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Galaxy S III On T-Mobile Receiving Android 4.1 OTA Update

The Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is closer than I originally thought. Those who are on T-Mobile’s network with the Galaxy S III are going to be extremely happy. The carrier is pushing out a new over the air update for the device. No, this isn’t a small bug fix. This is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. I’d be checking the “System Update” button if I were you!

This update comes weeks after Sprint rolled out their update for their variant of the Galaxy S III.

The update to Jelly Bean brings a slew of different features to the Galaxy S III. One of the features you can expect is the highly-advanced Google Now, which even avid iOS users have claimed to be better than the iPhone’s voice assistant Siri. Other than that, you can expect some performance updates along with some new TouchWiz features.

Have you gotten the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean yet on your T-Mobile Galaxy S III? Was it all you were expecting, or was it overhyped?

Sound off in the comments below!

source: SamMobile

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Top 5 Home Improvement Apps for Android

Who would have thought that your Android smartphone could help you complete home improvement projects? It might not help you tighten a screw or loosen a bolt, but it sure can play the part of workman’s assistant. Thanks to the wide array of apps available in Google Play, you can find the perfect ones to help you the next time you’re doing something as complex as plumbing, or as simple as covering up dings and dents in drywall.

Here are five of our favorites to help you out with your next home improvement project.

1. Home Improver Pro (free)

Before you dive into any home improvement project you’ll want to know how much it will cost you. Moreover, you’ll want a sense of how much time it will take. After all, you wouldn’t want to start an 18-hour project when you only have five hours available on a given weekend. The Home Improver Pro provides estimates for many different projects. That way you’ll have an estimate of how much time and money you’ll need to spend on a project before you begin. It is available for Android Jelly Bean, so all users can jump on this free app.

2. iHandy Carpenter ($1.99)

Sometimes you just don’t want to lug around that big box of tools. If your project is short and sweet, your Android smartphone might be able to replace some of those tools. The iHandy Carpenter app contains a surface level, a plumb bob for measuring vertical lines, a protractor, and a ruler. They’re not quite as precise as their physical counterparts, but again, for quick projects there might be no better option.

3. The Home Depot (free)

There are three basic steps to any home improvement project: 1. Draw up a plan, 2. Buy materials, 3. Perform actions. While the Home Depot app won’t do you much good with the third step — it’s difficult to imagine it helping with water heater installation — it can help plenty with the first two. Search the Home Depot inventory for materials that you’ve planned out. Then you can buy them, either for shipment to your home or pickup in the store. The less time you spend browsing the aisles, the more time you spend working on the project.

4. Easy Home Improvement Tips (free)

One of the most valuable roles your Android smartphone can play in any home improvement project is as a research assistant. Keep it on your tool belt and you can instantly answer questions as you’re working on the project, so you don’t have to leave the site to consult a book or the web. The Easy Home Improvement Tips app provides information you can access at any time, any place, with your Android smartphone.

5. Make Your Home (free)

Sometimes you just want some inspiration, or some ideas for a remodeling project. Those ideas can come from something as simple as looking at pictures. Looking for a quick gallery of beautiful home modeling and remodeling ideas? Make Your Home has a library of hundreds of images that are bound to provide you with that big idea you’ve been seeking.

This post originated at AndGeeks.com – home to all things Android! Also a great source of info about Android Phones.

Top 5 Home Improvement Apps for Android

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New Google Search app for iOS takes humble approach to best phone question

Apple fans were treated to a new Google Search experience yesterday, one that not only brings an Android 4.1-like card system to results but also features voice input, much to the chagrin of the digital personal assistant Siri. Unlike Siri, however, Google Search takes a humble approach to answering one of the biggest debates between Android and iPhone users.

Depending on how the question was posited, when asked, “What’s the best smartphone?” Siri would either respond with a list of handsets based on Best Buy user ratings or suggest that the iPhone was superior. The former response was particularly embarrassing for Apple, as Siri’s answer did not place the iPhone at the top.

