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Tech round-up: Smartwatch unveiled and Xbox One release date set
This week we look at the unveiling of Samsung’s new smartwatch, the latest Apple rumours, a new iPlayer download service for Android and reveal finally the hotly anticipated Xbox One release date!
CUTTING EDGE: Samsung’s ‘Galaxy Gear’ Smartwatch Unveiled
Samsung have finally announced their anticipated smartwatch the ‘Galaxy Gear’ at this year’s IFA tech conference. Features include a 1.6 inch AMOLED display, a 1.9 megapixel camera, 4GB of internal storage and a pedometer.
It acts mainly as a companion to the new Galaxy Note 3 but can be used on various other Samsung products such as the Galaxy S4 as well. Some will welcome this announcement but others simply feel the technology is redundant.
Personally, I think there is a place for it and it will be interesting to see what the competition from Apple and Sony brings to the table in their own smartwatch devices.
APPLE: OS X Mavericks May Not Arrive Until Late October
On Friday, 9to5Mac reported that the latest version of the Mac operating system, dubbed ‘Mavericks’ could be nearly two months away. The site also reported that iOS 7 may not be available for iPad until the end of October either.
This certainly comes as a bit of a blow for Mac and iOS users. Various test versions have been released for Mavericks and there is a huge buzz around iOS 7 as it is meant to bring various interface tweaks.
OS X Mavericks also introduces hotly anticipated features to Mac such as iBooks, Apple Maps, Finder Tabs, compressed memory and the new App Nap feature to help improve system efficiency. With all this on offer, the end of October feels so far away…
ANDROID: BBC iPlayer Introduces Download Service For Android
The BBC iPlayer app has finally extended its download service to Android users. This feature was already available on Apple platforms and has previously led to much contention with Android users feeling a bit out of the loop.
You need to have a device running a minimum of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in order to take advantage of the download service but that isn’t a real issue nowadays with Jelly Bean at the forefront.
Once a show is downloaded using a compatible device, it will be available for 30 days, which reduces to 7 once the play button has been pressed. All shows are automatically downloaded in high definition and unlike iOS; Android doesn’t need to keep the screen on while it does it. Definitely encourages me to use the app more.
GADGETS: LG ‘G-Pad’ And Acer Liquid S2 Smartphone Announced
Two gadget giants have unveiled their latest devices in the form of the LG ‘G Pad’ and the Acer Liquid S2. The former sports an 8 inch full HD display and the latter boasts the ability to record 4k ‘ultra HD’ videos.
Of course you would actually need a 4K capable TV to take advantage of this and they aren’t too cheap.
Also of note is that the G Pad comes with LG’s new QPair app, which allows you to sync your tablet with other Android smartphones letting you control everything from the larger screen.
The Liquid S2 boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and that is good to see. We are sure to see more phones with this new powerful processor but points go to Acer for getting there before most of the competition.
No retail prices seem to have been revealed yet but watch this space; these are both very impressive devices.
GAMING: Xbox One Launches In The UK On 22nd November
The time has finally come and Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox One console will launch in the UK on November 22nd. There has been some back and forth over this date but this now appears to be set in stone, which I’m sure will bring much excitement to all you gamers out there!
The Xbox One will be available from a number of UK retailers and Microsoft say it’s worth pre-ordering now to avoid disappointment.
The date also means the new flagship console will be available a whole week ahead of the competition, the Sony PlayStation 4, which doesn’t come out until November 29th.
Will being first to market make a difference or will customers hold out for Sony? Either way, if you want one of these consoles for Christmas you best reserve one today!
James is a freelance technology and science writer from Bucks.
His interests range from gadgets and apps to movies and gaming, really anything geeky!
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