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4 years ago

SwiftKey Keyboard gains speech-to-text

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SwiftKey Keyboard BetaSwiftKey Keyboard Beta

SwiftKey, one of our favorite keyboards, just added a much-wanted feature that many popular third-party keyboards lack: speech to text. The microphone gets a dedicated button in its familiar spot to the left of the space bar, but the implementation is slightly different from what most of us are used to.

Pressing it brings up a blank screen with the "Speak now" dialog rather than staying on the screen you're actually entering text on. While slightly jarring, this may be due to one other tweak--after speaking, a popup lets you select what you meant to say. Will this alleviate the frustration of the speech-to-text engine constantly misunderstanding you, or just add another step?

The app description now also promises the "full app out soon." Their beta release added a lot of polish compared to the alpha, so we may be in for a treat in the near future. Download link and another screenshot after the break

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4 years ago

Official Galaxy S accessories look as awesome as the Android smartphones

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Samsung Galaxy S car dock

We've got half of the Galaxy S line already in our fat little fingers -- that'd be the T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate -- and today Samsung announced some official accessories to go with them. (We'll forget, for the moment, that they're teasing us with the as-yet-unlaunched Verizon Fascinate.)

As you see above, there's a snazzy car dock that fits the lines of the entire Galaxy S series. And after the break, take a peep at the desktop dock with audio out, spare battery charger and leather case.

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4 years ago

Samsung Captivate available from Amazon for only $49.99 with contract

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If you've been looking to get the new Samsung Captivate from AT&T, be sure you check out Amazon's awesome deal first. Amazon is offering the 1GHz "Hummingbird" processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, and an all-new Touchwiz 3.0 user interface for a $49.99 with a new two year contract. AT&T is currently selling it for $199.99. Sounds like a steal to us. Check out our review of the Samsung Captivate before you scoop it up from Amazon though. [Amazon via Android Authority]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Wordfeud Free

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WF1

One of the many applications that I have been waiting to come to Android would be a replacement for Words with Friends, which is available on the iPhone and iPad. Wordfeud FREE is a great new Android application that allows you to play a Scrabble like game with either a friend or random opponent. Once you open the application you are asked for your email address, then asked to select a user name, which will allow friends to search for you to start a new game. Once you are all set up you can invite a user by user name or you can search for a random opponent, so even if none of your friends have Android devices, you can still take advantage of this great application.

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4 years ago

Archos 32 hits FCC, gets caught on camera

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The specs got leaked a while back, but now we finally have pictures of the Archos 32 tablet. The device seems to be packing dedicated directional buttons, which should help navigation on that 3.2 inch screen. It comes packed with 8GB of onboard storage and runs Android 2.1 ("Eclair"). The price may be the biggest selling point, as it will run you only $150. Sounds like a great Android-based alternative to the iPod Touch to me. Plus, it has a kickstand! Click past the break for a couple more pictures. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Early Tweetdeck build leaks out; we take it for a spin

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TweetDeck for Android

We're still waiting for the official beta period to begin for the Tweetdeck Twitter client for Android. But in the meantime, a Version 1 build has leaked out. It's an early build, CEO Iain Dodsworth says (update: it's coming Thursday), so we're going to give Tweetdeck the benefit of the doubt and not post the file link. (It's found easily enough.) But we are, however, going to take it for a spin, with the understanding that some features might not be complete. So keep that in mind.

But let's take a look, after the break.

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4 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G caught on camera on TNT's "The Closer"

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 Sprint Evo 4G seen on TNT's The Closer

It's pretty obvious to anyone who cares that Android is not only mainstream, but very much in the spotlight. If you need proof, just turn on your TV. We've already seen Ari and Johnny Drama with an N1 on "Entourage," and now Engadget has caught a sighting of the Evo 4G on TNT's "The Closer" videotaping a surgery. That 8MP camera along with 4G speeds is great for catching a crime in action and then sending it off to the authorities. That is, if you're not completely distracted by that Sprint logo... [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

What's Google announcing tomorrow?

