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.
I'm always on the lookout for a good looking live wallpaper. I know some people are vehemently against them, saying they slow down their phone or kill their battery, but Rays of Light doesn't fit that bill.
Rays of Light gives your phone this kind of Hollywood-esque, night at the club, gettin' down with my homies feel. Rays of light of different colors pulse and intersect one another, creating some beautiful color combinations as well as keeping things fresh looking whenever you're checking out your screens.
The colors are what they are with Rays of Light. There's nothing on the settings menu that lets you pick certain colors. As a matter of fact, the settings menu is pretty bare. There's two choices: Set battery saving tips and moving animation.
The battery saving tips gives you four options to save your battery, all of which alter the speed of the light rays. The moving animation lets you stop the animation when you're swiping between screens.
Other than that, there's not much to say about Rays of Light. It performs well, looks good, and best of all, it's free. The developer is a top developer, too, so you know this wallpaper is quality.
We've got a couple of screenshots and download links after the break.
A few weeks back we took a look at Pops, a rather unique alert application for Android, and they have reached out to let us know they are offering some free Halloween alerts. If you currently are using Pops you will want to grab these free packs, and if you are not a current Pops user be sure to hit the break for download links!
Not a whole lot has happened on the Google Wallet front since its initial release but a new update has now appeared in the Android Market and brings a few cool changes and a weird version number with it. v1.0-R33v4 as it is known has the following changes listed:
Find new offers directly in Wallet
Updated transaction detail screen (for Tap & Pay and in Transaction History)
Merchant name and amount now available for Google Prepaid Card purchases
HBO Go received an update today that brought bug fixes and support for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, but many users are finding that the app won't after updating it on their Samsung Galaxy S II, Sprint Epic 4G Touch (love that name!). That's an easy fix, thanks to Android Central member Murphy5111. You'll need to clear the application data, which is easy and quick to do:
On your homescreen, press the Menu button.
Go to Settings, Applications, Manage applications.
Scroll down the list until you find the HBO Go app, then press it's entry on the list.
Press the "Clear data" button.
You'll have to sign into your cable company account again, since you've manually wiped out the application data, but that's a small price to pay for streaming movies and HBO's programming. You can find the update in the Android Market, or hit the link after the break.
Sometimes I get introduced to some app for which there are no real words to describe it. Plasma Sound easily falls into that category, tripping me out while I was playing with it and making me scratch my head as to how to best explain it.
Plasma Sound is an electronic instrument that responds to touch. The pitch of the sound varies with where your finger is on the screen and you can even cause multiple pitches to ring out because it supports multitouch. The sound it produces is this kind of weird, techno-electronic sound. It's strange but definitely versatile.
There's a settings menu where you can change the kind of waveform your notes will have, and that also affects how the note sounds. From the menu you can also change the highest and lowest pitches on the "board," which will give you a wider or smaller range depending on what you choose. There's also options for things like vibrato and tremolo, although in my experience, I couldn't discern any difference from my tablet's speakers.
There's also a sequencer where you tap squares (that represent pitches) and when the white bar scrolling across the screen passes them, the note plays. With a little bit of experimenting and some creativity, you could definitely create some cool grooves, provided to set the appropriate tempo.
There's a settings menu for the sequencer too that lets you (among other things) pick how big your grid is and set the tempo, giving you total control over your creation. What you can't do, however, is have a note get played on an upbeat, so everything runs the risk of sounding, for lack of a better word, square.
Plasma Sound is completely free and devoid of ads, so if making sweet electronic music from your Android device is something you want to be able to do, grab it from the Market and get to it. While it may seem more of like a toy at first, the developer says he uses this as his instrument in a band, so there's more to it than meets the eye at first pass.
For the budding musicians, there's download links after the break.
Viber has updated their VoIP app to version 2.1, bringing changes that users have been requesting as well as an all new voice engine that will improve call quality over low bandwidth networks. If you're not familiar with Viber, it's a voice over IP application that lets users make free calls and send texts to each other, on cellular networks or Wifi. It works really well, and is a great way to manage minutes or text allotments from your carrier.
In addition to the new and improved voice engine, the folks at Viber have also added two things users have been requesting -- picture messaging and location sharing. These work just like the standard messaging app we're used to, and really make for a great update. Top it all off with an updated UI, and it's something to have a look at -- grab it after the break, or check the Market for the update.
We heard a lot about safe driving initiatives during the CTIA keynote and now AT&T has launched their DriveMode service. What started life as an idea submitted to them, AT&T DriveMode was voted one of the top ideas and as such became a reality thanks to the AT&T Innovation Center. So what exactly is DriveMode?
AT&T DriveMode when enabled provides the option to send calls directly to voicemail, and to send an auto-reply to incoming emails. When the app is turned off, user can view the calls, messages and e-mails as they normally would.
DriveMode users can then pick 5 people which can be included on the "Allowed list" to send and receive calls while the app is running. 911 calls can be made and Music and Navigation settings allow one music and one navigation app to run while AT&T DriveMode is enabled.
The ultimate goal here is reduce distractions when driving therefore keeping drivers and pedestrians safe as possible. No message is important enough to lose a life over so if you find yourself tempted -- grab the app from the Android Market. You'll find the full press release and download link past the break.
Last time we checked, the great thing about text messages was that they're simple, short and don't take much brain power to digest. Zlango goes a different direction. The SMS replacement app, which launched today, adds a world of crazy little icons to your text messages. It's fully themed -- that's The Walking Dead theme you see above -- so you can customize to your heart's content. It's also got an easy on/off toggle if you want to switch back to normal.
You guys might not be ready for it yet, but your kids are gonna love it. Check out the video after the break.
Hail to the king, baby! Tapjoy and MachineWorks NorthWest have teamed up to bring the classic first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D to the Android platform and we'll soon all be able to kick some alien ass:
“Duke Nukem is a legend in his own time, and he’d be the first person to tell you that,” said Rob Carroll, Tapjoy’s Director of Publishing for Tapjoy. “MachineWorks NorthWest has done a great job of bringing the brash, trash-talking character and all his ass-kicking glory to the mobile environment, and we are thrilled to be working with AAA studios like MachineWorks to help bring games of this caliber to Android.”
Duke Nukem 3D will be available very soon in the Android Market, with compatability for any device running Android 2.1 and higher. Press release is past the break, what are you waitin' for - Christmas?!
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