FUN Camera Apps for ALL Android Smartwatches PLUS New GENESIS Firmware Revealed (YES its shipping!)
Smart watch ticks comm you're. Looking at the Genesis and you're looking at the brand new firmware, we got some updates for you folks. The whole team has been participating in this when you're. Looking at our rods face you're looking at firmware that Pablo 11 code, designed with the folks in China you're looking at the hardware itself at Jason, with Kronos blade, has been working frantically to get done and shipped to you with some changes to the actual hardware. As well as updates to the firm we're gon na, go over all of that right now and then we're gon na jump into something really special related to camera apps for all Android smartwatches. So stick with us. This is one of the initial watch faces that are installed on the new Genesis. This is what its gon na look like when you get it all of these you've seen already the custom faces and there's at least three different buttons that are gon na, be active in here heartrate. Whenever you see something related to heart weight, you can touch it. It'Ll go whether you touch the weather, icon, it'll, bring up your current weather and then, of course, your fitness stuff and, while I'm on fitness, I want to mention. You see the three dots at the top. We now have full fitness integration with GPS, so you're walking, you're running you're cycling. They will all give you tracks and distance computed from your GPS position, it's no longer that original fitness app it's, the upgraded app and the direct tie.
In one thing, I can't show you on the screen, but is in the new hardware, is the pinch and zoom what we have in the pictures in maps, even in browsers, I believe that's, because the actual touch sensitive, covering cake, coating that's on the original jennife Genesis. This one, the prototypes that was a single touch, but because you guys demanded it, we want it it that whole thing has been completely changed, so the ones that are shipping right now have a new touch face on them. That is multi. Point touch so you'll be able to pinch and zoom perfectly on all of them, so lots of neat things happening that's kind of the overall firmware changes. You remember the hundred dollar challenge. I have out there for you guys anybody that could come up with a way to turn the backlight off on this watch, so we could really seriously save power. Why? Because this has got a transflective or a reflective screen when it's outside the Sun hits it and it actually is brighter than when you're looking at it indoors. Well got some news for you on that. The the money hasn't been claimed, yet we don't have a winner or a designer, yet that's come up with a way to turn the backlight off. However, another feature in the firmware is this watch carefully the bottom button, if I press and hold look at that it dims it to the lowest brightness now, it's, not all the way off, but it's, the absolute lowest brightness that you would get to normally right here.
You know that little brightness setting that you've got there. It goes all the way down to the lowest setting you press and hold it again and it lights it up to the middle setting. So you can toggle between indoors you'll, normally keep it at middle and outdoors. You keep it all the way down sounds contrary that you turn it down outdoors but it's because of the reflective screen, any other Watts you're not going to be able to do that, you're going to want to make it as bright as possible outdoors. So if you're gon na use your Genesis, outdoors, you're gon na have a much longer battery life than folks that have a comparable watch that doesn't have a reflective screen. Even if it's got a bigger battery on it, it's gon na die quicker because you're using a lot of power in the screen press and hold here, and you can illuminate or soften the brightness of the watch. Now I think that's it for the Genesis. It is shipping right now, they're going all out over the planet. Jason has updates and is keeping us well informed, check the show notes for a link over to his YouTube page or go to Kronos blade comm and at the very bottom click on YouTube, and you can go over there directly but check out his updates he's on Update number four as I'm putting this out and there may be more coming as he keeps informing everyone about the shipment.
Is it too late to order? Well, yes, and no it's too late to order to have yours delivered like right now for everybody, that's ordered up to this point, they're going out right away. If you want to order now, I think you can still get it at the introductory price. You'Ll have to check with him, but it's going to be delayed until the next update of production is, is coming from the factory he's still within the first run, so they're still pumping them out, but they got a whole batch to him and those are the ones That are going out now to the folks that ordered early all right, let's switch to camera. Why? Because the Genesis has the forward facing camera, which is in the perfect place that you want to use for photography right and because of that, we've gotten really creative. In what we can do now, you know there's a camera app on here, and you know you can just generally go down here and hit camera and it's gon na turn into the the camera mode and it'll work for either pictures or video when we've demoed that You have the little switch button here that you can switch it to the front camera and and take selfies well. What we've wanted to do in watch faces was make some hot buttons on here that if you tapped it somewhere, it would launch the camera turns out. That'S a little more challenging in a couple of ways in how it's implemented inside and the fact that, if you accidentally touch that spot you'll turn the camera on and then that eats a whole lot of power and you might be taking random pictures anyway.
