4 years ago

WebTalks brings text-to-speech to your feeds



App developer Jose Ortega has brought text-to-speech and voice-recognition technology to the world of feed readers with his new WebTalks app, which recently launched on the Android Market. WebTalks integrates with Google Reader and reads articles aloud using text-to-speech functionality. The app also includes a voice recognition option as a quicker alternative to scrolling through a long list of subscriptions.

While WebTalks a definitely little rougher around the edges than the official Google Reader app, its speech and voice integration works perfectly, offering a unique way to catch up on the news. This is an app that'll definitely be useful if you want to check up on your feeds while driving or doing anything else that occupies most of your attention.

Check after the jump for a QR and Android Market link for the free ad-supported version. There's also an ad-free paid version available for €2.99 that offers extra features like multiple languages.

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4 years ago

NVIDIA shows off project KAL-EL -- quad-core Tegra CPU


quad-core tegra

NVIDIA rocked Barcelona with a demo of their upcoming quad-core Tegra CPU, project KAL-EL at Mobile World Congress.  It's all part of their roadmap which promises 75 times the performance of the current Tegra 2 by 2014.  Yes, you read that right -- 75 times the performance.  Back to the here and now, the KAL-EL, demoed on an prototype Android tablet had five times the raw performance of the current Tegra 2, rendering full screen video at 1440p running on a 2560×1600 display.

With it's 12 core GeForce GPU, this thing is going to be insane.  Partners have the chip in hand, and we're to expect devices, tablets naturally, using this gear by Aug 2011.  NVIDIA has more to say tomorrow, we'll be sure to stay on top of this one.  [NVIDIA]

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4 years ago

Droid X sees price, and internal memory drop


Droid X for 10 bucks

The Motorola Droid X has just seen an across the board price drop, ranging from $149.99 (with a 2 year agreement) at Verizon's website, to a whopping $9.99 (see above) with a two year plan at Costco.  A big player in the price reduction may be the fact that Motorola has decreased the internal memory from 16 GB to 2 GB.  Or maybe it has something to do with the Droid X2 leak that came and went and the X is reaching the end of its short life.

In any case, if you've been eyeing one, now would be a good time to grab it before its too late, and maybe you'll get lucky and find one on the shelf that still has the 16 GB of memory.  [Android Central forums] Thanks anon and everyone who sent this one in!

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4 years ago

Share your Androidify creations



Google does a lot of really cool things, but some times they just get it right the first time.  Take Androidify for example.  Making yourself, loved ones, bitter rivals, or co-workers into Androids is fun.  Using Androidify, it's simple.  When simple and fun get together, you just can't beat it. 

I know we have a lot of creative readers, and Android Central forums member jjcasillas15 (that tall drink of water you see above is his!) started up a great thread to share what ya got.  It's bound to get interesting, so jump right in and share.  Androidify yourself!! Share your Androidify avatars .

Didn't install Androidify yet?  That's an easy fix.  Hit the break for the download link.  [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Norwegian family finds HTC Tattoo entombed in butter


 HTC Tattoo - and copious amounts of Norwegian butter

While we're all gawping at the latest and greatest HTC phones from MWC, spare a thought for the poor old HTC Tattoo, released as a budget phone in 2009, sporting Android 1.6 and a resistive touchscreen. Its glory days have long since past, and now it's only given any attention when it shows up in bizarre or unexpected situations like this...

According to Norwegian news site VG.no, a man named Tone Thorsrud was surprised to find a HTC Tattoo buried inside in a tub of butter last weekend during a meal with his family. What's even more surprising is that the phone had survived its buttery ordeal and Thorsrud was actually able to power it on. However the lockscreen has prevented him from using it, so the newly-unearthed device may never be reuinted with its owner.

Thorsrud reflected on his strange discovery, saying "it was quite a festive dinner. It is not every day you find a cell phone in the butter."

We couldn't agree more. The offending butter company has reportedly apologized to Thorsrud and is investigating further. [VG.no via Google Translate]

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4 years ago

Costco getting ready for the Motorola Xoom on Feb 24


Costco gets the Xoom

If you're waiting for the Motorola Xoom, and a Costco member, Feb 24 looks to be a lucky day.  A tipster just sent us in this image of an internal Costco doc all about the new Honeycomb tablet, complete with a few juicy details:

  • Wireless reps at Costco will be receiving their demo device on on or about Feb 22.
  • A pallet full 'o Xoom will be shipped to each store for display on Feb 24.
  • You'll be forced to sign up for at least a month-to-month or pay as you go plan before they will sell it to you.
  • And maybe most interesting -- they'll have 10 reasons why you should ditch the iPad.

While pricing would have been nice, it seems like nobody has a straight answer for that one.  If we find out, we'll be sure to let ya know.  Thanks anon!

