How To Use Your Camera As Live Wallpaper On Samsung Galaxy S8

Have you ever wanted to use your camera as a live wallpaper? Well there is now an app for that and it’s called: Transparent Phone. This app will allow you to use either your rear camera or your back camera as a live wallpaper. This worked on my Samsung Galaxy S8 but will also work with other phones. It runs smooth and works also on lock screen. Or you can just use it on the home screens.

You can’t tap to focus because it’s not in photo mode. But maybe you can pretend your phone is transparent. Many people have complained that it’s not truly transparent like it can be hard to fool a person but I think the app does a cool job using your camera as your background. Just be aware that it makes your camera running a lot so it can make your device warm and make your battery last shorter.

This is a great app for people who love to look at themselves just use the front facing camera on the lock screen and you don’t even have to unlock the device to see yourself. All the time!

Some cool app ideas here would be to add fantasy figures appear on the screen while the camera is being used. Kind of like the game Pokemon Go is doing it by showing pokemons using your camera. I’m not sure if this is possible using the Android programming language but it would be pretty cool if it could be done!

Will I be using this app anymore? Probably not. Even though I like cool live wallpapers like the Earth HD, Solar System HD apps I showed a couple of days ago I really do prefer just a normal static wallpaper. What do you prefer? Many people probably use live wallpapers because they get tons of downloads.

Best Regards,
Adrian

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Talking About The Samsung Galaxy Note 8!

So today I felt like doing a quick video talking a little bit about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Hope you will enjoy. I mainly talk about the problems I feel the Note 8 has. The glass back and the non-removal back! I was one of the first guys to adopt the original Samsung Galaxy Note when it got launched by Samsung at the end of 2011. Samsung Galaxy S8 have had a lot of software problems as glitches and lag. I really hope Note 8 will have all of that fixed!


If you want you can also check out my article where I compare the new iPhone 8’s rumored specs vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 Potential Specs. Here is that article!

I am sad that the iPhone 8 won’t have a fingerprint sensor. I use it on all of my new phones. It’s a good safety system that always works. The facial recognition feature the iPhone will use that’s a bit more unreliable. Because it will probably work bad in low light.

But I have to say I am pretty impressed with how good face recognition works on the Samsung Galaxy S8! The S8 both has face recognition and an Iris scanner which just scans your eyes. You can use this for payments and writing in passwords in the Samsung browser.

Stay Awesome.

Best Regards,

Adrian

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New GameSir G4s Android & Windows & PS3 Controller First Look Photos!

So today I got a new wireless controller from GameSir. It’s called GameSir G4s. I will check it out how it performs with Android phones and playing some games with it. Let me know what phones you want me to check out this controller with. And if you want me to compare it against any other controller. Maybe the Xbox One Controller or PlayStation 4 Controller.

Here are some photos of the controller!

 

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Falling Money 3D Live Wallpaper Samsung Galaxy S8 Review!

Today I want to check out another Android live wallpaper. It’s called Falling Money 3D Live Wallpaper. It will make it rain down money bills on your home screen and lock screen. In the free app you only get dollar bills. But if you upgrade the app to full version then you could get other currencies like euro.

You can add a custom background if you like. The default one is black. But you can also select a background from your gallery in your phone. The kind of falling banknotes you can have in full version is: Dollars, Rubles, Nigerian Nairas, Euros, Dirchams UAE, Australian dollars, Belarussian rubles, Canadian dollars, Swiss franks, Yuan, Pounds, Rupees, Yen, Kuwaiti Dinars, Tenge, Swedish Kronas, Turkish Liras and Hryvnia.

You can also go in and select the money amount: 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 100, 200 and 400. The other three setting you can tweak is Money Size, Falling speed and Whirling speed. You can also go in and select the banknotes value: All, By battery level, Small, Medium, High, Small and medium, Small and high & Medium and high.

You can also go in and tweak the Falling mode: Continuous will make so the money disappears and keep falling down. Interval (Need full version), Shadows, Touching and Deflation on shake.

When you swipe across the screen you can have so money falls away and when you shake you can also have so money falls away from the screen. And then there is an option for Quick settings by just doing a double tap.

In full version of the app you can also tweak the screen updating frequency and the textures quality. And full version will remove some minor ads you see in free version. Overall I really enjoy the quality of this live wallpaper app. Especially when it’s a free app to download you can’t expect too much. But this one gives you a lot even when it’s free. And if you want your custom currency that option is also available. Hopefully your currency exist inside the app!

The app wallpaper runs well on Samsung Galaxy S8 and I’m curious if it will run fast on older Android phones. You can test it out for yourself!

Here is a link to the app in the Play Store.

Let me know if you want me to check out any other cool app. I would love to hear about it.

Thanks!