The choice has been made not to put camera buttons on the actual watch faces themselves. If you still want those, let us know we might be able to set up a way you can download faces that have those buttons in them anyway and add them to your watch, but the stock ones aren't gon na have that. But what we are gon na do is show you right now how you can map this lower button that has the long press for dimming and brightening, which has the single press for taking you back wherever you happen to be one level until you get back to Your watch face, but nothing is mapped for the double tap so with Elrod's help. He was looking for a solution that would allow us to turn that backlight off completely with a double tap and turn it back on that's. What we were asking for when we put out the challenge and well, he has figured out a way to do the button. Mapping and I'm gon na go over that and I'm gon na go over a little more advanced version of that with you right now and it's getting technical, so grab your piece of paper and get ready. I got two apps I'm gon na talk about right now. First, one is called button map or remap your keys. This is the one elrod recommended for us. It turns out that be a little bit limited and you have to buy the professional version in order to be able to map to the lower button.
The free version lets you map one item to the top button to test it out, but folks you can't mess with this button. You need the long press and hold to get here. One press turns it off and back on and the double press basically turns it off and on right away and it yeah. You can't, really map that double tap thing successfully because of the other functions there. So it has to be the back button, not the home button, and you can only map that back button. If you upgrade to the pro version of this app, when you do, you can go through the process of setting all the permissions, one of which is going to accessibility. We'Ve done that before to hat turn on the triple tap zoom on some of the watches, and you have to use a third party app like settings, search, for example, to be able to get to it button mapper same thing when you get in there there's a Button that says, go to accessibility settings, but it doesn't work because it's not in the basic system accessible on the watch. So you have to bail out of this one go into settings, search turn on button, mapper in accessibility and then come back out and go into button mapper to be able to make it all work so I'm, not going to guide you through all of the steps On that, just remember: you need to do that, and settings search is not in the Google Play Store, but you can download it from our Resource Center tinyurl.
com, slash, android watches and that that's, where you'd find it and you could. You can do this to get this whole thing to map the stock camera to this button. So when you double tap, it'll be the same as going to the camera app itself and it'll actually bring the camera up. One tap and it'll put the camera away. It'S perfect, for this kind of a photography on your wrist you're out walking around you see something you want to take a picture of double tap. Camera comes up. Take your picture. Push the button. Put it away picture stored. You can look at it later clean, simple, easy that's doable with this button mapper by flare to available in the Google Play Store, download. It follow the instructions. I was giving you and you can get it installed, but wait there's. So much more. You can do you don't need to use the stock camera folks. I got three different cameras to recommend to you to use instead of the stock camera and they interface with this one, which is also in the Google Play Store. You can download this button, mapper remap. All hard buttons by navigation and buttons shufflers, and this one we are going to go through and explain it all to you. Okay, you ready here we go so I'm gon na. Take you right from the Google Play Store on the watch on the Wi Fi you've logged into your account when you put in button mapper remap all hard buttons, which I use the microphone to.
You see we have to go to the full screen to see that because it wouldn't scroll. Now we go in here and allow modify system settings. I turned that on as well Bing Bing Bing, all three of those things had to be done. Now we have access to the app itself and an ad and that's just part of the whole thing with this so whoops we got to get back into it again. I always hit the wrong button with this button manager hit that button to get the back ad to go away and now we're here now we're gon na map the back button, not the home button. This is the back button, so I'm gon na click on the back button watch a video to unlock this feature. So you got to do this part. So I'm gon na play a little video. I don't know what it's gon na be it's a few seconds: tick. Tock, okay, they're doing a video advertising, tick, tock and it's, not all that long, and then it gives it to you back again. There we just paid for unlocking the one that we need, which is the back button and we are in here and we have a button. We have two active, eight okay to customize it and then there's single tap. No, we don't want to mess with that double tap that's, the one we're after and the long tap is where we dim and brighten the screen so I'm going to turn on double tap right here and now.
I have actions all these different kind of actions that you could do, or shortcuts and there's all kinds of shortcuts that you could do some related to apps some of the system, but what we're gon na do is go into applications now. You'Ll find everything in here that you've installed third party, but you won't find the default camera. So I'm gon na have to use different cameras and the first one I'm gon na give you as a selection that you may want to consider is called a better camera and we're gon na select that one and now it's there. So now I can leave here get out of here all the way back: okay we're at the main page. However, before you can actually use this, you have to do another little trick. You have to come over here. Go into settings. Go into more. I know I said this was kind of technical. If you don't, do this you're gon na lose that capability to it. As soon as the screen goes off, you're gon na go into background cleaner and tap here and you're gon na look for button mapper, the blue one and you're gon na turn. It off turn it off. That means that if the screen goes off, it won't stop it from running. In the background you want it to continue running. In the background, I got some other things called insta camera that we're gon na be playing with and all these kind of things we need to worry about whether or not they're on or off in this settings area.