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4 years ago

The Words with Friends Lounge [From the Forums]


Words with Friends

With well over 50,000 downloads in just a few hours, Words with Friends for Android is already a huge success.  Yes, there's a few kinks to work out, but we totally expect Zynga to get everything sorted in short order.  They're Zynga -- games is what they do.  Like you guys, we've been waiting for this one to hit Android and now that it's here we've set aside a small fenced in area in the forums just for it.  In the Words with Friends Lounge you can forget all about the carrier discussion, debate about who makes the best Android phone, and even the endless hacking some of us like to discuss after we've broken things customized our phones.

Jump in and find someone to play against, discuss strategy, do a little friendly trash-talk, and anything else WWF related.  And if you have friends with an iOS phone/pod/pad/thingy, invite them over -- we love everyone in the lounge.  If you haven't already, you can grab Words with Friends for Android after the break. [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Froyo EB13 release imminent for the Sprint Epic 4G?!


 Epic 4G update

Taking under consideration the customer support page showing how exactly to install the update has had some changes made to it today, it seems as though the roll-out of the Froyo EB13 update for the Sprint Epic 4G is imminent. Although we've not heard anything even remotely official from Samsung or Sprint as of yet, we'll be keeping an eye out to see if they start pushing it out to users. If you happen to see the update pop-up on your device, be sure to let us know as well won't you? [Sprint] Thanks, Daryel!

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4 years ago

New device forums are now open, come discuss them all!


With the the slew of new devices announced in the past two days alone, we've had to hustle to get you folks a spot to discuss them all. In total, we have nine new forums created that are now open. If you have questions, concerns or just want to share your thoughts on them all we've got a spot for you. Check out the links below:

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

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4 years ago

HTC booth at MWC dominated by Android


HTC mwc booth

It's no doubt that HTC is still committed to Android, announcing five new smartphones and a tablet at Mobile World Congress this morning. Their booth is no different, as there are Android decorations all over surrounding demo units of the intriguing products announced. 

Announcements this morning included:

Lots of exciting news. What has been your favorite announcement? Least favorite? Check out HTC's Facebook page for the full range of pictures of their booth in Barcelona. [Facebook]

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4 years ago

"I" version of Android will combine features of Gingerbread and Honeycomb


Honeycomb and gingerbread 

Live here at Mobile World Congress, we just got word from Eric Schmidt that the next version of Android will combine the feature set of Honeycomb and Gingerbread. Schmidt didn't give any details on naming (we've heard both Ice Cream and Ice Cream Sandwhich), but it'll definitely be the "I" version of Android. Looks like some of our favorite Honeycomb features will be making their way to phones. 

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4 years ago

Android Movie Studio coming to Honeycomb


Eric Schmidt just announced that Google is currently working on a video editing app called Android Movie Studio. The video editor will be availabe for Android tablets running Honeycomb. You can expect that the big G will incorporate YouTube integration from the get-go.

More to come soon, as we are still in the Google keynote.

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4 years ago

HTC confirms Incredible S to ship with Froyo, will get 2.4 'soon after'


HTC has confirmed via Twitter that its new Incredible S will run Android 2.2 out of the box, but will receive an update to version 2.4 shortly after launch. The Desire S and Wildfire S, however, will run 2.4 when they're released. HTC has also committed to a Honeycomb update for the Flyer in Q2.

This discrepancy is most likely down to release timing -- the Incredible S launches next month, whereas the Desire S and Wildfire S are slated for release during the second quarter of the year.

To find out more about HTC's new toys, check out our hands-on coverage of the Incredible S and Wildfire S from today's HTC Mobile World Congress event. [HTC on Twitter]

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4 years ago

150,000 apps in Android Market, tripled in 9 months


Android Market

As Eric Schmidt mentioned in his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, the Android Market now has over 150,000 applications.  The number of apps has tripled over the past nine months, and grown by a full third since last fall.  They're getting better as well -- I think we all have noticed applications of a much higher quality appearing, as well as cross platform apps and games from the bigger developers.

It's a testament to Android's extremely fast growth, and we don't expect it to slow any time soon.

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4 years ago

Honeycomb to come to HTC Flyer


We all were a little surprised when HTC showed off the Flyer (see our hands-on here) and it wasn't running Honeycomb.  It looks like they aim to fix this situation in the second quarter with an OS update according to their official Facebook account.  We reached out to HTC for confirmation, and we were told:

"I can confirm that we are working to bring a Honeycomb update to Flyer in short order – however, I don’t have any specific information on what the timing may be."

We'll have to see if that second-quarter window pans out. But either way, it's pretty sweet that we do have word from HTC that Honeycomb will be coming to the Flyer!

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