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Black Friday devices, smartphones and wearables: What’s new

Black Friday arrives right in the season of major innovations in technology and devices. Discover what it is trending and choose your favorite smartphone, wearable or Virtual Reality gadget.

Autumn brings us more gifts than Santa Claus in terms of technology. Both Apple and Google have recently launched their flagship products and Huawei has recently joined the game with a new high-class proposal. We talk about smartphones and wearables, but also about the most about advanced Virtual Reality headsets and cameras. Those that have been rushed to be updated for the deals of the Black Friday.

Flagship smartphones ready for Black Friday

We have been waiting long to unbox the latest smartphones. They come with new cameras that include artificial intelligence, high resolution in low light and incredibly powerful engines. However, the most expert users also dazzle us with technical details that promise wonders. An example of this is the range of iPhones Xs, Xs Max and Xr that Apple presented in September, disputing its successful bionic chip A12.

Apple

The CPU of the chip is 50% faster than its predecessors. If you ask why you would want so much power, wait to see what the smartphone is capable of, thanks to its predictive technology with machine learning. This allows the iPhone to predict what you are going to do. Where you are going to go and which photos you’ll probably share. And even more, what apps you’re most likely to open. For more information read our review here.

Google

Another big Silicon Valley company, which rarely launches devices, has presented its new Pixel 3. Google has introduced great advances in terms of camera, resolution and CPU, maintaining its classic shape.

The Pixel 3 camera is capable of taking up to 15 photographs in HDR in low light conditions. It also detects in which photographs we appear blurred or with closed eyes and eliminates them before saving them in the gallery.

However, what we are most thrilled about is its software – especially when we talk about the Google Lens application. It traps information and links it to the next natural step. For example, if we scan a restaurant menu, the app will directly give us information about the place and show us its phone number to make a booking. In some countries available the smartphone will directly make the call for us with its AI speaker. Needless to say, your native Android will be one of the best advantages of the OS.

Huawei

Huawei has also presented its latest high-end model, the Mate 20 Pro. This phone has three back cameras with artificial intelligence that detects and adjusts the exposition to capture us in the best resolution possible. However, the autonomy of the battery compared to other competitors is one of its main advantages, as well as the performance of the phone and the fluidity of the screens.

Wearables to buy on Black Friday

Smartwatches are today the most stable and extended wearables in the market. Although sometimes it is hard for us to get used to the fact of using a mini screen, it is true that they are reinventing themselves by offering more and more options.

This is the case of the latest Apple Watch Series 4, which has entered very seriously into the field of health and fitness, with a new ECG that stores information about our heart rate and detects arrhythmias. In addition, it has introduced a new way of navigating its haptic digital crown that predicts new changes in other smartwatches OS. Read the full review here.

Samsung is also betting on wearables but keeping the design of a standard watch, for those who like to go with a classic style. The new 4G Samsung Galaxy Watch is now finally available in most countries. This smartwatch detects the type of exercise we are doing and helps us control it and improve it. It also keeps track our intake of water or caffeine.

According to some experts, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is better at the audio system than other high-end smartwatches, and its OS Tizen is quite fast.

Virtual Reality to watch at the Black Friday

With Black Friday weekend around the corner, one of the things we’re more excited about is the new trends in Virtual Reality applied to Gaming. Sony has made one of the most attractive bets in this area with its Playstation headset with Virtual Reality. The pack comes with a PlayStation VR headset, a camera and two Move controllers that will take the latest games from the Japanese house up to a new level.

According to Facebook a few weeks ago, the new Oculus 2 headset will not be released until next year. This is because, in addition to software and hardware development, the company is trying to polish a global-scale strategy to make it a mainstream product, for which they need new VR games and apps, more competitive prices or VR usage scenarios. We’ll stay tuned.

Best apps for navigating in the city

Best apps for navigating in the city in 2018

When we are in a traffic jam we often open Google Maps, Sygic or Waze, some of the best apps for navigating in the city. We see the traffic in real time and save a few minutes by taking a new, clearer path. When we travel to a new city we no longer go to the tourist office for a map but open our favorite GPS navigator app and find the ‘duomo’ at first sight. We are expert users.

That’s why navigation apps no longer seduce us with words like real time or precision. The future should offer us more. And so the present. Therefore we have shortlisted the latest news and the best apps for navigating in the city.

