Having a smartphone on your wrist, that’s the new invention!

So far we have smart phones, smart houses, smart cars and even smart TVs, but what about smart watches? Well, Android has taken the lead and developed them in order to complete with the Mr and Mrs Smart Family.

Im works under Google Android OS and could become the next huge success on the stage, especially for Android users. Moreover if this new tool takes off, this will mean more apps on the market!

 The design is quite nice and interesting, because it is rather minimalist and futurist. But  the whole watch is not that small, so unless you have a particularly muscled wrist you might want to avoid wearing it. But it is simply a matter of taste and comfort. However what is really nice and fun is that it works as a touch screen, so you actually have to touch it in order to access to the various characteristics it displays.

 I’m has been developed to match the needs of constantly evolving and increasing globally connected scenario and is engaged in designing new appliances for the lifestyle of the future.

Now, devices need to be interconnected and that is precisely what this smartwatch does.

So what can we do with a SmartWatch?

First of all you can read the time – not bad for a watch! But not only, obviously! You can receive calls, texts and e-mails straight on your wrist. Surfing the web through your smartphone is easy too: checking the news, viewing your favorite photos, chatting on facebook or live tweeting… everything is doable with a SmartWatch. All the applications available on any regular smartphone can be downloaded onto this new accessory and you can even listen to music. So basically all the mobile’s functions are present in this Watch. It is a smartphone in the shape of a watch; SmartWatch. Clever, right?

 And in terms of features?

This new accessory is as tough as titanium, light as a feather, built to resist and made to follow you everywhere, and above all to enable you to have access to the whole world at the tip of your fingers – well… almost!

The only drawback is that this watch works thanks to Bluetooth technology, but this means that your smartphone should not be too far away from your watch.

These watches should be on the market at the beginning of 2012 and for the very small price of 300 to 1000 dollars.

A fun and functional new gadget!

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Smartphones : Samsung gets to the top and leaves Apple to the second position

According to a recent analysis published by Strategy Analytics, Samsung sold 27.8 millions smartphones for the third quarter. This result enables the Corean to represent 23.8% of the global smartphone sales, ahead of Apple who faces a slowdown with only 14.6%. Nokia scores the worst results with a 10 millions smartphones sales drop, in comparison to last year’s.

We already knew that Apple and Samsung were fighting over the slates market number one position, which frankly is largely dominated by the American developer. This competition keeps intensifying as well on the smartphones 4g global market.

Thus, for the third quarter of this year the results are in favor of Samsung. The Corean developer got a 23.8% market share.

Samsung: Pole position on the market

Within a year, Samsung benefited from a 44% growing sector (117 million terminals sold) to almost increase its sales fourfold, with 27.8 million  smartphones sold.

Such good results leave Apple behind with a 14.6% market share and 17.1 million iPhones  sold. Apple’s market share has dropped by 17.4% within only a year, even though more iPhones were sold between Q3 2010 and Q3 2011.

According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s results are mainly due to its Android terminals, as well as the great sales recorded for both Galaxy S (20 million units) and SII (10 million within 5 months).

 Apple’s iPhone 4S did not do that great

Although Samsung appears as a strong and serious competitor, Apple keeps a strong hold on the market. Within a year, Apple sold 21% more iPhones.

 However, the last quarter was slower that the previous one (20.3 million iPhones sold).

This bad performance can partly be explained with the iPhone 4S launch which postponed sales of the product. However, for the last quarter, Apple’s sales should increase thanks to its new smartphone firmware version which already started on a very good foot;  4 million iPhone 4S bought within 3 days even though this new product is only available in 7 countries!

Windows Phone: a very last chance for Nokia

 Within a year, Nokia’s market share dropped from 32.7% to 14.4%, mainly suffering from the increasing successes of both iOS and Android.

 Nokia’s last solution is now Windows Phone. A partnership with Microsoft led to the announcement of new smartphones working under Mango. The new line is called Lumia, which means “Light” but also symbolizes Nokia’s new dawn.

Read a book anywhere on your mobile phone

Ok, I have to admit it… I simply love new technologies! There’s always something new to try. You are probably wondering “What has she discovered now?”

Well, as I was going through my favorite android websites, I stumbled on a great application: google e-books. Not new I know, everyone is quite accustomed with the “Kindle”; but did you know you now have the possibility to read a book on your smartphone too? I didn’t, and I think this is great. I belong to those who hold firmly their positions when it comes to books. I love to have one in my bag, I love to feel the paper under my fingers, and above everything… I love the smell.

So when the  Kindle came out on the market, I did not really know what to think; is it killing the book industry and the book that I love so dearly? Perhaps so, but isn’t it also reviving the literature passion at the same time? I have to say, you American people give me a hard time. Everyone seems to have a Kindle in San Francisco. Not once, have I sat on the muni and observed an audience completely devoid of an e-reader. Of Course, the more you see something, the more you want to try it. I was no exception, but I resisted, mainly because this little technological pleasure has a price. But what did I just discover on the android market place? Everyone who has a smartphone can use it as a book! Simply incredible! No need to spend money on a new device to enjoy the latest technological breakthroughs, no need to weigh pros and cons anymore.

Anyone can now build one’s own ebooks library thanks to Google Books, and enjoy a selection from nearly 3million free ebooks. The app is free and handles the user’s book library, the interface for reading the books, and allows shopping for e-books through the web browser. Everything goes through Google, so when you log in to your Google session, it synchronizes it with your Smartphone. Google books maintains all devices synchronized within its cloud system, so opening a book on any device takes you to the last position read on any device (computer,slate, smartphone etc.). You can download the books online to your computer and the transfer will be automatically done on you smartphone. This is precisely what I did: I downloaded the e-book app on my laptop, via my google session and simultaneously, the app was being downloaded on my smartphone. Simply amazing. Everything is interconnected and this makes life so easier!

In terms of settings, you can tailor the reading experience to your own preferences. You can select your preferred text size, the Typeface you want to use and there is even a night viewing which displays white text on a black background. The brightness of the text can even be altered. You can also +1 a book while reading it and in-book search are possible. As for other apps, for the page turning, one has to swipe side to side, which is entertaining and also quite convenient. Bottom line: Google Books is a simple e-book reading app that concentrates on doing the basic functions well while skipping the frills and complications. A perfect app for those who aim at using it as an occasional replacement for printed books, or who for a few days are willing to lighten up their already heavy bags (and I am talking to girls who always carry tons of useless, but nevertheless essential, objects in their handbags)!

So, if you have a smartphone, this app will be a really nice for you. Although you must be careful, don’t overindulge in it. Do not forget to stop by your bookseller and ask him/her for advice. There’s nothing better than the feel of a book in your hand. Not even android can replace that. If you feel you really want to try this app’, here is a quick way to get it: through the QR code. Scan it!

Here is a video – android made- that tells you everything about it and that is very well-done.