In a wise move to keep Android devices ahead of the curve in terms of features, Google has released Voice Actions. The free app, which requires Android 2.2 (Froyo) and higher, is pretty simple: it let's you speak several handy commands that access various features on your phone. Simply stating a word automatically launches a Web search, or you can use specific statements to send e-mails and text messages, listen to music, pull up maps, get directions, or make a note to yourself.
Digitimes reports plans from Toshiba to produce an Android-based touch-screen tablet computer, due out in September or October of 2010.
The report is light on details, but claims the Toshiba tablet will include a 10-inch screen and run on an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Critical specs, such as price, battery life, and 3G compatibility, are all still unknown.
Putting aside convertible laptops and the dual-screen Libretto W100, news of the upcoming Android tablet is the best evidence we've seen of Toshiba's commitment to the tablet since 2009's 7-inch JournE tablet, shown above. The timing of the proposed … Read more
Turns out the Web is dead. Nope, sorry, Chris Anderson from Wired said so, and that's just the way it is. Nevertheless, we discuss. Also, the Chrome OS is about to hit the tablet world like a meteor, you're only getting half the broadband you're paying for, and Microsoft Flight Simulator is back! Darren and Rafe are so excited! Molly and Jason are also here!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
We've seen the leaks and now we have official confirmation from T-Mobile that the T-Mobile G2 is, indeed, real.
The carrier posted a teaser site for the T-Mobile G1's successor on Wednesday, with an opportunity to sign up for e-mail updates. The G2 will be the first smartphone to run on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, which promises 4G-like speeds, but for now, there are few other details about the Android phone. T-Mobile said it will reveal more in the coming weeks and will give current customers exclusive first access to the G2.
If you weren't convinced that HTC was working on an alleged Desire HD, this should do it for you.
Amazon UK briefly listed the phone as being for sale on Monday night before getting pulled almost instantly. Thankfully, someone over at Electric Pig grabbed a screen shot of the HTC 99HLZ001-00 ACE/Desire HD listed with a price tag of ?415, approximately $645 U.S. The codename "Ace" has been tossed around since the rumors began a few weeks ago, but the final name of the product is still unclear.
For those unfamiliar, the Desire HD is … Read more
Cross-platform social-gaming network Scoreloop is now growing at more than 100,000 new users a day.
The service, which acts as an add-on for game developers to tack on in-game payments, leaderboards, matchmaking, and various other social-networking features to their applications, can now be found on the iOS and Android.
Scoreloop CEO Marc Gumpinger told CNET that other platforms are soon to follow, including HP's WebOS, Windows Mobile, BREW and Symbian, but that right now he's floored at how fast it's taken off. "To put it in perspective, Google just communicated a week ago that they activate 200,000 new devices per day,&… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--If Adobe Systems had its druthers, Google Android would turn into the Microsoft Windows of the 21st century.
If there was any doubt that Adobe's mobile strategy is now tied to the long-term success of Android, it was removed by a day-long presentation by Adobe executives and managers about how Adobe is adapting its technologies to Android. Dubbed the "Android Summit," the series of presentations to the press emphasized how core Adobe technologies such as Flash and AIR are being optimized for Android on phones, tablets, and eventually televisions when Google TV is released.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, … Read more
Some of the world's biggest electronics companies are readying an assault on the tablet market. But before they even begin, they find themselves at an early disadvantage.
Though Samsung, LG Electronics, Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Asus, Research In Motion, and Dell have announced or hinted at touchscreen tablets that will arrive between now and March 2011, they're way late to the party. Since the iPad's debut in April, Apple has built a huge lead in this category--in terms of actual devices sold but also in many consumers' minds.
The category is new--a large touch-screen device bigger than a smartphone … Read more
This week, Scott stands in a very long line at the Apple store for an iPhone 4; Dan previews some possible fixes for NYC's terrible Taxi TV screens; and we reveal everyone's back-to-school tech picks.
Two video games have us buzzing right now. It's Madden season, so Scott (dressed in full Jet regalia) and Joey debate the merits of this year's $60 roster update; then we check out the trailer for BioShock Infinite, and show off some cool props from the game we managed to get our hands on (you can also check them out in the gallery below).
Welcome to the 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
Question: I'm using an HTC Touch Pro, which syncs with my computer. Will any of the Droids do that so I can do ALL entries via computer? I put everything in Outlook and then sync to my phone. -- Sylvia, via e-mail
A: The important thing to know about all Android phones is that they really do want you to use Google products like Gmail and Google Calendar to handle your e-mail, contacts, and calendar information. This way all of your information is handled via the cloud, and you can change your calendar information from any computer as long as it has an Internet-connected browser. If you'd rather use your own personal e-mail address rather than Gmail, you can enter in your POP3 or IMAP settings in the general E-mail app found in most Android phones. Though it won't transfer e-mails from your computer to your phone, it'll just get the e-mails over the server instead.
As for the calendar syncing, here's where we strongly recommend getting a Google account. This way, you can simply download Google's own Calendar Sync program that will sync your Outlook Calendar to your Google Calendar, which you can get on your Android phone. If your version of Outlook is older than 2003, however, you'll need to export your calendar to a .CSV file, which you can then import manually to your Google Calendar. This isn't really "syncing" though, as it's a one-way transfer. The same goes for transferring your contacts; you'll have to export your contacts into a .CSV file, and then import them to Gmail. The process is even hairier with Notes and Tasks, as there doesn't seem to be a way to transfer those over to Google at all. You might have to use a third-party program like Evernote or Remember The Milk instead.… Read more