, this is one of the first Android Wear pieces that will offer iPhone synchronization functions, although it should still work better pulling notifications from a Moto X Style or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Motorola Moto 360 (second-gen)

Only up on pre-order from Lenovo’s daughter company, the polished men and women’s 360 starts at $300, which feels excessive. Next to the OG, that is, not the clearly inferior and still pricier Apple Watch.

Moto 360 2015

With a refined exterior, improved battery, a whole lot of size, case, bezel, band and face choice, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Android Wear single-handedly propelled to the mainstream by the “New” Moto 360.

Huawei Watch – $350 and up

Okay, so it’s not exactly affordable. It actually matches the “iWatch” in terms of retail costs, but with a big, fat fashion advantage. Oh, yes, the $350 flavor is a definite knockout, what with its circular body, robust stainless steel construction, and distinguished black suture leather strap.

Huawei Watch

What does the Apple Watch offer at $350? A fluoroelastomer (read good, old-fashioned, chintzy rubber) band, awkward squarish build, anodized aluminum (i.e. a material short of steel toughness), and let’s not even go into specifications like screen resolution, processing power, or non-iPhone-dependent productivity.

Asus ZenWatch – $150

We know you’re inclined to wait for the second-gen, but at $150, the original feels almost impossible to turn down. Fashionable in its own way, with a curved 2.5D display, fairly chunky bezels, and a rectangular build, the ZenWatch can do plenty of things sans relying on a phone’s brains.

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It counts steps, estimates calories burned, measures your heart rate, tracks your progress in different sporting activities, not to mention it’s water-protected, endowed with a microphone, stereo speakers, and 4GB internal storage space.

Pebble Time – $195

The newest plastic-made Pebble feels like one of our own, although it technically runs a proprietary operating system, backing both Android and iOS before multi-platform compatibility became the norm rather than the exception.

Pebble Time

The simplistic UI allows the Time to keep the lights on for up to seven days, with a fairly rudimentary 64-color e-paper display in tow. Rudimentary but always-on, and despite the lackluster design, you get Gorilla Glass protection, a curved, ergonomic profile, water endurance up to 30 meters, plus all the essential alerts and notifications brought to your wrist.

It’s definitely not for fashionistas, but people perennially on the move, looking to make their connected lives easier, will love it.

Samsung Gear S2

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They say it’s going to cost $350 stateside in a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-limited configuration, or $400 with standalone 3G connectivity. Too rich for your blood? Too Tizen-y, maybe? Keep in mind it supports an entire slew of Android handhelds, not just Samsungs, it’s got a rotating bezel somewhat similar to Apple Watch’s “crown”, a vivid, circular display with minimal borders, and vows to run for at least two days on a single battery charge. It’s almost worth it, huh?

Samsung Gear S – $200 with AT&T contracts; $330 outright

Samsung Gear S

Let’s be honest, the oddly shaped Gear S is uglier, less functional, powerful and bulkier than its successor, only working in combination with a handful of Galaxy gadgets. On the plus side, it can run solo, it’s relatively inexpensive with carrier pacts, and the Super AMOLED panel still wipes the floor with the “Retina” on the Apple Watch, at 2 full inches and 480 x 360 pixels.

Microsoft Band – $138

We know exactly what you’re thinking. A primitive fitness band that trumps a progressive, extravagant smartwatch?! That’s crazy! Well, it is, and… it isn’t, as the primary use case for intelligent timepieces and activity trackers alike remains various fitness and health application.

Microsoft Band vs Apple Watch

So, if that’s what you’re looking for, why not purchase a contraption designed specifically for tracking your vitals, knowing when to push you, and how to convince you to live a better life. Plus, it’s got a screen, it can do messages and emails and notifications, and works smoothly with Androids, iPhones and Windows Phones for up to two days continuously. It’s pretty much the best of both worlds.

Fitbit Charge HR – $143

Fitbit Charge HR

If you’re willing to give up even more of your fancy wrist computer functions, and get a longer-lasting, simpler, super-reliable wireless activity tracking device, you can’t go wrong with a Fitbit. They’re the sales leaders of the market for a reason, unlike Apple, and the Charge HR deservedly rules supreme in Amazon fitness technology demand.

