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4 years ago

Google Translate v2.5 adds image translation and more


Looks like there's a big update for the Google Translate Android app going out this morning. The big addition in the new version 2.5 is the ability to translate parts of images using your phone's rear-facing camera. This feature can be used by tapping the camera icon, tapping the screen to take a picture, then highlighting what you want to translate. It takes a little getting used to, but with a bit of practice it's pretty easy to tag certain sections for translation, which should be useful for signs and other short messages when traveling. Note, however, that you'll need at least Android 2.3 Gingerbread to use image translation.

Other changes include the ability to specify preferred dialects for speech input, instant, as-you-type translation similar to the Google Translate web interface, and improvements to the way Japanese characters are handled. Specifically, the app can now recognize multiple Japanese characters at once.

We'll definitely be taking this app with us to IFA in Berlin, Germany later this month. If you're traveling anytime soon, you'll probably want to do the same. Hit the Google Play link to grab the latest version of Google Translate.

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom 3G finally gets Ice Cream Sandwich in the UK


More than a month after the European roll-out of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich for Wifi-only Motorola Xoom tablets begun, the British 3G version of the Xoom is finally getting its ICS update. That's right -- until recently, the UK 3G Xoom was two versions behind the U.S. Wifi version, which recently got bumped up to Jelly Bean. We'll just let that sink in for a second.

In any case, ​Eurodroid​ is reporting that those who've stuck it out with the 3G Xoom for the past year or so have been rewarded with an OTA update to Android 4.0.4, and with it the knowledge that they're only one major version behind Xoom owners across the pond. If you've got a 3G Xoom, head to Settings > About tablet > Software updates and finally kiss goodbye to Honeycomb.

Now begins the wait for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though given the timing of this most recent update, we certainly wouldn't hold our breath. If you're feeling brave (and impatient), you may want to check our friendly Motorola Xoom forums for tips on rooting and flashing a Jelly Bean ROM on there manually.

Source: Eurodroid

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia GX now available in Japan on NTT Docomo


Right on schedule, Sony's new flagship smartphone, the Xperia GX, has today launched on NTT Docomo in Japan. The slim-line device is the spiritual successor to last year's Xperia Arc, and it comes with a spec list that should tantalize Android fans after a relatively tepid early 2012 showing from Sony.

The GX boasts a 4.6-inch 720p Sony HD Reality Display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera (based on Sony's new CMOS sensor for smartphones). On the software side, there's Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by Sony's UXP NXT software, and all the proprietary Sony Entertainment Network and PlayStation functionality you'd expect. Android purists will be pleased to hear that the GX sports on-screen buttons, including a dedicated multitasking key.

If you're in Japan, you can view pricing details and other info at the source link below. If not, you'll have to wait until later this month, where Sony's expected to unveil an international version of the GX at its IFA press conference in Berlin.

Source: NTT Docomo

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4 years ago

International Galaxy S3 gets OTA update with new baseband


Owners of the international Samsung Galaxy S III (S3, GT-i9300) are waking up to a new over-the-air update this morning. This tiny update weighs in at under 1MB, and comes labeled as a "stability improvement" patch. As far as we can tell, the only thing this version changes is the phone's baseband (radio firmware), bumping it up version XXLH1. The rest of the system image, where the remainder of the software is housed, doesn't seem to have been touched at all since the last OTA.

So it looks like this is just a minor OTA to address some issues with the radio firmware, which will be welcome news to S3 owners still experiencing the elusive "cell standby" battery drain issue that's been reported on forums. Though we've yet to receive confirmation that the update fixes this issue, it's the most likely reason for a quick radio update like this. We should also mention that local search is alive and well in this version, after it was restored a few weeks back.

If you're rocking an unlocked international Galaxy S3, you'll probably have already received the notification for this update. If not, head to Settings > About device > Software updates on the phone, or fire up Samsung's Kies desktop software to grab the new OTA. Carrier-branded phones may have a little longer to wait before they get this latest update.

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4 years ago

Android 4.1 for the T-Mobile G1 probably won't be your daily driver...


... But damned if it isn't cool to see the original Android phone from late 2008 getting some custom Jelly Bean love. Yes, it's slow (sloooow), unstable, and the hardware's prehistoric, but it's Jelly Bean -- based on a port of CyanogenMod 10 -- and it's running on the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream). See the full preview video from the developers above, or check the forum thread linked below if you fancy firing up your G1 for old time's sake and flashing this custom ROM.

Source: XDA

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4 years ago

Cablevision Optimum TV streaming app now available on the Kindle Fire


If you current needs for streaming content on the Kindle Fire are not really working out there is a new option out there if you're a Cablevision subscriber. Cablevision has now released a revised Optimum app for the Kindle Fire. This app differs from the one currently available in the Google Play Store that simply allows you to control your DVR and browse listings. The new app has a whole new set of features built into it that will make those stuck with the Google Play version a bit jealous:

  • Live TV and On Demand – customers can experience the channels they receive as part of their home cable television service, live, when connected to their home network, as well as all the On Demand programming that is part of their monthly service.
  • Enhanced User Interface and Channel Guide – customers can review and search through program listings, filter listings across a variety of categories and then choose to watch on the Kindle Fire or use the device to control conventional television sets in the house.
  • DVR Management – customers can use the Optimum App to manage previously-recorded DVR content, or schedule new recordings.
  • Program Ratings and Recommendations – customers can use the app to rate programs they are watching, and receive viewing recommendations that become more accurate based on previous ratings.
  • Parental Controls, Closed Captioning and other options in settings.

Yep, direct streaming of shows and movies over Wi-Fi is offered on the Kindle Fire version. The press release which can be found below makes no mention of an update coming to the Google Play version so alas, Kindle Fire and iOS users are the only ones who get in on this action. Hopefully though, Cablevision will roll out an update to bring all their apps on the same level.