Best Regards,
Adrian

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New Nokia 8, HMD Bringing The Nokia Brand Back With Style!

Today I want to talk about the new Nokia 8 that got announced. This is their high-end spec phone that will compete against Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8. This phone has a 5.3″ IPS LCD Display with QHD resolution. Gorilla Glass 5 that curves 2.5D. The phone is built into a metal shell. Which I love because the glass back on iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be painful if you accidentally drop the device.

The phone comes with Snapdragon 835. Same chipset that’s inside Samsung Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5. It will also come with dual lens 13MP camera with Zeiss technology. The front facing camera is also 13MP. The aperture on rear and front are both f/2.0. You will be able to livestream with this phone both the front and back camera at the same time. HMD call it Dual-Sight. It’s a flashy feature but I don’t think many will use it.

A camera division inside Nokia called OZO have developed better surround audio recording for the Nokia 8 that will go well with the 4K video recording. How good it will actually be who knows. The phone will have Google photos as it’s default gallery app. Where you get unlimited photo and video storage in the cloud. Also the phone as microSD card slot and 64GB of built in storage.

It’s going to cost around €600 and be out on the market to buy in September. The month when we expect Apple to unveil three new iPhones. The OLED iPhone 8. And the two standard LCD new iPhones possible be named iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

So how does the new Nokia 8 compare to the low end Nokia 3? The biggest difference is how Nokia 8 will be using a faster chipset the Snapdragon 835. Nokia 3 is using a slower Mediatek MT6737 chipset. An Octa-core setup inside Nokia 8 and just quad-core in Nokia 3. Mali-T720MP1 GPU in Nokia 3 vs. Adreno 540 in Nokia 8. If I’m going to be honest I’m not really sure if 540 will perform that much better in gaming. And then we also have this thing how most Android games people play aren’t super heavy in the graphics area. And if they are they usually have ways to optimise the speed for your GPU.

Nokia 3 comes with 8MP front and rear. Here we will get a much bigger improvement with Nokia 8’s first dual-camera on rear and 4K support. And front facing 13MP camera. Usually you get pretty bad camera performance with phones around €200 price-range. Nokia 8 will cost like three Nokia 3 it’s cheap for a high end phone but expensive compared to Nokia 3.

In terms of battery you get around 500mAh more in Nokia 8. Which really doesn’t sound like that of an improvement. It has a higher resolution display with gorilla glass 5 as well. But still LCD so not sure if it will be worth it’s high price. Nokia 8 is using USB-Type C so maybe it will be able to charge up your phone faster.

But I feel like there is something missing with even this first high end new Nokia branded phone. I don’t see anything specific that would make it stand out in the smartphone market 2017. That is highly competitive already. Both Sony and HTC are struggling to find their place. And that the Nokia 8 has no edge-to-edge display and standard battery I’m really not sure if it can become a mainstream success. Of course the hardcore fans will buy it because of the brand. But if they are in it for the long term then they need to step their game up in the future.

For example the Nokia 3 had such a boring launcher. It was very close to stock Android. Which I don’t get why they use. All serious phone companies 2017 design their own UI. Samsung, Apple, LG, HTC, DOOGEE and many others. People want to have a unique experience.

And you can really get good devices these days running with Android for around €150-250 price range. For example I just checked out the brand new DOOGEE BL5000 which is a €130 phone and has most of what a person needs. The camera could be better but other than that it’s pretty amazing what they have accomplished with this phone. Pack in a 5050mAh battery for that low price with a premium body feel is amazing. And not just that but that they have made their own custom launcher for a more special experience. Check out my BL5000 review here.

Yes the Nokia 8 will also have a IP54 rating. Which makes it dust and splash resistant. But Samsung phones for €300 already have that and a better rating even! So I really do believe that with Nokia 8 they will try to ride on the brand name to sell as many units as possible. But we do remember the Windows Phone failure. I really hope the Nokia brand get’s taken more care of under HMD. And there is good signs of that because HMD is also a finnish company.

Can the Nokia 8 compete against brand new iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8? I really don’t think so. Galaxy Note 8 will have it’s premium S-Pen feature. iPhone 8 will have a premium edge-to-edge AMOLED display. And a higher IP68 rating. And Apple’s latest optimized iOS 11 software. Which creates a unique experience. Will stock Android be interesting on Nokia 8? Probably not. Samsung also has a custom UI on Galaxy S8 with their Samsung Experience that they call it.

Overall I just want to say that the competition is getting more intense. You cannot make a mediocre phone anymore. People demand higher quality. Especially with all the new chinese phone companies that can offer great products for half the price of a famous brand.

My first phone was the Nokia 6070. It was amazing. I hope Nokia can come back strong and create magic again but I doubt it.

Thanks for reading!

Best Regards,
Adrian

 

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