With Google’s new voice search for iOS, a less straight forward answer is given, responding with such phrases as “No one phone is right for everyone,” and You’ll have to decide for yourself.” The answers both take a higher-road type approach as well as slyly avoid mentioning the iPhone. After all, not saying the iPhone is the best in some way, at least, suggests that it isn’t.

For iPhone users, the new Google Search gives them a taste of what they are missing with the latest builds of Android. Will it win over any converts? We’re guessing not as many as the removal of Google Maps from the latest iOS build did.

[SearchEngineLand via iSource]


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HTC Shows Off the ‘Evolution of the Smartphone’. Gives a little Poke at Apple

It is hard to imagine life without having your companion smartphone in your hands, or pocket. It is also hard to imagine life before the smartphone craze came about. We actually used LAN lines? Big huge folded maps? NO FRUIT NINJA?!?! We lived like cavemen before we all started getting these devices. You can look at that as human de-evolution, but yet technology evolution. I say that because you always hear the older generation comment on every younger person having their heads buried into their phones. Yes, we have taken teaspoons from the smartphone bath salt jar, and have become zombies to these awesome devices. But then you got to look at it as a means of staying connected and just making life easier. We will never see eye to eye with that older generation.

HTC posted a nice little article showing the evolution of the smartphone. Below you can find a very well done poster that shows how far we have come in smartphone technology. From cell phone’s introduction in the 70s, to Zack Morris’ huge (but awesome) cell phone he used, the cell phone needed more to it than just making phone calls. We needed a personal assistant for our crazy, eventful lives. That is exactly what has happened, and the poster below shows off the timeline in which we have survived through the madness.

As you can see towards the end, HTC decided to poke fun at Apple Maps, and how it threw Apple back in the evolution timeline with their atrocious attempt at getting you from point A to point B. You got to love that. Let us know what you guys think.

Source: HTC

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Nuance launches Siri-esque Dragon Mobile Assistant

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Today Nuance kicked off the beta for a new app called Dragon Mobile Assistant. It lets users talk to their phones in a natural human voice for a variety of tasks, including booking calendar appointments, dictating messages, updating Facebook and Twitter, getting GPS directions, finding businesses, and checking the weather. It even has an S-voice style audio wake-up command so you don't have to press a button to initiate a query. Sure, Personal Assistant has a lot in common with Dragon Go, but this is packaged in a way to more directly offer an Android version of Siri. 

Nuance is in a good spot for launching a voice activated personal assistant given its pedigree (especially now that they've acquired Vlingo), but it's hardly the only show in town. A small start-up called Maluuba has a very sharp-looking app that focuses on specific silos of content. Of course Samsung's S-voice is an option on pretty much all of their newer phones, plus the latest version of voice search built into Jelly Bean can handle a lot. There's Evi, though it wasn't particularly great the last time we used it.

Dragon Personal Assistant is free, but it's only available in English in the U.S. for devices running Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. They're expecting to launch more broadly before the end of the year, at least. Which voice-activated personal assistant do you use on Android? Are there any that are fast enough to be more practical than just typing in a query or manually navigating to something on your device? How do you think these options stack up against what's available on iOS?

Source: Nuance

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Nuance’s Dragon Mobile Assistant, For Those That Love Chatting With Their Phones

This morning, Nuance (the same folks that bought out Swype), released Dragon Mobile Assistant. Think Google Now and Siri combined. It’s much like their previous application called Dragon Go, except this is based on conversations with your device itself and it relaying info and doing tasks for you.  Here are a few examples of things [...]

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Apple iPad 2 Still Has No Siri, But The Apple iPad Mini Does?

To sum up my thoughts on the iPad Mini: Oh? Apple is releasing a new iPad? That’s pretty…cool.

Any of you that are getting your wallets ready for the Apple iPad Mini when it launches on November 2nd should be happy to find out that the OEM’s voice activated personal assistant Siri, will thankfully be supported by this miniature version of an iPad. On the flip side of things, those that are still rocking the iPad 2 still remain without Siri. This could also be a sign that Apple might be in the works of offering their second-gen tablet as a offering to users who are on a budget. If that is indeed the case, the iPad 2 will probably stay in the production lineup until they decide to release the next full sized model next year. And yes, we are expecting Apple to release another minimal mediocre iPad next year sadly.