4.1 out of 5 stars based on 8,800+ customer reviews. Words are truly useless.

How To Transfer Contacts From iPhone To Android Phone

If you’re moving from one platform to another, iOS to Android in this case, you might wonder how much your data you can take with you. For the most part, you might have to leave a lot behind — some apps that are on iOS just aren’t on Android. Transferring applications specifically would require those apps to have an Android counterpart as well as data kept in the Cloud for a seamless transition. However, if you’re just worried about transferring contacts from iOS to Android, you are in luck. There are a couple of ways that you can get your contacts from iOS over to Android in the snap of your fingers.

Follow along below, and we’ll give you a couple of options on how you can complete this task seamlessly.

SIM Card

One thing to keep in mind is that transferring your contacts might just be as simple as swapping your SIM card over. Depending on options you selected when you first started up your iPhone, sometimes your contacts are saved directly to your SIM card — this means that simply swapping your SIM card over to your Android phone should automatically bring all of those contacts with you.

There might be an extra step that you have to take upon setting up your Android phone, such as telling it to pull contact information from your SIM card. It really is as simple as that. However, if you didn’t select that option when you first setup your iPhone, this won’t work for you. But, don’t lose hope! There are still a few options to get your contact information over quickly.

Hardware Adapter

Most Android phones nowadays are allowing you to transfer a lot of your data from your iPhone to your Android device with a hardware adapter. Usually, you will find an adapter you can connect up to your iPhone and then to your Android by cable. With it hooked up, you simply start the process on your Android device and it will pull as much data as it can from your iPhone, including all of your contact information.

Google Drive

In recent time, Google has made it super easy for iPhone users to switch over to Android using the power of Google Drive. Transferring your data over to Android is as simple as downloading Google Drive on your iPhone and logging in with your Google account. Once you log in, head into Menu > Settings > Backup and backup your iPhone’s data. Once the backup process is finished, you can move over to your Android device, and log into it with your Google account that you backed up your iPhone data to. In just a little while, all of your iPhone’s data, including all of the contact information, will be loaded on your Android device.

Keep in mind that backing up your iPhone could take some time depending on the speed of your WiFi connection and how much data you have to back up. It can be a lengthy process doing the restore on your Android phone as well because of those factors.

You can read more about making the Android switch here.

vCards

Another alternative, and one that is much more tedious, is sharing vCards. On your iPhone, you can send individual contacts to your Android phone through email. These are called vCards, and they’re usually shared individually. So, if you have to, you can send a ton of vCards over to your email account, open your email over on Android, and open the contacts individually. This will add them to your Contacts app as you open them.

It’s a pretty tedious process, but is still a way that you can move your contacts over in the event that the other options don’t work out for you.

Verdict

As you can see, moving your contacts from iPhone to Android can be a quick and easy process, depending on the tool that you use. Obviously downloading Google Drive on your iPhone, backing it up and then logging into the same Google account on Android is your fastest option here. However, if you have slow Internet or can’t use that options for some reason, transferring contacts via SIM card or vCards are decent options as well. With vCards, you’ll have to go through each contact individually, but this gives you time to decide what contacts you want to remove from your phone as well. There’s no need to keep folks around that you don’t want to stay in contact with anymore!

How to Install iOS in Android Smartphone

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Update August 2017: If you are looking for the best way to install iOS the operating system onto your Android phone, then you will probably be disappointed since it has not been done publicly. The claims in the past have been debunked or even removed all together.

The ideal solution to get the best iOS experience on your Android phone is to download an iOS launcher, we have downloaded several and played with a few. Some simply crashed and some iOS launchers do not crop the icons correctly to fit. Overall the best iOS launcher that best resembles the iOS interface are these two:

One Launcher

Of all the iOS launchers for Android we tested, we liked the One Launcher the best.  Its interface resembles the iOS interface, even all the way down to the long-press-hold icons to delete/uninstall apps, the icon does in fact wiggles and user has option to press the “X” to uninstall, this is just one of the small details that should be in an iOS launcher, but aren’t found on all.  The One Launcher has an outstanding 4.3 user review out of 5, with over 500,000 downloads, so there are plenty of happy users.  Just make sure your Android device is running Android version 4.0.3 or above.

xOS Launcher

Not too far behind in our iOS launcher list is the xOS Launcher, which also sports a beautiful iOS-like interface.  Has just about anything you would expect for an iOS experience. It has have a slightly lower user review at 4.2 stars, and a tad less users than the One Launcher.  Be sure to have Android verision 4.0.3 or up to use this launcher.

