Samsung releases Tizen 3.0 update for Gear S3 smartwatch

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The Samsung Gear S3 is Samsung’s most powerful smartwatch and according to SamMobilea major update is now available.

 recently set my Gear S3 Frontier aside to focus on using the new Apple Watch Series 3 with my iPhone X, but am testing several Android phones and may be moving back to a Galaxy Note 8 in a month. The Samsung Gear Sport was recently released and it launched with Tizen 3.0 and some new functionality. This Gear S3 update brings these new features to last years watch.

According to the update pop-up that appears on your smartphone, this Gear S3 update includes the following:

  • Samsung Connect: Monitor and manage smart devices with the Gear S3.
  • Gear VR controller: Control your Gear VR from your wrist.
  • PPT controller: Control your PowerPoint presentation with your Gear S3.
  • Samsung Health: This app has been updated with support for continuous HR monitoring and multi-workout widgets.
  • Contacts and Calendar: Enter new contacts and create events right from your Gear S3.
  • Bixby reminder: Support for Bixby reminders on your watch. Bixby Voice is not yet supported on the Gear S3 though.
  • Send SOS: This feature now includes your altitude for a more precise fix of your location if you are in trouble.

There are a few more features that make the Gear S3 an even more functional and independent smartwatch. With LTE, you can use your Gear S3 as a stand-alone device for many basic needs.

As soon as I get home tonight I am charging up my Gear S3 and performing the update. It will be great to have the Gear S3 on my wrist again with all of the fantastic Strap Studio bands to match with my mood.

Source:-.zdnet.c

USB-IF Publishes Audio Device Class 3.0 Specification; Signals the End of Headphone Jacks

USB-IF Publishes Audio Device Class 3.0 Specification; Signals the End of Headphone Jacks

USB-IF Publishes Audio Device Class 3.0 Specification; Signals the End of Headphone Jacks
HIGHLIGHTS
Ditching the 3.5mm jack eliminates the need for multiple ports
Allows for slimmer devices, better water resistance, room for innovation
USB sound specification would also reduce power consumption
Apple may have created quite a buzz after it removed the 3.5mm headphone jack with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but it wasn’t the first company to do that. The natural progression of technology is slowly killing the iconic jack and moving towards making the USB port more accessible. To make that happen, USB Implementers Forum recently published its Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, which will provide device makers the solution they need to get audio over USB Type-C port.

Ditching the 3.5mm jack eliminates the need for multiple ports, according to a statement released by USB-IF. This hints towards an all-in-one connector, which Apple is also aiming for after the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Removing the headphone jack also allows for slimmer devices, better water resistance, and room for more innovative features.

(Also see: iPhone 7 Drops the 3.5mm Headphone Jack: Pros and Cons)

USB-connected headphones would provide better audio support with possibilities of inbuilt DACs and noise cancellation. USB sound specifications from USB-IF would also reduce power consumption and bring in features like hotword detection for voice controls.

A jack-less future may not be embraced by all. Many still hold on dearly to the classic 3.5mm jack, but the benefits of jack-less devices do exist and are worth considering as technology progresses.
“USB is the simplest and most pervasive connector available today, making USB Type-C the logical choice for the future of digital audio,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO.

(Also see: Dropping the 3.5mm Headphone Jack Was the Right Move by Apple)

Popular names like Apple, Moto, and Intel have supported the removal of the headphone jack, while some companies like Samsung still believe in the classic rounded port. Meanwhile, other companies were perhaps waiting for a an official support to make that move and we might soon see more brands coming out with devices that leave behind the headphone jack.

Tags: USB Type C, Headphone Jack, Apple, iPhone 7

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Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia X Phones Don’t Support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0

Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia X Phones Don't Support Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0

It has been found that the recently launched flagship smartphones from Samsung and Sony don’t offer support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. Strangely enough, the Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and Sony Xperia X Performance handsets sport a processor that technically supports the latest fast-charging technology from Qualcomm.

When LG unveiled the G5, its newest flagship smartphone, the company boasted about Quick Charge 3.0 support. It noted that Quick Charge 3.0 is 27 percent faster than the previous generation and 45 percent more efficient. Oddly enough, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, which were launched on the same day, max out at Quick Charge 2.0 when it comes to fast-charging. The same is the case with Sony Xperia X Performance.

It is odd because all the aforementioned models are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC (Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, alternatively, also have Exynos-powered variants). Additionally, the Sony Xperia X too doesn’t offer Quick Charge 3.0 support. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 650 SoC, which also technically also supports Quick Charge 3.0.

In case of Samsung, the reason could be to have uniformity across all of its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge variants. Since the Exynos-powered counterparts of the aforementioned smartphones don’t offer Quick Charge 3.0, Samsung may have decided to ensure that even the Snapdragon 820 SoC-variant did not have Quick Charge 3.0 so as not to offend customers in different regions. The company notably however boasts of its own fast charging technology with support for both wired and wireless chargers. Unfortunately, why Sony didn’t offer this feature is still a mystery.

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