When you compare the iPad Mini to the iPad 2, the differences between the two are a whole lot more than just the lack of the personal voice assistant Siri. Despite the larger screen of the iPad 2, all of the other specifications are very much in favor of the newly announced iPad Mini, which is set to release on November 2nd. The resolution of the screen that is on the iPad Mini is the same resolution that you can find on the Apple iPad 2′s display screen, so, despite the size differences the resolution still remains the same. The only thing is, with the small screen size on the iPad Mini, the latter’s pixel density sits at 162ppi which happens to top the original 132ppo on some of their older devices. If you got a chance to see the two devices side by side, you should have noticed that 30ppi makes a massive difference on the two devices.

Of course, we should feel bad for those who are still sitting on the Apple iPad 2. It has no retina display, a slow processor when you compare it to the newly announced Apple iPad Mini, and worse of all, there is no personal voice assistant. So far, there is no news of Apple readying Siri for the iPad 2 either, which is extremely disappointing, as many people were probably looking forward to that. Still, it is no surprise that Apple wouldn’t add that two a device that is now going to be two generations old. Although, wouldn’t it be an iOS 6 wide feature?

Will any of you that are currently rocking the Apple iPad 2 be looking to get the Apple iPad Mini, or are you satisfied with your iPad 2 despite the now slower processor and lack of a personal voice assistant? Would you consider getting one of these newer tablets or even looking into a possible Android tablet? From a non-biased perspective, both the upcoming Surface tablet and the iPad 4 is actually shaping up to look pretty good. Although the iPad 4 isn’t worth justifying a upgrade, but I would consider getting it as I have never owned an iPad.

source: phone arena

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Sandcrater Software releases MiniECal iOS app for Exchange users

MiniECal  
Developer: Ron DiNapoli  
Price: $1.99   Download

Sandcrater Software is pleased to announce the release of their MiniECal application for iOS. MiniECal is a Microsoft Exchange assistant that allows users to view the calendars of other users on the same system.

“In many organizations, the need for some employees to view the calendars of other employees is a requirement,” says Ron DiNapoli, owner of Sandcrater Software. “Such functionality is not possible using the built in Calendar application in iOS.” MiniECal provides this added functionality and is intended to be used as a supplement to, but not a replacement of the iOS Calendar application.

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Zipcar CEO talks mobile app improvements, predicts connected vehicle future

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We wondered why Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith was slated as a keynote presenter at CTIA’s MobileCon — after all, what does renting cars have to do with mobile? Apparently, quite a lot. Griffith stated in his keynote that Zipcar’s app and mobile services have taken a much more central role in the organization. The company is developing its own in-car device holder so that customers can hook up their phones for hands-free functions, and more importantly, the Zipcar smartphone app is due for a major update. The current version can be used to schedule rentals and remote unlock vehicles, but future iterations will transform it into more of an “in-car assistant.” It’ll let you know more information about the car, help you around town with a personal recommendation service, stream your iTunes playlist, and detailed trip feedback like fuel-levels and car conditions will be far easier to report. Zipcar hopes to add new members through the app as well — just take a photo of your driver’s license and get an approval “in minutes.” According to Griffith, the connected car will change our urban landscape, especially with the combination of services like Lyft, Uber, bike sharing, and public transit. It’s not quite the flying car, but the nerd in us is sufficiently pleased.

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Zipcar CEO talks mobile app improvements, predicts connected vehicle future originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 10 Oct 2012 03:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple files patent application for ‘intelligent automated assistant,’ sounds like Siri

Apple files patent application for 'intelligent automated assistant,' sounds like Siri

Siri’s managed to make it into several Apple devices now, so it doesn’t shock us to spy the company’s attempt to patent the polite (somewhat frosty) tones of its voice navigation system. A pretty deep patent application filed today describes an “intelligent Automated Assistant,” with the claims describing an application that is guided through the user’s speech — and all wrapped in a “conversational interface.” So far, so Siri. The filing elaborates on Apple’s earlier filings, explaining how this digital assistant furthers the users’ demands with additional requests for speech-based information — hopefully resulting in that map location or a movie booking you were after.