Overall, of all the iOS launchers for Android, we liked these two the best.  Both apps were recently updated, so that means it is constantly being monitored for bugs with support.  Which of the two did you like best?

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Note: the method below is no longer valid as of 2016, we highly suggest you try the iOS launcher mentioned above instead.

A recently sent question to The Droid Guy Mailbag asks, “Just a random question—Is there a possible way to install iOS in Android Smartphone?”

There is a way to transform your Android Smartphone’s operating system to iOS. However, make sure that your phone is running any of these Android operating system versions before trying the method:

  • 1.5 Cupcake
  • 1.6 Donut
  • 2.0 to 2.1 Éclair
  • 2.2 Froyo
  • 2.3 to 2.3.2 Gingerbread
  • 2.3.3 to 2.3.7 Gingerbread
  • 3.1 Honeycomb
  • 3.2 Honeycomb
  • 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.1.x Jelly Bean
  • 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 4.4 KitKat

For a good measure, download the newest version of Android before proceeding.

How to Install iOS in Android Smartphone

You don’t have to root your device if you want to install iOS to Android Smartphone. Just download the software, which is found on the “Sources” section of this page, in your PC. Then, connect  your Smartphone to your computer. Open the downloaded program and follow the step-by-step procedures there.

Possible Risks

Despite the overwhelming positive feedbacks of users who have tried this solution, be warned that there may be issues associated with the software used to install iOS in Android Smartphone.

One is that the platform of Android phones such as the Galaxy series, HTC, Nexus Series and others are specially designed for their default OS. So, changing their recommended OS might expose you to some problems like loss of functionality in some features of your device, voiding its warranty and bricking.

It should be noted that the distributor of the software even admitted there is a small chance you might brick your device in the process, especially if the installation guide is not followed strictly.

Second, the software comes from a third-party source, and we can’t vouch that it is 100% reliable or trusted.

Despite these possible risks, feedbacks from people who have tried the solution said that it worked for them without any issue. Their overwhelming positive feedbacks can be found in an XDA thread where this subject has been featured, and comments in the YouTube account of its developer.

Source: The software can be found at the iOS on Android website. User feedbacks can be found in YouTube and XDADevelopers.

[Deal] Pebble Time Round for $134.43

Pebble Time Round

Pebble Time Round

You can now get the #Pebble Time Round for just $134.43 from Amazon. This is a fairly attractive pricing on the smartwatch considering the fact that it usually sells for nearly $200 or above. The wearable, as the name suggests, features a fully circular display, along with the goodness of Pebble. The smartwatch is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones, making it a truly OS agnostic wearable.

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The watch body is Silver in color and is accompanied by a brown strap, which gives it that unique look. This is the 20mm variant of the wearable, so it might not be well suited for everybody. But if you’re looking to get yourself or someone else a new gift, be sure to pay closer attention to the Pebble Time Round.

There’s no telling how long the deal will last considering the fact that most Amazon deals are time-based. So it makes sense to latch on to the deal when you still can.

Google Maps adding Lyft and Gett integration with a new update

Google Maps

Google Maps

Google Maps for iOS and Android will soon get a new update which will introduce support for apps like Gett and Lyft. This means you will be able to request either of these services right within the Maps application. Gett support will be limited to just New York City for the time being as it’s still fairly new to the U.S.

As far as Lyft is concerned, users will be able to choose between the standard Lyft and Lyft Line right within the app. These features are currently live only in the United States, apparently. So even if you happen to have Lyft in your country, you will not be able to find the feature on Maps unless you live in the U.S. Hopefully, Google will change that soon so that a larger number of customers will be able to use the services.

