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2 years ago

Amaze 4G buyers, ICS Incredible [From the Forums]

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Nothing quite like an earnings call from Google to help break up the day. Long story short -- Google is making a lot of money and Android is doing amazing, plus -- Ice Cream Sandwich is going to be incredible. If you missed out on any news from today, make sure you get caught up either here on the blogs or in the Android Central forums:

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2 years ago

Larry Page: "We're serious about protecting the Android ecosystem."

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Google is in the middle of their Q3 earnings call, where they have announced that they are doing very well. During the Q&A, someone asked about the patent issues currently going on and what Google is going to do about them.

Larry Page, CEO, had a few things to say regarding the patent issues:

  • "We see our partners and our ecosystem growing hugely. Ultimately other companies actions will alienate their customers."
  • "We're serious about protecting the Android ecosystem."

Another question later on was pointed directly at Microsoft and the licensing deals they have been reaching with companies such as Samsung. Here is what he said:

  • "Rather than seeing Microsoft compete in the marketplace with their own phones, they continue resorting to legal measures to hassle their own customers. We haven’t seen the details of those agreements and I assume our partners are making good deals for themselves. We see Android growing Gangbusters and we don’t see anything that will stop that."

So, Android is growing remarkably well and he doesn't see Microsoft or any other company slowing that growth down any time in the near future.

Source: Google

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2 years ago

Larry Page on Ice Cream Sandwich -- it's incredible

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While on the Google Quarterly earnings call, Google CEO Larry Page let slip a little bit of his enthusiasm for Ice Cream Sandwich.  With words like "You won’t believe what we have managed to do in this release", "I'm super excited", and "incredible" being thrown around, it's easy to see he's pumped about the ICS release.  We are, as well, and I'm sure a good many of you guys are, too.  Oct. 19 can't come soon enough!

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2 years ago

Google Translate for Android introduces speech-to-speech translations for 14 languages

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Google has now taken the covers off their latest Google Translate update and it's a big one. In an effort to help bring down language barriers, Google Translate has brought  speech-to-speech translations for 14 languages to Android.

We began with just English and Spanish, but today we’re expanding to 14 languages, adding Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

To help with speech translations, Google Translate now also allows you to correct entries before sending them off for translations. Now when you speak, fluffy bunny with a mouth full of marshmallows and it turns out to be "funny money" you'll be able to correct it to ensure correct translation.

Translated text gets a tweak as well, you can now pich-to-zoom on text to view it better as well enter unrecognized words to your personal dictionary. The update is now live in the Android Market, you'll find the download past the break for you all.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

HTC Hero S now available from US Cellular

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The HTC Hero S is now available from US Cellular, and it looks like a great upgrade from it's older namesake.  Sitting right on the cusp between mid-range and high-end, the Hero S rocks a 4-inch qHD super LCD, a single core 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU, dual cameras (5MP in the back, 1.3MP around front), and what appears to be HTC Sense 2.1 built on top of Gingerbread.  The Hero S will cost $199 after a $100 rebate for new customers, or Belief plan members.

With an older version of HTC Sense, and a high clock speed single core CPU, this thing will probably rock your socks off.  And if you're not into great big phones, it looks like a great choice.  As an original Hero owner lover, I think it's a great way to carry on the name.  All it's missing is the trackball.

Source: US Cellular

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2 years ago

Google+ is home to 40 million users and 3.4 billion image uploads

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40 million users, and 3.4 billion photo uploads through Google+. Take a moment, let that settle into your system. Those are some pretty large numbers considering that Google+ was in closed beta for a while, and only went public a few weeks ago. While many seemed to question Google+, and wonder if it would take off and / or be able to stick around for the long haul, the numbers look pretty solid, and we hope to see more growth as Google continues to support it and make enhancements.

Oh, and you are following us all, right?

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2 years ago

Google's revenue up 33 percent for Q3 2011

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Google just announced its earnings report for Q3 2011. Get ready to hear the word "billions" a lot. Like, $9.72 billion in revenue for the quarter, up 33 percent from the same period last year. Net income (GAAP) was $2.73 billion, up from $2.17 billion for Q3 2011. The company has $46.2 billion in cash on hand.

So, yeah. Lots of money in the search business still. No Android news in the release (not that we expected any), so stay tuned for the earnings call and Q&A.

Source: Google

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2 years ago

Samsung and Google reschedule the Ice Cream Sandwich media event to Oct. 19 in Hong Kong

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The Google and Samsung event that was planned for CTIA on Oct. 11 -- the one everyone is sure would have been the Ice Cream Sandwich announcement -- has been rescheduled to Oct. 19 at 9:30 AM in Hong Kong.  With today's email, there is no doubt that this one is all about Ice Cream Sandwich.  While conspiracy theories and rumors abound, the official word was that the event was postponed out of respect for Steve jobs, who passed last week.

We're still looking forward to any announcements, and you can bet many an Android fan (including yours truly) will be glued to the live stream next Wednesday. 

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2 years ago

Droid 2 Globlal update is back, fixes Exchange encryption

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Back in September, the Droid 2 Global was busy getting its Gingerbread on when it was disccovered there was some issues with the actual update where in the Exchange encryption was broken. Now, a new update has been reeased to the masses and will be showing up as build 4.5.608.

The key enhancements as listed by Verizon:

  • Download Manager App: New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
  • App and Power Management Details: Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording: New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos, instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality: New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme: New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
  • Dock Icons: Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within acustomizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
  • App Groups: New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
  • Security: Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.

Updated Calendar Options:

  • Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
  • Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
  • Easy conference dialing – simply dial and automatically enter a conference code directly from your Calendar.

The change log remains pretty much the same as before, just this time around everything will work as noted. Just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates to get it loaded up.

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2 years ago

Samsung Stratosphere available today from Verizon Wireless

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We have heard about the Samsung Stratosphere for a while now, and we have anxiously been awaiting it's official release on Verizon Wireless, and the day has come. If our hands-on got you excited, and you are in need of a new device will you be looking into this one? This 4G LTE 1GHz powered, 4-inch sliding QWERTY is priced at $199 on a two year agreement, and for those looking to avoid contracts this will set you back $409. Picking one of these up? Be sure to share your thoughts on it in our forums!

Source: Verizon Wireless

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