This “user intent” is then put to use, launching an additional app or performing the specified function, while non-speech input (presumably like the ability to correct your requests in text form) get a brief mention. We do get plenty of description on commands though, with some pretty thorough response tables and examples of “anchor text” — something that the automated assistant tries to pluck from your ramblings in order to make sense of them. The full version resides at the source below, if you’re looking for 51 verbose pages explaining Siri’s inner workings.

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Apple files patent application for ‘intelligent automated assistant,’ sounds like Siri originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Robin Gets A Facelift – Brings New Features and UI with Version 2.0

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It was a few months ago we told you guys about Robin, a voice assistant app for Android that looked to give Siri a run for her money (don’t they all?). The app was met with good reviews and recently, Robin’s been given a complete overhaul with new version 2.0. She’s now smarter, listens better, and has been given a visual facelift. Here’s the all new feature set for 2.0:

  • Hands-free email and SMS narration
  • Texting by voice
  • Proactive mode : listen to text messages as they come.
  • Proactive traffic alerts (Phase one): get ask for direction and get prompted about traffic delays as you go.
  • Introducing Robin’s news room: headlines delivered by a duo of news anchors!
  • Also, personal newscast from your Facebook and Twitter
  • UI redesign.

If you guys wanna take her for a spin, “Robin, the Siri challenger” can be found in the Google Play Store free of charge. Let me know if she plays nice.

[Google Play Store]


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Verizon Galaxy S3 update brings remote diagnostics tool

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3 seems to be getting itself an update soon, and it will add some very useful tools for those finding themselves in a Verizon store often. The update will add Verizon’s remote diagnostics tool. The tool will allow Verizon tech support reps to view your smartphone over the internet for things like troubleshooting, app training, and more.

Other changes include the ability to watch the Guided Tours video over 3G and 4G, better stability and connectivity with backup assistant, better data connectivity with S Beam, more accurate NFC tagging, a fix for the “No SIM” error popping up, and more. The 30MB update will be known as build IMM76D.I535VRALG7, and the rollout usually isn’t far behind the official support document. [Verizon PDF]


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Google granted patent for Smart Glove

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Project Glass isn’t the only augmented reality project Google happens to be working on: they’ve recently been granted a patent for what can best be called a “Smart Glove”, somewhat similar to what Tom Cruise wore in the movie Minority Report. Consisting of several sensors, cameras, processors, memory and networking capabilities, the glove itself seems very unlikely to make its way to regular consumers (though I wouldn’t mind one to play around with).

Possible applications? One such is using gestures and Project Glass in conjunction to perform actions, such as zooming in with either the camera on the glove or the Glass. Another is interacting with holographic interfaces, such as Tony Stark’s computer in Iron Man.

I must admit, though, that I have seen some form of prior art in the segment. I’m referring to technology demonstrated by an MIT Media Lab assistant researcher and PhD candidate, Pranav Mistry. A video of Pranav’s at a TED conference is below. How similar is Google’s work to his? I’m not sure, but they definitely seem along a similar line.

[Android Authority]


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GoDocs v3.2 is your first assistant for Google Docs and Google Drive

GoDocs for Google Docs™, Google Drive™  
Developer: Nikita Lutsenko  
Price: $4.99   Download

lightroomapps. is pleased to release their updated app GoDocs 3.2 for iOS and . GoDocs 3.2 allows you to view, edit, manage and share all types of documents. There is a professional PDF viewer which allows you to open links in PDF format. The smart approach in searching texts, just by tapping one . GoDocs 3.2 for iOS new features are:

Optical Character Recognition:
Now your PDFs and Images can be converted into editable text.

