Before you read this, we highly recommend watching the video above. We'll give you a minute. Okay. Now how cool is that? Layar is bringing the world's first mobile augmented reality browser to Android and the potential for this kind of application is truly limitless.
To give you a brief run through (for those who didn't heed our advice): Layar uses Android's GPS, camera, and compass features to display real-time information on the world before you. Think of it as an informative looking glass for the world, you point your Android phone in a particular direction and you'll receive details galore--points-of-interests, houses for sale, ATMs, jobs, and so much more. It'll give you the information about what you want to know--distance, store hours, etc--by just pointing in the right direction. It's pretty much Google Maps on ridiculously powerful steroids
Though it's only available in the Netherlands, Layar will soon come to the UK, Germany, and yep, our own United States of America.
Does Layar's Augmented Reality Browser make you love Android even more?
If you were at all wondering what US carrier the MyTouch 3G aka the HTC Magic was going to land on and you completely missed the previousobvious hints, well then this would be news to you, the MyTouch 3G is going to be a T-Mobile device!
What IS news is that this is the first time an actual T-Mobile branded MyTouch 3G has been seen which should mean that a release is sooner rather than later. According to the cameraman, the MyTouch 3G was handed to him by a Google employee. Not sure if that's at all relevant but the 'with Google' branding confirms the MyTouch 3G as a 'Google Experience' phone.
Here's to hoping that the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G is on the fast track to releasing!
Google Maps is one of the best features of Android and thanks to the guys at Google, it just got even better. Google has issued an update to Google Maps through the Android Market and the update is quite significant.
New features include Voice Search, updated business listings, transit and walking directions, and some big improvements to Google Latitude. Voice Search is especially compelling considering the usefulness of it--say and be on your way. Voice Search will recognize English in American, Australian, and British accents so you should be covered. The updated business listings will now show store hours, prices, ratings, and reviews. The added transit and walking directions should prove plenty useful to those in big metropolitan cities where public transportation is plentiful.
Google Latitude also gets a significant update: not just bug fixes and performance enhancements, Google Latitude is getting a new experimental feature called 'Updates' that lets you communicate with your friends and post messages. Sounds like a location based, Twitter-esque service to us!
In all, this is a great update to an already powerful application. Is Google Maps on Android the most powerful Google Maps on a mobile device yet?
Verizon has a great network in the United States. However, Verizon also has perhaps the weakest product line among all US carriers. This combination often leads Verizon customers to clamor forthe next bigphone launch, hoping & wishing that it'll be for Big Red. And though they're usually disappointed, it looks like the future is much, much brighter.
According to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam:
“Over the next six months or so,” he said, “you will see devices like the Palm Pre and the Cousin on our network from Palm. You will see a second-generation [BlackBerry] Storm. You will see a new device we call the Tour from BlackBerry as well. That is an upscale of any other QWERTY-based devices that we have from BlackBerry today.”
He continued, “You’ll see Motorola back into our portfolio. We feel very good about the progress that the Motorola team has made. And, yes, you’re going to see Android devices as well.”
Once you get that Dell Android Phone rumor rolling, it just won't stop. BGR has unearthed another shot of the still rumored Dell Mobile Device and this particular picture seems even more 'out there' than the first. It still maintains the Palm Pre-esque form factor but this time the UI looks plain crazy--it definitely isn't a shot of the Android we know and love.
BGR reports that Dell is preparing multiple Android phones this year, with a 2G and 3G model both being probable. There aren't any specs but it looks like this Dell Android Phone rumor just won't go away.
The picture above is rumored to be the rumored Dell Phone. We've heard of Dell's purported interest in making a smartphone before and though we're certainly not going to confirm this blurry spy picture as the truth, it certainly looks like a great design for the first Dell Phone. Sporting a Palm Pre-esque form factor and running our favorite Android OS, if this Dell Smartphone is true, we're pretty sure it's going to be a hit.
But where are the traditional Android hardware buttons? What the heck is that big yellow circle? A lightbulb reflection? There's a lot in this picture to question but who wants this to be true?
