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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

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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2 years ago

Update for the Motorola Photon 4G rolling out, brings video to Google Talk

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Regardless of how big or small the update, it is just our nature as Android geeks to love any OTA that we are presented with (so long as it doesn't break our beloved root, right?). Well, it seems as though Motorola Photon 4G owners are starting to receive an OTA update that brings quite a few bug fixes and new features to the device, and so far in the forums there seems to be some positive feedback about it. This update brings:

So, if you are a Photon 4G owner you will want to hop into your system settings, scroll down to about phone, and check for updates and get to downloading. Be sure to share your thoughts of the update with us.

Source: Motorola; via: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II firmware update I777UCKJ1 appears in unofficial form

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The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II is still fresh coming off the shelves and already their is a new firmware out there for it courtesy of DesginGears. Labled I777UCKJ1, the Android 2.3.5 build does have a few bugs in it but it also corrects some bugs as well. The run down? You got it:

Known Issues:

  • Home button haptic doesn't work

Fixes:

  • Home button lag
  • Lockscreen bug

New Features:

  • Overscoll glow

We'll leave the descision of  loading it up, all to you folks now that you what it breaks and what it fixes. You can hit the source link for more details -- if you do grab it or any other ROM built off of it -- make sure ya show DesignGears some appreciation.

Source: RootzWiki

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2 years ago

Screen repair costs, Vigor not cool any more? [From the Forums]

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We're still rocking and rolling as we've now reached the middle of the week. If you missed any news from today make sure you skip a page or two back to get caught up, or jump on into the Android Central forums for more Android discussion.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

HBO Go gets updated with Epic 4G Touch support, here's how to get it working

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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.

More: Android Central Epic 4G Touch forums

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Pantech Pocket hands-on

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We broke the mold at CTIA today and got a look at something a bit different than what we're all used to: the Pantech Pocket, announced by AT&T earlier this week. It's a square device, but being a square isn't always that bad. The 4-inch, 600 x 800 display is unique in the Android space and while it certainly won't appeal to everyone, it'll definitely find a niche. Wyatt Whaley, Pantech's VP of Product Marketing, said that the screen design lends itself to a 20 percent improvement in overall application experience, especially in terms of gaming and navigation. Make no mistake about it: the screen is wide and feels jarringly different in your hand, but not in a bad way. 

Pantech has made itself very clear in that the Pocket is a mid-level device and intended for users looking for a different experience. It's got a 1 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB RAM, and 600 MB of internal memory. Together, it adds up to enough of a kick to push the Gingerbread-powered Pocket along, but we doubt it's enough for anything too heavy. During our time with the Pocket we saw a bit of a lag in Pantech's slightly-skinned UI, but nothing that would slow you down too much, and certainly not enough to dismiss the device. We'll go ahead and assume that if you're used to the Galaxies and Droids of the world, the Pocket isn't even on your radar. And it shouldn't be.

Whaley says that Pantech has a strong older-adult market share due to their extensive feature phone offerings, and that the Pocket can certainly be translated to this demographic. He also says that gamers and young women will also enjoy the Pocket for what it is.

Neither AT&T nor Pantech has detailed pricing or an exact release date, but it's safe to assume the Pocket will launch in time for the holidays. Stay tuned here for final word, and enjoy some photos and a hands-on after the break.

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