Cosmic Watch is not a watch face, or even a conventional clock app. It's an app that models the Earth, the solar system, and most of the familiar constellations in 3D specifically as they relate to both real time and any point in the past. It's also stunningly beautiful - you don't often see educational apps with such a focus on aesthetic beauty. The screenshots really don't do it justice; check out the video below:
The app is equally concerned with current astronomy and time-keeping and the more classical astrology, at least as it relates to the real model of the universe - there aren't any horoscopes telling you that you'll meet tall, dark strangers.
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There's no nice way to say this: interesting and new apps were a bit thin on the ground in September. Maybe it was the double-threat of new announcements from both Google and Apple that scared off developers, or maybe they're all hung up on ancient Green Day lyrics. Either way, things were looking pretty sparse, but we still managed to find a few interesting tidbits for you. Here are our top seven and a few honorable mentions.
You're on the sideline and you want to go through what just happened again. You can't believe what your lineman just did, and you want a replay to show during the next time out, visit to the locker room, or practice. You have a phone, a tablet, and plenty of expensive hardware. You just need an app.
Try InstantReplay. This newly available Android app is aimed at the kind of people who stand on the sidelines or fill pressboxes, those who take what's happening on the football field very seriously. InstantReplay doesn't just record what's happening on the field and give you the option to instantly play it back, the app lets multiple devices connect to each other over Wi-Fi.
September was a huge month for Android games, with big titles from both well-known developers and indies alike receiving Android Police coverage. Everything from high-end first-person shooters to minimalistic puzzle games are represented below in our monthly picks and honorable mentions. You might have a bit of a wait before your shiny new Nexus phone arrives, but when it does, you'll have no shortage of new games to play on it.
Today, Motorola published a list of the devices it would be updating to Android Marshmallow. And to be clear: that list is of planned updates. All of them. If a device is not on that list, Motorola is not planning on upgrading it to Marshmallow at this time, and that means those plans are unlikely to change. We even have explicit confirmation that Moto X 2014 AT&T and Verizon models, which do not appear on this list, will not be getting Android 6.0.
Samsung's latest smart watch is hitting shelves today, but it's not Android Wear. Samsung is forging ahead with its Tizen-based Gear line with the Gear S2. This is Samsung's first round smart watch with a full circle display (none of that flat tire nonsense). Listings are still hard to come by, but expect the Gear S2 to pop up throughout the day. In addition the the US, the Gear S2 is launching in Germany, Singapore, and Korea.
Nest has announced that a communication protocol it's been using internally for its products is now being made available to all device makers. It's called Weave, and I know what you're thinking, but it's not the same as Google's Weave/Brillo platform (because that's not confusing at all). Nest Weave will allow devices around your home to communicate directly (and with the Nest app) rather than relying on the cloud.
Mere hours ago we saw LG's new V10 phone leaked courtesy of @evleaks, and now LG has made it official.
The V10, which will be shown off at an event in NYC tomorrow, has the hallmark characteristics we've seen leaked and hinted before - a dual front-facing camera setup and a secondary display along the top of the device.
The dual front shooters, LG says, are for 120-degree selfies (or "standard" 80-degree selfies if you wish), capturing wide-angle photos with minimal distortion.
It was rumored that LG would be launching a cellular-connected Android Wear watch soon, and well, here it is. The Watch Urbane Second (or 2nd) Edition is the first Android Wear device we've seen that uses a cellular connection instead of a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone or a local Wi-Fi network, much like Samsung's Gear S series or LG's own Watch Urbane LTE (neither of which ran Wear). Aside from the addition of a mobile connection, it's a round screen watch presumably using at least some of the same hardware as the older Urbane.