We know those who have it, love their T-Mobile 3G and those who don't have it, just can't wait. So without further ado, here are more T-Mobile 3G cities for you guys to either celebrate in or be extremely jealous of:
Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado
Des Moines, Iowa
Salem, Oregon (unconfirmed)
Additionally, T-Mobile's 3G Network has been expanded and broadened in Denver, Colorado and the Austin/San Antonio Market. Hopefully this is good news for you guys and if you don't have T-Mobile 3G yet in your city, let us know in the comments!
If you've been tracking Android since the release of the T-Mobile G1, you may have noticed that the Android OS isn't solely designed for smartphones--netbooks and tablet devices get to enjoy the Android fun as well. And though we've been unsure of how Android will translate to netbooks, we can definitely see an easier transition being made in the tablet market. In a sense, a tablet device is just a bigger smartphone right?
So when Kinpo showed off its 7-inch Tablet at Computex, we were eager to see how it would perform. So how does it perform? Well, predictably to say the least. It's a little rough around the edges since it's just in its prototype stages but Android is all there and it runs fairly well. The Kinpo Android Tablet will have a 7 inch (800x480) WVGA display running on a Freescale processor.
Check out the video to give us your impressions! Do you guys see yourself using an Android Tablet Device?
We're always a bit wary of handwriting recognition software because with the current methods available, it just seems a bit tiresome and inefficient to actually be considered useable. However, Vision Objects is developing MyScript for Android--their take on handwriting recognition software--and from the looks of it, it seems decent enough.
Android would certainly benefit from handwriting recognition technology (just for drawing out foreign characters alone) so we're a little more excited to see this technology come to fruition. How about you guys? Do you see handwriting recognition software being useful in your usage?
The rumored specs are nice: 3 inch capacitive AMOLED screen, 3 megapixel camera, HSDPA. It obviously lacks the hardware buttons (call, end, menu, home) that Android seems to be known for, so we'll keep an eye out for more information.
What do you guys think? Is this the Samsung Bigfoot aka the T-mobile G1 v2 ?
We're not big users of iGoogle personally but we can definitely see the appeal. Google calls iGoogle on mobile devices 'info snacks': you can read the news, check the weather, glance at finance, and so on--iGoogle allows you to keep track of what's going on without having to commit a lot of time. In a sense, it's perfect for the mobile space.
So Google has just updated iGoogle for Android, optimizing it so that it's faster and easier to use, supports your favorite gadgets (flash gadgets won't work), and supports tabs. You can re-arrange the order of your gadgets and make changes wherever you see fit (it won't affect your desktop layout, so don't worry).
To try it out head to igoogle.com on your Android browser and tap 'Try the new MObile iGoogle'. Tell us what you think in the comments!
The Official Google Mobile Blog just announced some very cool new features to the Gmail Web App for Android. We'll get faster auto-completion for e-mail addresses which is semi-cool and support for keyboard shortcuts which is really cool. Though of course, we'd still use the native Gmail app in Android any day, it's good to know that we have a solid alternative in form of a web app.
Just head to gmail.com on your Android browser to access the new goodies in Gmail!
You can't help people sometimes. Sometimes, they're just resistant to change. When discussing the two HTC product chains--Android and Windows Mobile--HTC chief executive for France stated that HTC "will always have more flagship products on Windows Mobile". It's interesting that HTC said that because Android is the hot, new operating system that garners so much media attention while Windows Mobile is old, creaky and well, un-exciting (except to these guys).
We're not sure if HTC is betting on the right horse. But what can you do? If the market reacts positively to more HTC Android devices, maybe they'll change their stance. In the meantime, le sigh.
Years ago, Sony used to be one of our favorite electronics companies, they made beautiful, desirable products that seemed to be ahead of the curve. Fast forward to 2009 and Sony products always seem a little misguided, a little needless, and almost always proprietary.
So color us surprised when we heard that Sony was working on an Android-powered Walkman. Has the maker-of-all, master-of-none company finally conceded defeat? Have they finally realized software is what makes great products these days? It would seem so if they put Android on their Walkmans.
Details are expectedly vague but it makes incredible sense: no one cares about Walkmans right now, people want more Android. Plus Android is highly customizable, has a great web browser, and a slew of applications to boot.
We say it's a no brainer, what do you guys think? Is Android going to be in everything?
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