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Google Now hits some rooted devices, adds topping to your Ice Cream Sandwich

Google Now hits rooted devices, adds extra topping to your Ice Cream Sandwich

If you can’t wait to subject Google Now to an epic interrogation of your own but don’t have access to Android’s Jelly Bean-flavored OS, then you may want to check out what’s cooking over at the XDA Developers forums. If you’ve got a rooted ARMv7 device with Ice Cream Sandwich and ClockWorkMod Recovery, it’s actually possible to start enjoying Google’s take on the virtual personal assistant on your smartphone right now. As usual, you’ll need to download the requisite file and partake in some good, old flashing action. Folks who appreciate having options can also take their pick between a fuller Google Now experience or a more stripped down version by hitting the source link below.

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Google Now hits some rooted devices, adds topping to your Ice Cream Sandwich originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 07 Aug 2012 22:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Voice assistant ‘Nina’ lets any app obey commands, makes speech your password

Voice assistant 'Nina' lets any app obey commands, makes speech your password

Voice recognition technology from Nuance is all over the place — in everything from Smart TVs to Beemers. But today, in response to the growth of device-specific voice assistants like Siri and S-Voice, the company wants to take things down a different route: launching a mobile SDK for iOS and Android that any third-party app can employ. Baptized “Nina,” the voice assistant won’t only be able to understand instructions, but will also identify the speaker using vocal biometrics. That means Nina could potentially pay a bill, arrange a bank transfer, book a vacation or even interact with government services without ever requiring you to enter a password. The video after the break shows just how intimate things could get — assuming you’re able to find a spot where the two of you won’t be overheard.

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Voice assistant ‘Nina’ lets any app obey commands, makes speech your password originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Aug 2012 06:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft inks their 15th Android licensing deal, Motorola still stubborn

You have to hand it to Microsoft. As Apple fights it out with Android manufacturers, Microsoft is quietly signing licencing deals. This all started last year when they were able to grab deals with HTC, Samsung, Acer, and ViewSonic. In fact, back in October they had a total of 10 deals.

As of today that total is at 15 with the latest one involving Honeywell International, Inc. It’s based on their digital assistant called the Dolphin, which is meant for field workers with data capture being its primary use.

All 15 of these deals generate quite a bit of money for Microsoft, and since they can’t sell any phones, this really helps their bottomline.

With 15 deals, you would think there really isn’t a company left to go after, but there is one major player yet to sign anything, and that’s Motorola. Microsoft recently scored some victories here in the U.S. and Germany, but Motorola continues to fight long and hard. It really makes me wonder why Motorola’s patents were worth so much when they’re forced to defend themselves constantly. Microsoft would rather Motorola sign a deal just like everyone else in order to save on legal fees, but kudos to Motorola for not giving in.

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Review: Track the Olympics with Style using London 2012 Spogger

London 2012 Spogger  
Developer: E-beeze  
Price: $1.99   Download

London 2012 Spogger? While the name Spogger may not offer much other than some head scratching as to what it is and why you want it, The London 2012 part probably tells you whole lot more. In short though, London 2012 Spogger is your go-to application for the , itinerary, and clips from the ongoing London 2012 this Summer. From the Opening Ceremony to Closing, Spogger will have you covered for whatever’s in the know for the biggest sports event of the year.

Spogger is a mix between a  assistant, itinerary manager, and media aggregation for everything to do with this year’s Olympic Events in London alongside facts and stats of the champions and their events. The only question here is what you want to make out of this app, as opposed to what it can offer.

The application, developed by E-breeze Ltd as part of ‘Olympi-Mania’ appears to be a well developed application with a very wide variety of features that can cater to any one of the many Olympic events and needs you may have should you be an attendee of the events in London or just a fan tuning in from home. Tying the whole application in with a contest for tickets to the games, and a promotional featuring a fellow in pink tights, E-breeze seems to be going all out  for their app as the games begin to kick off.  (more…)

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Review: Track the Olympics with Style using London 2012 Spogger

London 2012 Spogger  
Developer: E-beeze  
Price: $1.99   Download

London 2012 Spogger? While the name Spogger may not offer much other than some head scratching as to what it is and why you want it, The London 2012 part probably tells you whole lot more. In short though, London 2012 Spogger is your go-to application for the , itinerary, and clips from the ongoing London 2012 this Summer. From the Opening Ceremony to Closing, Spogger will have you covered for whatever’s in the know for the biggest sports event of the year.

