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4 years ago

Google launches Buzz - it's like FaceTwitterSquare ... with gmail

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Google today announced Buzz, which is kind of an uber-mashup of Twitter, Facebook, Four Square and just about any other social network you can think of. Share photos, locations -- whatever -- all in real time. It's built in to gmail (some people are already seeing it live), and also plays a big part in the mobile space (natch).

For starters, go to buzz.google.com, and you'll be taken to a Web app that lets you see and create Buzz messages. You can see messages from people you "follow" or interact with often, or you can see messages from people nearby.

It's also tied into Google Maps. There will be (I don't see it yet -- anybody else?) a Buzz layer that will let you see Buzz messages anywhere on the map. And then there's a voice shortcut for Android phones that support the feature. Just say  "Post buzz" and then say your peace.

It looks like Buzz may take a little getting used to. Or it might remain as vague as Wave. We'll see. In the meantime, check out a couple of videos detailing Buzz after the break. [Google]

Update: As Skritt points out in the comments, check for an update to Google Maps (We're now at Version 4.0, people) and you'll now see the Buzz layer.

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4 years ago

Next (next) Android version is Gingerbread?

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It seems like it's a bit early to start hearing rumblings of the "H" nickname for Android. After all, it was just a few short weeks ago that we learned "F" was for Froyo -- frozen yougurt -- which follows Eclair, Donut and Cupcake.

But that didn't stop Google's Brian Swetland, who works on the Linux kernel for the Big G, from just dropping the following on the LWN.net boards:

We maintain a set of patches on top of Linux, which we periodically rebase to the latest released Linux kernel. We've been doing this roughly every other kernel release since about 2.6.14. This week we're finalizing our move to 2.6.32 for the Android "Froyo" release, and we'll likely be on .33 or .34 for "Gingerbread".

That said, Froyo's not even available on phones yet, so "Gingerbread" may just be an internal nickname at this point. A nickname for a nickname, if you will. [LWN.net via AndroidAndMe]

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4 years ago

How's your Nexus One 3G reception now?

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By now everyone should have seen the Google Nexus One update (called 2.1-update1) pushed out to their phones. (If not, you can always update manually.) Aside from pinch-to-zoom being turned on in a handful of apps, the update contained a fix for the apparent problems the phone was having keeping a 3G connection on T-Mobile.

However, our pals at JKOnTheRun still saw issue after the update, and there are other reports, as well. And so we put it to you, gentle folk. How's your T-Mobile 3G reception after last week's update?

How's your Nexus One T-Mobile 3G reception?(surveys)

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4 years ago

Google's Phone Support Line for Nexus One is Live

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Looks like Google's Phone Support for the Nexus One just went live. You can ask for help regarding your Nexus One's problems by calling 1 (888) 48-NEXUS which is 1-888-486-3987 in simple numeric form. The line is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM PST so hopefully you can get some answers to your questions, solutions to your problems, or just a nice person to talk to on the other end.

[google support via tmonews]

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4 years ago

Google Working On Voice-to-Voice Translation

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Google, creator of so many things cool, may have another awesome app in the works. Google is reportedly working on a new voice-to-voice translation that will be available to mobile phones. Meaning if you're stuck in Japan, you'll be able to speak an English phrase into your phone and have it pump out the corresponding Japanese phrase for everyone (or just yourself) to hear. To quote:

“We think speech-to-speech translation should be possible and work reasonably well in a few years’ time,” said Franz Och, Google’s head of translation services. “Clearly, for it to work smoothly, you need a combination of high-accuracy machine translation and high-accuracy voice recognition, and that’s what we’re working on."
We like the idea of voice-to-voice translation but we're sure there'll be a lot of kinks and missteps to work out before we get an easy-to-use solution. Google has been working on their speech-to-text engine with the Nexus One so at least Google is taking a step in the right direction. We trust that they can figure it out. But what'd be insanely cool is if Google voice-to-voice translation could translate an entire conversation in real time. One end speaking English, the other in French. That'd make finding Parisian love a lot easier, that's for sure. [timesonline via bgr]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Drops Price of myTouch 3G to $99.99, Better Off Waiting For myTouch 1.2

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If you're in the market for a myTouch 3G, our advice would be to wait until the myTouch 3G 1.2 becomes official and then decide which one to buy. Even though T-Mobile is going to drop the price of the original myTouch 3G to $99.99 on February 10th, the myTouch 3G 1.2 might be a better option in the long run.

The rumored updates for the myTouch 3G 1.2 are the 3.5mm headphone jack, Swype keyboard, and increased memory. The first two upgrades might not affect you but having increased memory may give a performance boost to the myTouch and maybe even allow it to cleanly run something like HTC Sense. And plus, $99 for a myTouch 3G is hardly the best deal in town.

[via tmonews]

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4 years ago

Motorola Devour Launching at the end of February ?

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With so many phones getting delayed these days, it's refreshing to see a phone manufacturer actually try and beat their release date. The Motorola Devour is rumored to do just that. Originally expected to hit stores sometime in March, the Devour might actually launch a couple of days earlier and be available on February 25th through Verizon's Indirect Channel. The Devour is also expected to be widely available by March 15th, at the latest.

Hey Moto, we wouldn't mind a couple more Megan Fox Devour commercials from now until then. Just letting you know.

[via phonearena]

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4 years ago

Droid's 2.1 update coming this week, Motorola says on Facebook

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We learned this morning what we'll likely see once the Motorola Droid gets the update to Android 2.1. Now we have have a time frame. Motorola, on its official Facebook page, dropped the following (emphasis ours):

Hi all-- we know you are frustrated with the lack of details regarding Android software upgrades and we sincerely apologize for not being able to share info sooner. We're happy to relay the 2.1 upgrade to DROID will start to roll out this week, and we will have more information to share on other device upgrades later ...this week as well. Thanks for your patience and continued support.

So let's all keep our eyes peeled this week. Next question is what other updates does Moto have up its sleeve? Stay tuned, folks. [Facebook via Engadget] Thanks, Tyler!

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4 years ago

Google lowers its early termination fee for the Nexus One to $150

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Here's a little bit of "good" news for anybody who bought a Nexus One on contract with T-Mobile and is thinking of getting out early. Remember how Google was charging a $350 "Equipment recovery fee" in addition to T-Mobile's $200 early termination fee? The Big G's just lowered that to $150 if you cancel in the first 120 days.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

A Google representative said the company had been working with T-Mobile to lower the equipment fee.

"Google's overall financial philosophy with regard to operator service plans remains unchanged: We make no profit from commissions from operators or from equipment recovery fees, and our recovery fees are based on operator charges to Google for early termination of service," the company said in a statement.

Whether that has anything to do with the FCC's inquiry into early termination fees, or out of the kindness of its not-evil heart, it's a welcome move from Google. [WSJ via Phonescoop]

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4 years ago

Nexus One hate, Moto Droid proximity sensor, Android hacking, app frustrations

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