Google has previously been associated with Uber, so these new additions don’t particularly surprise us. By adding apps like Lyft, Google is allowing a wider range of customers to book a ride directly within Maps. Found the feature yet? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Google

Facebook Messenger now has 1 billion active monthly users

Facebook Messenger 1 Billion

Facebook Messenger 1 Billion

#Facebook announced earlier today that the #Messenger chat application has officially crossed 1 billion active monthly users. While some may feel that this is a major accomplishment for the most popular social network in the world, one has to realize that most users were forced into using the app as Facebook stopped allowing chat within the main app and even removed chat from the mobile web version of Facebook.

But we don’t mean to rain on Facebook’s parade because it is still quite a big feat to have 1 billion people talking to each other on a monthly basis. One can say that almost every active Facebook user has the Messenger application installed, although there are bound to be exceptions. With Facebook’s user base growing exponentially even today, the company can hope that more users start using Messenger over the coming months. After all, it is the only way you can chat with your Facebook friends on mobile.

Are you one of the billion users who has Facebook Messenger on their phones? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Facebook Newsroom

Twitter now allows you to post 140 second videos

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#Twitter has now upped the duration limit for videos that you upload on its apps. While the previous limit was 30 seconds, customers can now upload videos of up to 140 seconds in length. The company made the official announcement through a blog post and a customary tweet.

What’s more is that videos in full-screen mode will soon show a list along with recommended videos, thus increasing discovery of other videos. Of course, there will be filtering of videos done to avoid sensitive material from being posted on Twitter. The company has also mentioned that these changes will also reflect on Vine very soon, although the company failed to give a timeline on this particular update.

These are crucial and much-needed additions for Twitter in the midst of dwindling users. Its key rival Facebook is seeing an increase in user count with each passing day. Do you welcome the site’s new feature? Sound off the comments section below.

Source: Twitter Blog

Instagram breaches the 500 million user mark, over 300 million access it daily

Instagram Logo

Instagram Logo

A new report has revealed that #Instagram has now breached the 500 million user barrier, making it one of the most popular photo sharing service out there. What’s better is that the company claims that there are about 300 million users who access Instagram every day, speaking volumes about its popularity, although it’s only about 60% of the overall user base.

Since Facebook owns Instagram now, the integration between the two services has improved a great deal. However, Facebook has been mindful not to come in the way of user experience too much and has kept it somewhat independent. The app recently saw a UI and logo overhaul, which has kept things fresh for the users.

Instagram is quickly becoming the go-to place for video sharing as well with the developers recently increasing the video limit from 15 seconds to 60 seconds. Are you one of the 500 million users of the service? How often do you use it? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Instagram Blog

Via: Phone Arena

Slightly complex hack brings Android to an iPhone 6s

iPhone 6s Android

iPhone 6s Android

Not many will be familiar with the work of hacker/developer Nick Lee. Recently, he managed to run Windows 95 on the Apple Watch. Why? Well, because he could. Plus it’s always nice to tinker around with hardware and software to give people a taste of what is otherwise considered impossible or unlikely. He’s at it again now, and this time, his weapon of choice is Android and the medium is the iPhone 6s.

He has managed to build a special case (probably with its own hardware underneath) which when paired with the iPhone, can let you run Android on an iPhone. It’s not as easy as it sounds and his motive here was to merely show the world that something like this is possible. He mentions that about 45 hours of work has gone into this, suggesting that it’s not something for amateurs.

You can check out the entire process in the video below. It must be noted that the iPhone is still running iOS 9, so Android is merely running on top of it using an emulator of some sort. Android isn’t taking full advantage of the iPhone hardware here since most of the power comes from the attached case. Lee used Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for this particular demo.

Source: YouTube

Via: The Next Web

[Deal] Alcatel OneTouch Watch for $69.95

OneTouch Watch

The #Alcatel #OneTouchWatch was released about a year ago in global markets. This smartwatch can now be yours for just $69.95 from eBay.

The wearable made the news for being one of the few OS agnostic wearables out there. This essentially meant that it was compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, not limiting itself to just one platform. Of course, some of the current-gen Android Wear smartwatches support non-Android devices too, but at the time, the OneTouch Watch was one of the few to do so.