Spogger is a mix between a  assistant, itinerary manager, and media aggregation for everything to do with this year’s Olympic Events in London alongside facts and stats of the champions and their events. The only question here is what you want to make out of this app, as opposed to what it can offer.

The application, developed by E-breeze Ltd as part of ‘Olympi-Mania’ appears to be a well developed application with a very wide variety of features that can cater to any one of the many Olympic events and needs you may have should you be an attendee of the events in London or just a fan tuning in from home. Tying the whole application in with a contest for tickets to the games, and a promotional featuring a fellow in pink tights, E-breeze seems to be going all out  for their app as the games begin to kick off.  (more…)

Finish reading “Track the Olympics with Style using London 2012 Spogger” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Samsung Open Source Code for Epic and Skyrocket Models

Samsung, in an apparent attempt to encourage hackers and developers and trying to give them a head start with the ongoing roll out of the OTA updates, have released the source codes of the Sprint Epic and AT&T’s Skyrocket on their download pages. The updates are available currently on their download pages for anyone interested.

Galaxy S II phones on the Sprint and AT&T networks are currently receiving updates for a firmware. The FF18 update is going to push their stock firmware from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich after a long wait. This brings added features, better user interface and of course some sort of satisfaction at being able to use ICS. This should not be too much at this point as 4.1 Jelly Bean has already started to be distributed and a release was also made to the AOSP (Android Open Source Project). Plus users would be least bothered about a source code availability. But this update will be music to the developers and hackers who are just about starting on their hacking routine.

With the availability of the epic and skyrocket open source codes in their hands, hackers would certainly find it a lot easier for them to port some of the features of the now released source code of the JB. This should include features such as the Google Music Player for JB, the voice assistant which works a lot like iPhone’s Siri voice based personal assistant, Google Now which is already making rounds as one of the hottest apps on the Android market and of course the swipe to search features. with the release of the source codes, this means exciting days ahead for the users of Sprint’s Samsung Epic and AT&T’s Galaxy SII Skyrocket 4G.

More ported apps and features should make it to their smartphones making their transition from Gingerbread to ICS worth the wait.

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Apple sued in China for patent infringement involving Siri [Video]

We don’t normally report what’s going on in the world of Apple, but since they have been a thorn in everyone’s side with patent lawsuits, we though you might find this interesting. Apple has been sued in China, but not by Samsung, Motorola, HTC, or another Android manufacturer. Zhizhen Network Technology is the culprit and they say that Apple’s Siri voice assistant infringes on their Xiaoi voice assistant.

The patent in question is ZL200410053749.9 and it relates to a “type of instant messaging chat bot system,” which happens to be called Xiaoi Bot. The Xiaoi patent was applied for by Zhizhen back in 2004 and was granted in 2006. What really has Zhizhen ticked off the most is the way Apple marketed Siri on their Chinese website. They said, “It (siri) can understand what you say and what you’re asking for, and it can find the answer that you are looking for on the web”. It’s no longer on the website.

The interesting thing is Apple was just awarded an injunction on the Galaxy Nexus because of an infringement involving a unified search patent, also known as Apple’s Siri patent. It should also be noted that Apple bought Siri in 2010 so they weren’t the creators of it.

I’ve never been a fan of any of these patent lawsuits as I think it’s ridiculous that you can even patent software-related things or how hardware looks. So I agree that this is yet another ridiculous case even though Apple is the victim. On the other hand, it isn’t so bad seeing Apple get a taste of their own medicine. It will be interesting to see how strong of a case Zhizhen has and if it could spell trouble for Siri in general. Hit the break to see the video of Xiaoi Bot in action as it does look very familar.

