Google has responded to the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan with a new experimental version of Google Translate which it hopes will make it easier for those affected by the tragic events to communicate.
Like the version of Google Translate available on the Android Market, the app supports text and voice translation between over 50 languages, including Japanese. What's new in this version, however, is "conversation mode", which combines speech-to-text, translation and text-to-speech technology to make it easier to speak directly to someone in another language.
The experimental app supports Android 2.0 and above, and requires that your phone is set to accept non-Market app downloads. You can grab it using the QR code after the jump, or at the source link. [Google Crisis Response]
If you are a Sprint user that has been eying the Motorola Xoom, and anxiously awaiting its Wi-Fi model release so you don't have to jump ship, a glimmer of hope has come for you. Sprint Users forums member rofl, who is apparently a rather trusty leaker of these types of things, has outed the Motorola Xoom showing a pretty Sprint logo. While we still have no release date, or real information on this device, it is a good sign to see that it is wearing the branding of other carriers. [SprintUsers via BGR]
Toshiba's 10.1 inch tablet (see our hands-on from CES 2011) now has its own sign-up page on Amazon.com. The Tegra 2 based tablet features "Adaptive Display Technology", which is video upscaling on the 1200x800 16:10 screen. Combined with a full-sized SD card slot, full-sized USB port, HDMI port and mini-USB, this one looks to be a very nice piece of hardware.
There's no word on pricing or an availability date, but if you're interested you can sign up to be notified from Amazon when more information becomes available. [Amazon] Thanks, Randy!
Look, we might as well just get this out of the way right now. The upcoming T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is not going to be a device for everyone by any means. The name itself gives some folks out there bad vibes but that doesn't mean the device overall doesn't deserve a fair shake. When you look at the situation -- it is still a Sidekick. But really, it is a new breed of Sidekick. It's no longer running the same OS as before and now T-Mobile has dropped Android onto it.
With that out of the way, T-Mobile has ramped up their push for the new Sidekick 4G and have since released a new video on the T-Mobile blog highlighting some of the features of the device. While it's really a run through of how Android looks, and works on the Sidekick 4G it gives us all a better look at device and how it will run.
In other Sidekick 4G news, we've also now learned that T-Mobile will be including HotSpot and broadband tethering capabilities when the Sidekick 4G hits the market. As well, the specs call for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS with 1GB of on-board storage with a 2GB microSD shipping along with it. [Phonescoop and T-Mobile]
It is always great to see successful iOS games make their way onto the Android platform, but sadly this isn't something we see every day. Guerrilla Bob, an action shooting game, brings some stunning graphics to Android, and offers some rather entertaining game play. Unlike many other applications, this game offers cross platform game play, which allows Android owners to play vs PC or iOS users if they so wish. In addition to this the game offers a Story Campaign, a Classic Survival Mode as well as a War Attack Mode, which will allow each user to find a style that is fitting for them. Guerrilla Bob has OpenFeint support, along with tons of other great features. For only $2.99 this game is certainly one you will want to check out. Game trailer to be found after the break, along with download information.
Are you still holding on to your OG Motorola Droid, and loving every second of it? As you may have noticed, if you are not rooted, and on a custom ROM, the device has recently been pushed an OTA update to FRG83G. While the update is still no Gingerbread love, it does help resolve those pesky SMS issues where it was sending your messages to the wrong people. So, if you have not already been pushed the update, be sure to check for it manually, and we hope this helps resolve any issues you may have been having! Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Now that everyone is getting settled and testing out their HTC Thunderbolts to the max, we have a whole forum full of first impressions, speed tests and pics. No better review then from users themselves. Hop on into the forums and see if the device itself, lives up to the hype it was given.
Sprint's Epic 4G, Galaxy Tab, and Samsung Transform will all be receiving OTA updates starting March 21 according to documents leaked to us by an anonymous tipster(s). The above picture was sent to us, as well as the full text by a duo of tipsters, so we're almost certain this will pan out.
The Epic 4G will be updated OTA to EC05, which is Android 2.2.1 (Froyo), and according to the docs will add Sprint ID.
The Galaxy Tab will be updated to EB28 which is also Android 2.2. This update will add Sprint ID and the ability to check usage numbers.
The Samsung Transform will also be updated to EB28 which will add Swype, upgrade the Sprint Zone to version 2.5, and provide various bug fixes in search, mobile hotspot, and Google sync issues.
These updates are all scheduled to begin Monday, and it may take up to four days to complete the rollout. Thanks to both of our tipsters!