AndroidZOMG, Google's going to announce ... something ... tomorrow at its campus in Mountain View, Calif. Question is, what? The invitation [via Giz] points to "unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features." Let's run down some of the ideas we've thrown around here in the office:

  • Gingerbread (Android 3.0): Very unlikely.
  • Some sort of interim version between Froyo and Gingerbread: Possible, but also not likely.
  • New Google apps, along the lines of Google Goggles or Maps: More than likely.
  • The Android Market web interface Google showed off at its IO dev conference in May: Geez, we hope so.
  • Music download and sync service: That'd be another "PLEASE LET IT HAPPEN!"
  • When your phone is schedule to get Froyo: Not gonna happen.

Have your own idea? Head into the forums and give us a shout.

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4 years ago

Samsung Captivate is overclocked to 1.2 GHz; 1.6 GHz to come soon?

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 Samsung Captivate overclocked

The AT&T Captivate (read our review) has been overclocked to 1.2 GHz, which makes the Hummingbird processor faster than it is out of the box, which is already pretty quick. The modder who successfully did this said that the processor is actually capable of a stable 1.6 GHz, so be on the lookout for that soon. If you have a Captivate and are interested in overclocking, click here. [Samsung Hub]

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4 years ago

U.S. Cellular launching the HTC Desire on Aug. 27

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HTC Desire

It's official: The HTC Desire (see our hands-on) is coming to U.S. Cellular on Aug. 27. Basically the Nexus One with Sense and sans trackball, U.S. Cellular is the first U.S. carrier to, erm, carry the device. It joins the Samsung Acclaim and will be joined by the Samsung Galaxy S later this year. Pricing has not been announced. Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC releases kernel sources for Aria, Evo, Incredible, Wildfire

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Htc developer page

Late last night HTC released a torrent of code -- kernel sources for the Aria, the Evo 4G update, the Incredible update, and the Wildfire; plus the FRF91 system image for the Nexus One (Happy dance).  Even though they are obliged to release the kernel source code by the GPL, I don't think anyone expected them this early.  Developers should start cranking things into gear shortly, and have something tasty cooked up for us soon.  [HTC Developer Center]

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4 years ago

Cellular South launches Motorola Milestone

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Motorola Milestone

Cellular South said it was getting the Motorola Milestone, and this morning, it's official. The non-Droid version of the Droid is launching with Android 2.1, a $59 unlimited plan, and it can all be yours for $149.99 after contract and $50 rebate (gift card). Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Froyo updates resume for the original Motorola Droid

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Motorola Droid Froyo update

Not sure what the delay was attributed to, but the Android 2.2 over-the-air update has apparently resumed for the original Motorola Droid. It's the same FRG01B build that we got last week (none of that FRG22 nonsense just yet), and it should just take you a few minutes to download and install. (See our hands-on with Froyo on the Droid.) So sit back, relax and wait for it to push down. Or frantically force your phone to check for updates. Or install it manually. Your call. [via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Droid 2 presale starts today -- or is it actually on sale online today?

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Motorola Droid 2

Waking up to a bit of weirdness this morning as the Motorola Droid 2 -- which officially is available for presale today at Verizon for $199 on contract -- appears to actually be available for purchase online. Not sure how much of a difference that makes considering you'll have to wait for it to be shipped, but there you go. And the website's acting up, which could mean crushing demand, a glitch in the Matrix, or the hamster just doesn't want to say on his wheel. Sing out if you actually managed to order one, and when you're supposed to get it. [Verizon via Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

HTC pushing fix for Evo 4G owners who snagged early Froyo build

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Evo 4G updateA heads up from the Android Central Forums: Remember that new update HTC promised for those of us who updated our Evo 4Gs a tad early with an "unofficial" build? The new update -- build 3.26.651.6 -- is being pushed out as we speak. It's just 4.17 megabytes and takes just a couple of minutes to download and install, and you'll find yourself "back on track" with all of your more patient friends.

Here's the official word from Sprint, if you're into that sort of thing.

So less than two weeks from leaked build to official build to an update for the early adopters. Pretty snappy on HTC's part, we'd say, and it t'was more than neighborly of them to take care of things. [Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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