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Video: Make “Google Now” App Do A Barrel Roll in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean [Easter Egg]

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In our last post, we showed you guys a video of 47 questions you can ask Google’s Voice Search function in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (otherwise known as Google Now ) to get impressive results. In case you missed it, at the very end of the vid, we were treated to a rather awesome display of barrel rolling maneuvers when the voice search assistant was asked to, “Do a barrel roll.” The results were nothing short of amazing. Yup. I had to give this a go on my Galaxy Nexus and even made a quick video showcasing arguably the coolest feature to ever hit smartphones… barrel rolls. enjoy.


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Huawei’s Emotion UI for Ice Cream Sandwich devices starts rolling out in China

Huawei's Emotion UI for Ice Cream Sandwich devices starts rolling out in China

We knew its arrival was imminent, and it looks like the time to shine for Huawei’s Emotion UI is right about now — well, at least in areas near the Great Wall. To celebrate its official debut, the company’s launched a new website where it goes into nearly every detail about its novel Android skin, touting fresh features such as a voice assistant, smart contact finder, customizable fonts, smart triggers and an all-new chat application that’s very reminiscent of Cupertino’s iMessage or Samsung’s ChatOn. Unfortunately, the Emotion UI overlay is only available to Huawei devices — that are running Ice Cream Sandwich — in China, but word has it coming to the US of A and Europe once the outfit’s upcoming Ascend D Quad finally hits the shelves.

Update: As it turns out, our dear friends from Engadget Chinese have pointed out that Huawei’s website is listing the updates as “coming soon” and “ROM developing,” meaning the Emotion UI isn’t quite making its way to devices just yet.

Huawei’s Emotion UI for Ice Cream Sandwich devices starts rolling out in China originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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"Google, what’s the best Android blog?"

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Jelly Bean's new Google Now voice assistant clearly knows its stuff.

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A quick look at ‘Google Now’ [Video]

During yesterdays Google IO keynote, Google introduced Google Now. Google Now is more of an expansion of Google’s Voice Search assistant. It learns from the user as you use your phone each day and can be helpful is many ways in your every day life. It learns what favorite sports team you follow, places that you usually like to eat, and even helps you better route your itinerary for the day. Google Now brings all of this information in a card style UI and is simple and fast to navigate through.

The UI alone is probably my favorite part, it looks very pleasing and all of the information that you need is right in front of you. This is something that no other smartphone has and I feel Google has an opportunity to really make this a home run with consumers. Take a quick look at the video after the break that Google has provided to see what Google Now looks like and what it’s capable of. Let us know if this is something that you can see yourself really using on a daily basis!

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Google Now announced to help with travel, sports scores, alerts and more

We are still getting drenched with tons of awesome features for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but Google is talking specifically on a few called Google Now and Knowledge Graph. Both of these are Siri-like features we’ve been waiting for with a “virtual assistant.”

Knowledge Graph simply allows users to ask just about any question imaginable and Google will give out a quick and swift answer. Anything you possilby want to know Google’s Knowledge graph will search the web and answer for you. More important is Google Now — this is one of many Siri-like feature we’ve been hoping for. Google now will tell you when the next train is coming for transit, what the score is on your favorite game, when your next doctor appointment is and more.

So Jelly Bean is faster, butter smooth, has improved widgets, offline voice dictation and more. We’ll go down the full list of new features later with in-depth details. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code is available now for developers. Stay tuned for more details!

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HTC teases upcoming S-Voice and Siri rival

It looks like HTC has been having some fun this afternoon at the expense of blogs and HTC Android fans everywhere. Tossing up a picture on their official Twitter teasing an upcoming S-Voice and Siri rival voice assistant program — only for dogs. Everyone quickly jumped on it thinking the dog part was just a cover but yes, this was indeed fake.

Between Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s new S-Voice the voice helpers on mobile devices has been a hotly discussed topic as of late. Google is preparing their own codenamed Project Majel that we’ve heard will be shown off at Google I/O next week as Google Assistant, so this was pretty good timing HTC.

HTC’s “Top Secret” new voice assistant was looking very similar to Siri and other options, being able to take appointments, share weather alerts and all that jazz but we have a feeling they’ll just wait for Google’s Assistant to arrive with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. After posting the photo there was a wave of comments, speculation, and posts popping up everywhere but it appears this was indeed a fake for “pet week” — confirmed by Jeff Gordon at HTC.