Dell Streak 7 developer graffixnyc and his band of co-horts (check the source link to see just who to thank) have successfully built ClockworkMod recovery for the Dell Streak 7. With some help from Koush the build seems to be able to handle everything successfully except mounting the boot and recovery partitions, because Dell is using non standard partitions.
One thing to note -- read the source link carefully before attempting to install. There are currently (at the time of this writing) issues when flashing recovery from Rom Manager. The developer goes over the correct (and simple) process of flashing this manually via fastboot very well, so read his instructions. Now we can add one more reason to want the Honeycomb AOSP code. [XDA-Developers] Thanks Patrick, bogdi1988, and Josh!
Update:bogdi1988 got back in touch with us to let us know the Rom Manager issues have been sorted out, and recovery can be flashed direct. Even awesomer.
The developers at Fring have updated their video calling application to support the Motorola Atrix and the Dell Streak. The application isn't yet available in the Market, but a quick trip over the the Fring blog (source link) will give you an email address to request the updated version before it gets uploaded to the Android Market.
This creates a sticky situation with the AT&T devices -- sideloading is blocked by default. There's no need to fret though, you can use the Sideload Wonder Machine to get past that one. You'll be chatting face-to-face with friends and family in no time. [Fring] Thanks, Jeremy!
If you are looking to pick up a Wi-Fi Motorola Xoom, Staples has opened their pre-order form online, and they are showing a ship date of 3/25. While the estimated delivery dates are showing 3/28, the day after it will be available in retail locations, the good thing is that you will be guaranteed a device, and won't even have to leave your home. So, if interested in doing it all online, and not worried about having to wait an extra day, be sure to check out the Staples site. [Staples] Thanks, Danny!
When looking for new games for my device I have not only myself in mind, but also games to keep the little man busy when we get stuck somewhere unexpectedly. Hungry MonstR is a great, easy to learn game that can be used to keep you extremely entertained, whether it be for the three minute quick game, or the unlimited time mode. The idea behind the game is simple, you have to fling the monsters to the appropriate corner, which is determined by the color of the monster, and if your fingers flick the wrong way, the corner does remain blocked for a period of time.
While the concept is very simple, and there is nothing too crazy about the game, it is certainly entertaining, and is sure to provide some great entertainment. For only 99 cents in the Android market, this game is definitely one you will want to try out for yourself. Download links, and video sample available after the break.
Around here we like to give away new devices as they come out, especially highly anticipated ones. As such, we set up a forum thread not that long ago where you all could drop your name to possibly win yourself a fancy, LTE 4G packing HTC Thunderbolt. In keeping with that promise to our readers we have gone ahead and chose a winner for the device -- and that winner is:
Big congrats to Hand_O_Death for winning, and many thanks to you all who signed up for the forums. All we can really say is we're glad that Hand_O_Death has plans to give the device to his wife while he holds out for the Bionic. Something about giving a device to a guy named Hand_O_Death kind of scares us. Don't forget folks, we also have a contest for a Thunderbolt Innocase II Surface Case happening now as well. Get in while you still can.
This past weekend, 70,000 gamers gathered in Boston for one of gaming's largest conventions, PAX East. That's a whole lot of people in one place -- trust us, we were there. Among all the console games, computer games, tabletop games, LARPing, and cosplay, Android was along for the fun, too.
Android and iOS developer, Halfbrick, was there showing off Fruit Ninja HD and was even selling some pretty adorable Fruit Ninja swag. Sprint was also there, sponsoring the IGN booth. The booth was filled with booth babes rocking Samsung Epics and Galaxy Tabs. The ladies were dressed in very yellow attire (refer to pics below). NVIDIA was also there, showing off some Xoom tablet action, as well as highlighting NVIDIA's Tegra Zone.
While it was nice to see Android at PAX this weekend, we're still wondering: Where are all the good games at? Photos after the break.
Sony Ericsson has issued a press release today about the horrible disaster in Japan. They express sympathy for the people of Japan, show concern for the 1100 Sony Ericsson employees in Japan, and let us know that the situation is likely to disrupt their supply chain for components.
Northern Japan manufactures a large portion of the worlds electronic components, so this news is not unexpected. Whether other companies come forward with similar press releases or not, this will effect most manufacturers of consumer electronic goods.
It's important to remember that factories and engineering offices can be rebuilt, but the human factor is the most important issue. We here at Android Central want to express our deepest sympathy for the people of Japan, and wish the nation and it's citizens a most speedy recovery. Sony Ericsson's full, but brief, press release is after the break. [Sony Ericsson]
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