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Apple Watch 6 could get redesign as watchOS 7 kills Force Touch

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Apple is scrapping Force Touch support from watchOS 7, meaning a feature that’s been on Apple Watch from the beginning won’t come to the Apple Watch 6

Where once a “firm and long press” in the older versions of watchOS would trigger additional options on the display of an Apple Watch, this feature will no longer work on watchOS 7. It’s unclear what will replace Force Touch, but Apple seems to be suggesting watchOS app developers figure out a new way to replace Force Touch interactions with their apps. 

“In watchOS 7 and later, system apps make previously hidden menu items accessible in a related screen or a settings screen,” Apple said in its updated Human Interface Guidelines. “If you formerly supported a long-press gesture to open a hidden menu, consider relocating the menu items elsewhere.” 

For those of you who don’t know, Force Touch is Apple’s way of enabling longer presses on everything from its MacBook Pro trackpads to iPhone displays to trigger other interface options. The idea is that such interactions can prevent the need for multiple clicks and taps to get to particular menus and app functions. 

Force Touch was a feature in the first Apple Watch and has continued to be present up to and including the Apple Watch Series 5. Given the limited screen space an Apple Watch has, the use of Force Touch to bring up additional functions helped make the Apple Watch and watchOS feel more intuitive. 

But with no Force Touch in watchOS 7, it would be safe to assume that the Apple Watch 6, which is predicted to be released this year alongside the iPhone 12, won’t have Force Touch. Instead, it could have a whole new way of delivering controls, perhaps via a Digital Crown with a lot more functions integrated into it, or maybe enhanced gesture controls. 

While the leaks and rumors we’ve seen so far around the Apple Watch 6 have indicated that it won’t be a dramatic departure from the current Apple Watch, there’s an outside chance that a completely redesigned Apple Watch could be on its way. 

A recent Apple patent suggested that an Apple Watch could be equipped with an optical sensor rather than the Digital Crown, which could open up new ways to control the smartwatch without Apple having to dramatically change its overall design. However, we’ll have to wait until September before we get a clear picture of what the Apple Watch 6 will look like and how Apple will evolve its stellar smartwatch. 

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Next Galaxy Z Flip to sport 120Hz display and narrower frame says leakster

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Samsung already has two foldable clamshells in its lineup with the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G and we’ve been hearing about a successor coming in Q2 of 2021. Now, leakster IceUniverse shared a couple of bits about the upcoming foldable which is referred to as the Galaxy Z Flip3.

IceUniverse Weibo post
IceUniverse Weibo post

According to his intel, the Z Flip3 will sport a 120Hz AMOLED display which would match Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra flagships. The new Z Flip is also touted to feature a narrower frame which likely means less bezels around the panel.

Next Galaxy Z Flip to sport 120Hz display and narrower frame says leakster

The tipster also mentions a cheaper pricetag though we don’t get specific numbers here. Previous reports on the upcoming Z Flip model suggest it will feature stereo speakers and is expected to launch around March 2021, separate from the Galaxy S21 line. There’s also talk of a Galaxy Z Flip Lite model in the works as Samsung’s most affordable folding phone.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/next_galaxy_z_flip_to_sport_120hz_display_and_narrower_frame_says_leakster-news-46438.php

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Google Zork Chromebook with AMD Ryzen 3 3250C spotted on Google Play Console

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  • Google Zork Chromebook specifications have been spotted on Google Play Console
  • Key specs include AMD Ryzen 3 3250C, 4GB RAM, Radeon Vega 3 GPU, and Full HD display
  • There could be another variant with Ryzen 7 3700C processor, as per Geekbench

Google is said to be working on a new Chromebook with the codename ‘Zork’ and it was spotted on the Geekbench platform back in April revealing key information, including the Android operating system version and chipset powering it. Now, the same Google Zork Chromebook has appeared on the Google Play Console, 91mobiles has discovered. The listing reveals more specifications of the notebook and reiterates earlier leaked details. Google Zork Chromebook specs, as per the listing, include the AMD Ryzen 3 3250C paired with 4GB RAM, Radeon Vega 3 GPU, a Full HD display with 1,920 X 1,080 pixels resolution, and 160 screen density.

Google Zork

Though the Google Play Console listing shows the device will run Android 9 OS, we suspect it might run on Chrome OS considering Android devices aren’t powered by AMD processors. The HP Pro Chromebook c645 that was introduced recently comes with the same AMD Ryzen 3 3250C processor, thereby making way for more Chromebooks with AMD processors. The listing also includes a render of the notebook with a sizeable trackpad and a proper keyboard with a matte finish. However, it’s possible the image could be a placeholder for now and may not represent the actual design of Google Zork.

Google Zork Chromebook specifications on Geekbench previously also mentioned a variant with the AMD Ryzen 7 3700C processor variant that has 4 CPU cores and 8 threads. The chipset is paired with Radeon Vega Mobile GFX graphics module and a large 8GB of RAM. Since the Chromebook has started appearing on the web, we suspect the development is inching closer to the final stages and the launch could be around the corner. We hope to learn more information soon. Stick around.

Source: https://www.91mobiles.com/hub/google-zork-chromebook-specifications-on-google-play-console/

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LG Rollable looks LIGHT YEARS ahead of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 thanks to OLED TV tech

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Foldable smartphones are big news in the mobile industry thanks to the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. But LG is looking to go big or go home with its LG Rollable phone. Also known as LG Project B, it features – naturally enough – a rollable display. It leverages the tech behind the LG Rollable OLED TV to give a whole new twist on folding smartphones – or should we say rolling smartphones?

LG’s Explorer Project has already seen the LG Wing made its debut – a unique swivel handset that offer multi-screen functionality without folding – but its new Project B handset with a rollable screen is on another level entirely.

LG Project B rollable phone

(Image credit: LetsGoDigital)

LG has been working on a rollable display for a while, and we initially heard about its Project B smartphone last November, with its extendable screen, as opposed to flexible, foldable display like the Galaxy Z Fold 2, or Motorola Razr.

Now, LetsGoDigital reports, the company has been awarded a patent for a device with the retractable display.

At first glance, the handset looks like a standard smartphone, but the frame can be pulled out to both the left and the right to double the screen real estate. This is achieved thanks to an inner, flexible frame that slides out of the device’s metal housing.

LG Project B rollable phone

(Image credit: LetsGoDigita)

The design has some advantage over foldable phones on the market now, with the biggest one being the absence of a hinge or crease; a panel with a fold in it will see the crease put under strain, potentially affecting the structural integrity of the display.

What’s more, the rollable can adapt to how the smartphone is being used – in much the same way as the LG Wing. In landscape mode, for example, expanding the screen while playing a video or streaming music could reveal the controls so that your viewing remains uninterrupted. There’s also the option of multitasking with a split-screen mode.

LG is reportedly skipping straight over the foldable trend, and is looking to launch its rollable smartphone in March, 2021 according to Neowin. It’s possible that the handset will only be extendable on one side, as opposed to both as depicted in the patent, but it’s a radical concept and we’re intrigued to see a company bucking the foldable trend to try something new.

Source: https://www.t3.com/us/news/lg-rollable-smartphone-light-years-ahead-of-samsung-z-fold

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