Samsung teases Gear S2 smartwatch, again!

Last week when Samsung launched its two new phones, the Galaxy S6 Edge + and Galaxy Note 5, it also got the tech world excited by showing a short teaser video of its eagerly anticipated new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2.

To build even more hype for the new smartwatch ahead of its official launch in early September, the company has just released the teaser on You Tube for the whole world to get excited about the device that’s set to rival the Apple Watch.

With its stylish design, round face and apparently smaller size, the Samsung Gear S2 looks nothing like its bulky predecessor, the Samsung Gear S, and is arguably even better looking than the Apple Watch.

While we’ll have to wait until September for the full specs, the video does hint at some of its functions including heart rate sensor, sport tracking, stopwatch, weather and time zone apps.

The video confirms that the Gear S2 will be announced on September 3 at the IFA in Berlin, and we’ll certainly be tuning in then to find out more.

What are your first impressions of the Samsung Gear S2? Do you think it’ll be a match for the Apple Watch.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5Yesterday Samsung announced two new supersized phones at its Unpacked event in New York: the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

The new handsets both have 5.7 inch screens boasting 2560 x 1440 resolution Super AMOLED diplays, with 518 pixels per inch.

Like the Note 4, the Note 5 still comes with an S-pen stylus, but its predecessor’s plastic frame has been replaced by metal and glass, in keeping with the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Measuring 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9mm and weighing 153g, the Galaxy S6 Edge is effectively a larger version of the S6 Edge, released earlier in the year, and retains the same curved sides. It has the same Exynos 7420 octa-core processor but boasts 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. However, there is no micro SD card slot and the 3,000 mAh battery is non-removable.

The Note 5 shares the same specs, and both have a16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, and fingerprint sensor for security and use with Samsung Pay, which was also announced at the event.

There’s also a keyboard attachment for both handsets, for those who prefer physical keys as opposed to touchscreen.

UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, but the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is expected to arrive on our shores on 4 September. However, there are currently no plans to release Note 5 in Europe.

What do you think of Samsung’s latest handsets?

Graava: an action camera that also edits footage for you

Graava action cameraIf you’ve ever used an action camera, you’ll know how easy it is to end up with hours of footage that you never do anything with. If that sounds all too familiar, the new Graava action cam could be just what you need. This smart little camera not only films your activity, but edits the footage to provide you with a short clip of the highlights that you can share without fear of boring your audience to tears.

The Graava action cam uses motion, audio, accelerometer and GPS sensors, as well as voice cues, to pick out the best bits of your footage. All you have to do is select a sountrack and the length of your edit, and the camera will generate a short film for you. If you’re not happy with the end result, you also have the option to select the sections yourself or edit the footage manually.

The camera can shoot three hours of continuous full HD 1080p video at 30 fps (or 720p at 60 fps) per charge, and can also take 4K hyperlapse video and 8 megapixel photos. It’s also water resistant, has wireless charging, and Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Graava has just been made available for pre-order at $249 (eventually going up to $399 when it goes on general sale) with shipping expected to begin in February 2016.

What do you think of Graava action cam? Would you trust it to edit your videos for you?

GoPro announces tiny Hero 4 Session action camera

GoPro Hero 4 SessionNot content with already having some of the smallest and best action cameras on the market, GoPro has just announced a tiny new camera that is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the GoPro Hero 4 Black in its waterproof housing.

The GoPro Hero 4 Session is a small cube shaped camera measuring less than 1.5 inches on each side, and is submersible to 10 meters without the need for a bulky case.

The Hero 4 Session shoots video up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, and like the Hero 4 Silver and Black models, has a range of different modes including slow-motion and wide angle. It also takes 8 megapixel wide angle or 5 megapixel medium photos, and has time lapse and burst modes (up to 10 fps).

However, in order to shrink the Hero 4, Go Pro has had to compromise on certain features and the specs are not as high as its big brother. Most notable is the inability to shoot in 4K like the Hero 4 Black. There’s also no touchscreen, which given its size, is perhaps unsurprising. The Session’s diminutive size also means that there are very few controls on the camera itself. Other than a button to start and stop filming, and take stills, most functions are controlled via the mobile app or remote, which isn’t included.

On the plus side, the Hero 4 Session features a new dual microphone set-up for improved audio, which works by switching between a mic on the front and another on the back when it detects wind noise.

The Hero 4 Session will go on sale on 12 July at a price of £329, which is the same price point as the higher spec Hero 4 Silver. Whether or not consumers opt for size over specs remains to be seen, but there’s every chance that a 4K capable version is already in the making.

What do you think of the GoPro Hero 4 Session? Would you go for size over spec?

Lily: the flying camera that follows your every move

Lily CamOver the past year several camera-carrying drones have emerged on the scene, including Nixie wearable drone, Hexo+ and the Go Pro drone, to name a few. However, the most exciting sounding yet is Lily Camera, which has just been launched, quite literally, by a small start-up in the US.

Rather than being a drone that carries an action cam, Lily Camera is being marketed as a flying camera that will follow and film you autonomously. All you have to do is throw it into the air and it will begin filming, tracking your every movement via a small GPS device worn either on the wrist on in a pocket. For more accurate framing, it will also have computer vision technology that will recognise your face.

The HD camera shoots 1080p at 60 frames per second or 720p at 120 fps, and stills at 12 megapixels. It can even sense the nature of your activity and trigger burst mode or slow mode accordingly.

Lily Camera is also extremely durable, with a polycarbonate hull to withstand crashes and a waterproof rating of IP67. For extra protection, the camera is also internal rather than being mounted externally. The tracking device is water resistant and comes with a waterproof case that can be used if it’s likely to be fully submerged.

It has a 2 hour charge time, which provides 20 minutes of flight, and comes with a 4GB micro SD and external memory card slot.

The device is still a work in progress and there are several issues that need to be ironed out before it goes on general sale, however it’s just been made available for pre-order at $499 (£322), which is significantly cheaper than the projected $899 (£580) retail price.

What do you think of Lily Camera? Share your thoughts below…