So you with me, we were in background cleaner, which is in Moore, Moore, was in settings. Settings is what you got to from here now. Let me set something up for you there. That was pretty quick. I got a box of Vienna sausage over here. The perfect thing for hunkering down in place the cameras on the top here so I'm actually going to turn it. This way hold the band back. I mean I could have it on my arm and twist it around that's, the normal thing I'd be doing, but just to show you quickly how it works. Double tap the bottom button. There we go we're launching into the camera, but first time so we got to do some setups I'm, not gon na install widgets and now let's. Try it double tap. Ok and now we've got it. You see, I got my Vienna sausage over here. It'S spread out. Folks, but when the pictures taken it won't be all out of proportion, my hand looks a little strange it's this camera for our. Perhaps you can mess with the settings to get it different, but that's what you've got also there's a lot of stuff that's off the edge. So, just a quick one about a think that the a better camera app you want to go into here and change that most likely. Now you can see all your buttons. You can take a picture here. You can change this to HDR.
If you want to to video, if you want to there's lots of different options as a single shot, you can do multiple shots and you just simply take the picture hitting that button and a picture was take. It press the button down here to return back and you're done so you're in your watch, you're doing whatever you'd like to do you're somewhere down in settings messing around with sound, you double tap the bottom button boom boom back didn't it do it right. One two like that and you're back into the camera tap again and you're out right where you were so, if I'm in here double tap, then ding back into the camera, take a quick picture tap it once returns. You right where you were wherever you are in the YouTube video or in your settings whatever, and of course single tap takes you back out of here so that's. The first implementation of this we've got the app all set up now once again, it's the green one called button, mapper remap all hard buttons, and once you went through and set everything up, you are ready to map that double tap on the back button to anything. To any app or any shortcut or any activity, so with that, I want to show you a couple of other camera apps that you may be interested in now. These have been pulled from the Google Play Store a long long time ago, they're not there, and the only way that I know is the copy that I've got in our standard place.
Where I put a bunch of apps that aren't available anymore, you know like floating toucher and setting search, one is called instant camera and the other is called quick camera and you'll find them at tinyurl.com. Slash android, watches, ok, they'll, be in there let's jump in with instant camera, because that's very similar to what we're doing here with the double tap thing. I'M gon na come over and I have it in here: instant camera you get after you install it. You'Ll get settings and then the actual thing itself, so I'm gon na go into instant camera settings and quickly show you some stuff. You can actually change the photo resolution of what its gon na be like when you, when you take your picture, it's lots of options in here you can get as high as that and or is it the other way around there's your high one, which is pretty Decent and you know just pick whatever resolution you would like let's – try that one flash mode doesn't matter you can have multiple shots. I'Ve got it set for one, but you can have more than one because it's, an instant camera it's going to instantly. Take a picture. You can make a shutter sound or not. I don't know if it does. I'Ve turned it off, and this is important we're going to do it twice stay in camera mode and I'm gon na leave it like that, save that that's been saved.
Now, if I launch it from here, I want you to see what happens. I tap this. It opened it boom, it took a picture and it leaves it open. So if I want to take another picture from a different angle, I just touch the screen. If I do something else like this, and it tells me all about that where it's saving it and I can press it again and take another picture – ok, the thing is, I can bail out of this now and I can get back to my home screen or Whatever screen, if I double tap, watch carefully one two, it opens the camera. Oh wait a minute: we haven't remapped it it's still in the other camera right, a better camera, so it just opens the camera and get you ready to take pictures. We have to remap that by going to the green button mapper going to the back button, the double tap is showing that camera we've got to come in here and go to applications and again it's gon na be better. If I switch it to here, because now I see more and we're gon na look for instant camera, which is right here, okay that's changed. We can bail out of here there's an ad. I like it, just keep pressing them slowly, one by one yeah. Okay, now we're there now we're there now I'm gon na double tap, went one. Two there we go. There took a picture and we're ready to take more pictures.
Let'S get the sausage itself boom like that. So this feature, folks, is so that when you have it on your arm, if there's something happening, that you need a quick picture of, you just simply double tap it and you get yourself a picture and it stays open. So if you want to take more pictures after that, first one you can. However, if you go back into the settings – and this is what I think is so much fun about instant camera – and you turn off hello in the settings, you turn off stay in camera and save that and then you come out of here. Are you ready? Are you ready, let's uh, stick this up here: okay, I'm gon na double tap boom boom. It opens it takes a picture and it closes back again right to your watch face or wherever you are. If I'm over here double tap. Oh, oh, I guess I did it too slowly, one two picture and back to where I was that's sweet. So you can just wear your watch. Do whatever you're wanting to do, and you know that you can get an instant picture anytime. You want to again you're gon na need to download the instant camera insta camera app from my resource center, because unless you can find it I've looked all over the Google Play Store and I don't see it. It'S called insta camera and the icon looks like that. So those are the two different third party cameras that you could hook up to this.