The watch features a fully circular display, unlike some of the Android Wear offerings (such as the Moto 360), which is a key selling point. But given the lack of exposure for the OneTouch Watch, it didn’t do as well as the company had expected. But that doesn’t take anything away from what is a very decent smartwatch. If you’re not looking to invest big on a wearable, make sure you give this one a good look from the link below.

Get the Alcatel OneTouch Watch for $69.95 via eBay!

Google Photos supposedly has 200 million active users

Google Photos

Google Photos

#GooglePhotos is one of my favorite cloud services for backing up photos and videos taken natively. It seems like there are about 200 million people like me with Google today making the announcement of the service breaching the 200 million active user count. It’s quite a milestone, no doubt, but far from satisfying for Google, considering the sheer amount of Android users out there.

However, 200 million will be a good start and the company will hope that the coming months will see an increase in users as more people become aware of its benefits and the features that it will bring to the table. Not only is Google Photos secure, but it also brings the convenience of viewing your photos from any corner of the world with practically any device (assuming you have your Google account credentials).

It also cleverly lets you save up native storage on your device by recommending the deletion of certain media files if your storage is running low. Have you tried out the service yet? Make sure you give it a try if you haven’t yet.

 

Via: The Verge

Instant messaging app Telegram breaches the 100 million user mark

Telegram

Telegram

If #WhatsApp has a rival in the mobile industry, it’s #Telegram. While the app might not be anywhere near WhatsApp in terms of scale, it offers a suite of features that the Facebook owned IM client doesn’t. This has made the app quite popular among people who prefer to have large group chats or even a Snapchat like self-destruct conversation.

The makers of Telegram have now announced that the app has officially crossed 100 million users, which is a major achievement for the IM client, especially considering that it happened right under WhatsApp’s nose. However, just breaching the user count doesn’t cut it in this game as user engagement is crucial for apps to survive.

Much like WhatsApp, Telegram also operates on a free model, so generating revenues has always been a concern. So it will be interesting to see where the company is headed in the years to come, especially considering how segmented the instant messaging segment has become today.

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Source: Telegram Blog

Via: Phone Arena

WhatsApp gaining video calling support soon?

WhatsApp Video Calls

According to a new leak, the world’s most popular IM client #WhatsApp might be looking to add video calling to its repertoire soon. A couple of screenshots have leaked out in the internet showing how it would look. However, this appears to be limited to iOS for the time being, but needless to say, an Android version is also probably being worked on.

Given that WhatsApp is owned by social media giant Facebook, the addition of a feature like this makes complete sense and would be welcomed by the users. However, it’s still early days and likely that this feature is merely being tested by the company for the time being.

It is believed that this feature is currently being seen on version 2.12.16.2 of WhatsApp on the iTunes App Store. So if there are any iPhone owners out there who are seeing an update for the app, the feature should be bundled with the next update. Also included with this update is tabbed chats, letting you switch between conversations seamlessly rather than navigating back to the list of chats and then picking a conversation.

Android users need not feel disheartened as all these features will and should make their way to the platform soon enough. Would you like WhatsApp to get video calls support as well? Sound off in the comments section below.

Source: Macerkopf.de – Translated

Via: VR Zone

Instagram on Android getting iOS like 3D Touch feature

Instagram Logo

Instagram Logo

#Instagram on #Android has just received a new update which introduces a rather interesting feature on board. As seen by a popular blog, the update now allows you to get a quick peek of images that are listed in a grid (this could be someone’s profile or a company page). When you long press one of the images that are listed on the page, you will get a pop up version of the picture, allowing you to quickly like or comment.

This could be an experimental feature so don’t be surprised if it’s removed from future iterations of Instagram. But it’s good to see that the developers can bring in a feature such as this, which was otherwise limited to Apple’s iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus which use dedicated 3D Touch hardware for pressure sensitivity on the display.

This goes to show that implementing a feature like this doesn’t necessarily require dedicated hardware. This 3D Touch feature is making its way to devices with the latest update of the app. Are you seeing this on Instagram yet? Let us know in the comments section below.

Via: 9to5Google