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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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Motorola Droid

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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Google Nexus One

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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4 years ago

The Nexus One story, Part 5 (plus another look at the car dock)

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Nexus One series

The fifth part in Google's YouTube series chronicling the birth (and now life) of the Nexus One is now available. In it we get a look at the Nexus One being used throughout the day (and a guy whose apartment is badly in need of a non-Google decorator). But we also get another brief look at the car dock.

Nexus One car dock

At about 1:08 in we see our hero place his Nexus One in the car dock, which has kind of a dual ball-and-socket joint system for multiple angles. Why dude's using a car dock in a taxi is an interesting question, but we won't look a gift horse in the mouth here. Check out the latest video after the break. [Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4]

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4 years ago

And now, the HTC Legend

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HTC Legend

Looks like somebody has their hands in HTC's honey pot. Just yesterday we got a look at the HTC Invincible, and now here's the HTC Legend. Looks like it's running the same ol' Sense we've come to know and love, and it looks like the venerable trackball has given way to an optical trackpad, which would be a welcome change. One more shot after the break. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 2.1 update fleshed out, may include multitouch in browser

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Motorola Droid

The guys and gals at Engadget apparently have gotten word of what we can expect when the Motorola Droid gets its next update. Here's the scoop:

  • Looks like it'll be based off the Android2.1-update1 build that Google put out last week on the Nexus One.
  • And that means expect multitouch in the browser, to go along with the pinch-to-zoom that was enabled on the Droid for Google Maps just last week.
  • Google Googles is baked into the ROM by default (also standard in Android 2.1-U1).
  • The Droid's home screen remains as is -- no new rotating app thingy instead of the drawer, and no live wallpapers.
  • The news and weather widget from the Nexus One will be included.

Yeah, it's a bummer there won't be live wallpapers, and that the app drawer remains. Some of that's likely due to the hardware difference -- the Nexus One does have Snapdragon, after all -- and some of that's likely just the usual customization differences.

Unfortunately, nobody knows when -- or if, really -- this build for the Droid will be released. And so, we wait. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

myTouch 3G 1.2 Includes Swype Keyboard ?

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We know a lot of you folks have been excited over Swype, the new keyboard input method that allows you to simply drag your fingers to keys you want to type. It's definitely convenient for one handed 'typing' and for some people Swype really works. We've seen promising videos of Swype in action and even told you how to get Swype yourself, but unlike the keen readers we have here, we're sure the average Android user has little clue about this potentially game changing new input method.

So what if an Android phone launches with Swype? Would that catapult Swype to mainstream usage and success? It looks we'll get a chance to see because rumors are saying that the myTouch 3G 1.2 will include the Swype keyboard out of the box. We definitely support the decision because the more options for us, the better.

Could Swype eventually become standard on all Android phones? How has your experience been with it?

[via tmotoday]

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4 years ago

Motorola Motosplit: Rumored Details

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Remember that weirdly designed Motorola Android device, the Motosplit? Well, if these new rumored details are to be believed, that weird Motosplit is going to get even weirder. Yeah, we didn't think it was possible either. To quote:

The keyboard keys are inset and probably have no tactile feedback, however, they should be quite easy to use. It looks like the cutouts are pretty finger-friendly, as they contour to the shape of a standard finger. Under those cutouts is a low-resolution monochrome touch screen, one for each side of the keyboard. This is where the finger presses. The contact area is small, but the plastic grid that surrounds it contours to the fingers. The label and function of each key can be changed to suit certain layouts and applications.

The keyboard has multiple orientations. The keyboard can be pulled from side to side for typing on a surface. A small kickstand angles the phone when typing in this manner. The keyboard can also be pulled to the left for a standard landscape layout. There is also a dial-pad layout.

The Motosplit is also rumored to have the same processor as the Motorola Backflip, not the 1GHz Snapdragon processor we had originally heard about. That Backflip processor would be the fairly standard Qualcomm MSM7201A 528MHz processor and from our time with it, was a tad bit slow.

We're glad that Motorola is exploring different form factors but we really can't imagine how this would really work out. If it does have the ability to display different keys on the keyboard in different orientations, that's kind of cool. But is it cool enough to compromise usability? We'll toss Moto some faith here because the Backflip actually turned out to be a lot better than what we originally thought. Here's to Motorola pulling it off again. The Motosplit is still expected to launch on AT&T in Q3 2010.

[via androidcommunity]

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Answers Questions About the Xperia X10

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is coming, SE promises us that. But we still don't know the final official details like the date it's coming, the price it'll be, and what US carrier it'll land on (if one at all). For a device that we were rather impressed with after giving it a hands-on and one that is also pretty well known in the Android world, it's surprising that Sony Ericsson hasn't gotten this thing out yet. But we guess it's not surprising since it is Sony Ericsson after all.

Either way, if you want to learn more about the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, a Sony Ericsson employee has answered a bunch of questions over at Tweakers (a Dutch site). The highlights (or lowlights?) are that the X10 runs Android 1.6 and won't launch with multitouch. Luckily, the X10 looks like it will upgrade to 2.1 sometime in the future but we're not exactly sure if they'll be able to add multitouch via software update (like the Nexus One & Droid did).

So we waited this long (and continue to wait) and SE still can't manage to get 2.1 and multitouch on launch? Not the news we wanted to hear!

[tweakers via engadget]

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4 years ago

Google brings 'Parisian Love' to the Super Bowl

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Google Super Bowl commercial

Well, not quite as ... erm, visually striking as Motorola's Super Bowl ad, but Google did just spring its first television ad on us. It was the same "Parisian Love" ad that leaked a while back. No Android love to be seen. And that's OK. Motorola's got us covered. And did we mention Megan Fox was in a Motorola ad?

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4 years ago

Megan Fox ... in a bathtub ... with the Motorola Devour

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Megan Fox Motorola Devour Super Bowl

Look twice. There's a phone in that picture, and it's the Motorola Devour. And there's Megan Fox. And there's video of the Super Bowl commercial after the break.

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4 years ago

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