Whether HTC is working on their own Siri voice assistant rival or not is still unknown. This could technically go both ways and they are just calming the waters for now. What do you guys think? Something that got out of hand or did the internet and Android world just get Rick Roll’d by HTC?


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HTC teases ‘dog translator’ app

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Update: HTC has confirmed that this is in fact just a joke, and they're not working on voice control tech for dogs or humans.

Original: The Galaxy S III might be "designed for humans," but HTC has just published photographic evidence of what seems to be an attempt to court the canine smartphone market. The manufacturer posted the image above on its official Facebook page, showing the HTC One X chatting it up with an unusually smartphone literate dog.

OK, so HTC probably isn't going into the field of animal behaviorology anytime soon, which means this is likely a not-so-subtle hint that HTC is set to join LG, Samsung and Apple in launching its own voice assistant app (OK, a Siri clone). Based on the image above, it looks like HTC's app will be able to manage appointments (such as walkies) and other general queries, much like Apple and Samsung's offerings. The big question will be how well the app's voice recognition features actually work, as we found this to be a major sticking point for S Voice, the Galaxy S III's voice control effort.

In any case, we'll be interested to see what HTC comes up with in this area, and how much of its Sense UI it's able to augment with the new voice-controlled tech.

Source: HTC on Facebook

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LG Optimus Handsets Soon to Have ‘Quick Voice’ Software

LG now has a voice recognition software counterpart for Samsung’s S Voice and Apple’s Siri called Quick Voice. The feature will be available soon on the line of LG Optimus phones such as the upcoming Vu, which will be released this June, and the LTE II, which will arrive next month.

The feature combines voice recognition and virtual assistant functionalities, a lot like Siri and S Voice do, by allowing users to access smartphone functionalities by means of voice input. LG is launching it with support for 11 apps, including text message, voice call, alarm, calendar, and phone book.

Moreover, it enables users to perform web searches, and get updates on the weather and stocks. Korean users also enjoy an exclusive feature that permits them to check the lunar calendar using Quick Voice. It remains to be seen whether this will eventually be available for other international users.

LG claims that a strong feature of Quick Voice is its ability to comprehend natural conversational language. Essentially, it appears that Quick Voice will ask a series of question to know what the users want to do, and the questions become more and more specific.

At this point, we do not know how Quick Voice differs from the voice recognition software already available from Samsung and Apple. Moreover, the list of languages that Quick Voice will support is also unknown, or even whether it will be offered for international users of LG smartphones.

Nevertheless, it is reassuring to know that LG is truly taking the task of developing their smartphones seriously. The South Korea-based firm recently disclosed that it had decided to invest its efforts in developing smartphones at the moment, instead of competing in the tablet market that is dominated by Apple.

This development furthermore underscores the increasing significance of voice recognition software in the growing mobile device market. Other companies today are probably hard at work with their own offerings to rival Siri, S Voice, and now, Quick Voice.

via engadget

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HTC posts ‘dog translator’ image, teases possible voice control app

Android Central

The Galaxy S III might be "designed for humans," but HTC has just published photographic evidence of what seems to be an attempt to court the canine smartphone market. The manufacturer posted the image above on its official Facebook page, showing the HTC One X chatting it up with an unusually smartphone literate dog.

OK, so HTC probably isn't going into the field of animal behaviorology anytime soon, which means this is likely a not-so-subtle hint that HTC is set to join LG, Samsung and Apple in launching its own voice assistant app (OK, a Siri clone). Based on the image above, it looks like HTC's app will be able to manage appointments (such as walkies) and other general queries, much like Apple and Samsung's offerings. The big question will be how well the app's voice recognition features actually work, as we found this to be a major sticking point for S Voice, the Galaxy S III's voice control effort.

In any case, we'll be interested to see what HTC comes up with in this area, and how much of its Sense UI it's able to augment with the new voice-controlled tech.

Source: HTC on Facebook

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