Source: Cablevision, Download: Amazon

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4 years ago

Ouya's Kickstarter campaign ends tonight - did you pledge?


Update: As of 9:20 p.m. EDT, they've passed $8.3 million. Insane.

Tonight's the night, folks. Ouya's record-breaking Kickstarter campaign comes to a close, and then begins the wait for what may prove to be one of the most highly anticipated gaming consoles the world has ever known.

Wait. We're getting a little ahead of ourselves here. (Then again, that's kind of the the point.) Ouya, if you haven't heard, is a proposed Android-based gaming console. The idea is to make it easy for developers to get their game into gamers' hands, and to make it easy for gamers to play. To that end, OnLive is on board. As is VEVO. And XBMC. TuneIn Radio. iHeartRadio. If this thing doesn't take off, it won't be for a lack of backers.

And tonight, it all comes to a head. Oyua has nearly 59,000 kickstarter backers for $7.96 million in pledges, as of this backing. Will it break $8 million by 1 a.m. EDT? We'll find out.

And full disclosure: Android Central is one of those nearly 59,000 backers, despite there not actually being a physical product to purchase. So we're going to take this ride together.

Did you back Ouya? Hit the poll below and let us know.

Source: Ouya on Kickstarter

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4 years ago

Gamepad controllers, Viewing images from the S3 on PC [From the Forums]


Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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4 years ago

Vodafone Australia finally rolls out Jelly Bean on its Nexus S


You might remember that Vodafone Australia halted the roll-out of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to its version of the Nexus S last month, following regulatory concerns over the handling of emergency calls. Well, it now seems everything's been straightened out, as according to Ausdroid, Aussies are waking up on Thursday morning to a brand new Vodafone Nexus S OTA.

In addition, customers on the Vodafone-based Crazy Johns network (yes, that's a real carrier name down under) are reporting that their Nexii are also seeing the update to Jelly Bean.

It's bound to have been a frustrating few weeks for subscribers on these networks, as U.S. and international Nexus S phones started to receive Jelly Bean way back on July 19. But it seems the wait is over now, so if you're on Vodafone Australia, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to see if it's your turn to grab the OTA.

Source: Ausdroid

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4 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon Q release rumored for Aug. 19


Sprint fans eager to try out the Motorola Photon Q's potent mix of 4G LTE connectivity, a dual-core CPU and a QWERTY slider may be able to pick up the device sooner than expected. Reports from PhoneDog​, which cites sources at the carrier, suggest that Sprint currently plans to launch the Photon Q next Sunday, Aug. 19. As ever, that doesn't necessarily mean the date is set in stone.

The claims follow earlier reports that Sprint staff had begun training with the new Photon -- usually a sure-fire sign that release day is fast approaching. Officially, though, Sprint and Motorola are still offering no firm release window for the Photon Q. Last we heard was from the announcement press release, which said the phone would be "coming soon."

In addition to a full physical keyboard, a dual-core CPU and support for Sprint's shiny new LTE network, the Photon Q offers Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, an 8MP rear camera and a qHD "ColorBoost" display. All in all, that probably makes it the highest-spec'd QWERTY slider around.

Tempted by Sprint and Moto's latest offering? Shout out in the comments if you're planning on picking one up.

Source: PhoneDog

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Vu with Ice Cream Sandwich hands-on


Oh Optimus Vu, what an odd little device you are. Developed as a less than subtle knee-jerk reaction to Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the Vu went on sale in Korea earlier this year, and it’ll soon be making its way to Japan on NTT Docomo, too. Stateside, a Verizon launch is rumored, though far from certain. Shaped more like a placemat than a telephone, the Optimus Vu is one of the most outlandish-looking devices to have ever passed across our desk.

In any case, this is LG’s 5-inch, stylus-using, 4:3 aspect ratio squarish slab. It ran Android 2.3 at launch, but it’s recently received a substantial update to version 4.0 and the new LG Optimus UI 3.0, and that's what we're looking at here today. For LG phones like the Vu, ICS provides not only performance improvements and new features, also a much needed visual refresh.

We'll bring you a full review of the Optimus Vu with ICS soon. In the meantime check out our video walkthrough above.

More: LG Optimus Vu non-unboxing unboxing

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4 years ago

Stitcher Radio updated with Facebook timeline integration


A little while back, Stitcher Radio updated their iOS app with some new features and now they've finally arrived on Android as well. Many folks use Facebook each day and often spend a lot of time sharing music, podcasts and more with their friends. Given that Stitcher Radio is a great resource for such things, they've now added Facebook timeline integration to their app that makes use of Facebook login.

Now, you'll be able to share your stuff directly as well view what others are listening to and sharing with you. In addition that all of that, Stitcher was mindful to add in privacy controls along with usage data. You can view your listening habits through a full social graph. Now, just be sure to tell everyone when you're tuned into the Android Central podcast!

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4 years ago

Gallery Lock review - where to hide pictures on your Android device


Do you have pictures on your phone that you don’t want just anybody to see? Don’t answer that, just plead the fifth. Gallery Lock is a free, secure app to hide your personal pictures from prying eyes. Tucked away behind a the phone dialler is a secret gallery that isn’t viewable from other spots on an Android device.

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4 years ago

Contest Winners: Samsung Galaxy S3 accessories and Tablified Market HD!


If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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4 years ago

NoiseHush NX26 Stereo headset review


Sometimes you want to relax and pump up the tunes and still be able to take a phone call on your Galaxy S3 or other Android phone.


NoiseHush makes all kinds of headsets, car kits, Bluetooth accessories and more. The NX26 is a full size over-the-ear stereo headphone that also fields your phone calls and lets you control your music like many smaller headsets.

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