You can also use open camera that's, a common one. People like on the on the watch with that one. You can usually set it up to take a picture and stop. So if you're at a funny angle, you can take a picture and it'll hold that picture, you look at it and you can either accept it or delete it and try it again. So it freezes the picture on the screen and other things that you can set to and there's other ones that are video recorders, any app that ingore gauges. The camera is available for you and, of course, a lot of them have the ability to switch to forward facing or front facing, and remember that setting. So if you're more into blogging, you could double tap and bring up your video blog and even start automatically recording and just look at your watch and clock and then press the button. Save it stop a lot of possibilities but there's one more let's take a breath. Now, what I'm, showing you folks will work on any Android watch. At least I think this DoubleTap mapping will work on all of the others, as well as the Genesis I'm demoing it on the Genesis because of the placement of the camera, which is where it should be, and the fact that the screen is easily viewable outdoor. So you can frame your photos and take great pictures outdoors. So all of these things really work well on the Genesis, but try it on the prime.
Try it on a d5. Try it on hope any of them. The watches that you may have, including this one called quick camera there's, a better camera and here's quick camera, I'm gon na come into quick camera and look. I got a little dot floating in the screen right here and I've got all these different settings. Shake control, auto hide all kinds of things. Let me tell you what this is about once you've got it in here and again before you close the screen, you have to come over here to settings and go into. I know I'm repeating, but you got ta. Do this every time on any of these things you want to run in the background and not have to start them up and configure them again. You go into more. You go into background. You notice um everywhere, except I'm, touching the dot I'm gon na touch the screen and that's gon na. Take me in here and it's called quick camera. Okay – and it is turned off so it's already set so that if I accidentally turn the screen off or on purpose – and I turn it back on it's still gon na be there – you see that dot watch carefully, that I did it it's gone. There did it's back there. Did it it's gone wherever you are, I can bring it on. I can turn it off and I feel a little vibration when I do that and what happens when it's on you got it point.
Your camera touch the button, it vibrated. It took a picture and it returns back to where you were and you vibrate it again: it's gone Wow. Why are the best apps in the world not available anymore on the Google Play Store? It just boggles my mind but they're not, and so, unless you can find it you'll have to come over to the Resource Center to pick it up there. It is okay turn it off. Let'S go to a different watch face. My fingers are getting sweaty, get excited. Let'S go to the first one. I really love this watch hey. This is one I use most of the time by the way you touch the center. You see the weather is there and the power level, and if you touch it, you go into your weather and of course, you can just press a button to come out of that. Your weather report. This is there for you, however, right here I can do this and bring up the dot. I can take a picture of the great outdoors right there and it leaves and puts me right back in the watch face so all that easily there if it's in the way just twist your wrists are vibrated that's, just one configuration setting that's possible with that particular Thing that particular app – oh, it wants me to turn on GPS and all this kind of stuff. I just going to give you a sample here of running it with the fitness app three two one, and even here I can turn it on or turn it off.
Well, you get the drift okay, now it's, finally, recording it's looking for my location, if I'm jogging, if I'm doing something, if there's something on the path that I need to take a picture of. I do this. I tap that and I catch the picture. Oops I'm off the screen there we go and I'm back on again and I'm done. So I really like that. One quick camera that works on any watch, the ones with the side camera here. If you got it set in the camera for being in the front facing, I believe you can switch it there. You can do that so just a really fun app that doesn't involve the buttons but involves a way of quickly getting in and out of the camera. So you can use your watch really for photography all right game. You'Ve been watching. Smart Watch sticks this one's been a little longer and a little more technical than usual, but it's all about what we're doing here so outdoor run. The fitness running click open. Okay. I want to just get out of here altogether so long press on this, and do you need it and back back and back – and here we are, the Genesis is shipping. Now the back cover has been updated with a grommet in there to enhance the waterproof capability. The bands that are on there, these really nice luxurious bands, are quick release now. The other ones that come with it remember comes with three sets: they're all quick release.
Already you got the charging dock that's going to be with this thing that you can wear on your arm on the dock and a charging wire that goes with it in a really nice box and if you haven't, ordered yours yet check the show notes, because I Got a link over there to to to send you to to pick it up.