1.  AUGMENTED REALITY TO NAVIGATE IN A CITY

How many of us have still lost with a GPS navigator in hand? Augmented Reality, a technology that we related to games like Pokemon Go, can help in the subject. Google recently announced new changes in the Google Maps app in its I / O conference.

Among them, one of the most significant bets in the world of augmented reality was to include arrows that help navigation on foot through the city. These arrows are placed on the street that we take and at the crossings to improve the understanding of the indications that the navigator gives us.

In addition to arrows that guide us positioning the smartphone on the sidewalk, there are other ways to interact with the city through augmented reality. One of the best apps for navigating is Blippar.  This application goes a step further by placing titles on the monuments and museums we pass through. A feature that delights the traveler but also the citizen, who often passes by without knowing what is in them.

“The accuracy of Urban Visual Positioning can take location-based AR to new levels of engagement. For example virtual departure boards in front of train stations, interactive guides in front of famous landmarks. Or even a virtual menu hanging on the wall of a restaurant”, said the company on its website. 

2. HYPERLOOP NAVIGATION

Here is one of the most used apps for navigating in the world. It was created by Nokia years ago and now it has millions of users. Its new alliance with Hyperloop will place its technology to their native app Virgin Hyperloop One. This app will soon include Hyperloop routes in its repertoire of transport options.This will make it one of the most complete apps for navigating in the world.

The supersonic train that we have been listening to for years has just premiered its first vehicle in Cádiz, Spain. The train is nearly finished and it will be assembled in Toulouse, France, where the Airbus planes are also built. Once the construction is completed, the train will arrive to Dubai to perform the first public route in the history of Hyperloop, that will connect the Arab emirates.

“Hyperloop is not just about A to B, it’s an end-to-end passenger experience. That means no waiting at any point along the journey,” said in a statements Matt Jones, Virgin Hyperloop One’s SVP of Software Engineering. He also added: “Here shares our vision for optimizing travel. We will redefine the passenger experience by offering real time, on demand travel connecting hyperloop, other modes, and even indoor walking directions”.

We might wonder if Here will also integrate this experience in their app in the future. Stay tuned for it!

3. ORDER AHEAD WHILE DRIVING

Apps for navigating strive not only to optimize the routes but to offer a complete experience for the users while they travel or commute. For example, we can compare petrol prices in the nearest gas stations, find free parking spaces, or see the state of the traffic.

Speaking again of the king of the maps, Google, we came across some interesting news. Google maps is launching a new version that includes direct access to Spotify without leaving the app. Although this is not the great innovation we were looking for, it gets useful when we are driving.

These features inside our apps for navigating make our daily commute more bearable. But if we could also use that time for personal benefits such as ordering food, that would be great. That is exactly what somebody thought at Waze app. The navigation app has made an agreement with Dunkin Donuts to enable us purchasing coffee and doughnuts directly from Waze while we use it to drive to work. That means when we arrive to the store our order is ready to pick up.

This integration may be a faster way than simply using the breakfast brand’s own app. Presumably, we believe that it will use the ETA (estimated time of arrival) of the route we have chosen and notify the nearest store when we will arrive. 

“It could be almost anything that a driver could order ahead and have ready for pick up“, said to Associated Press Jordan Grossman, head of Waze’s partnerships in North America. According to a Dunkin Donuts representative, the agreement made sense because both services are related to the time of the commuting. 

4. FIND YOUR FRIENDS AND THE PLACE TO GO AT THE SAME TIME

One of the most basic needs we have is to find people. Finding a physical store is fairly easy as it does not change its emplacement. However, people are in constant movement and it is difficult to find them in crowded places such as in city centers, bars, shopping areas or parks. That’s why Wave Application is one of the best  navigating apps to find friends by sharing live locations on a private map.

On Wave, group maps represent a new level of interaction between friends or relatives. In addition to display the location of several people on the same map, we can set meeting points. This makes it easier for us to choose the bar, park or house of our friend as a meeting point. Once is placed, we can navigate there, call an Uber to get there or edit it.

“There are no barriers for real time location services anymore, so our biggest challenge is to become an indispensable tool in all the smartphones users. That is why we are continuously developing new features to complete the user experience”, said Manuel de la Esperanza, CEO of Wave Application, in a statement.

What do you think of these navigating apps? Will they change the way you move? Stay tuned for more news about maps and navigation.