Mobile searching just got better. Google recently announced Universal Search Suggestions in mobile searches. While you're typing the search, suggestions are shown with a snippet of information on the topic. Want to know the weather? As you type, the request the information is shown as a suggestion. This also works with the Quick Search Box widget in Android so you can get that fast access to information without leaving your home screens.
Remember those days when you always needed a phone book to look up a number? First you had to find the phone book, then find the number, hope that number was the right number and so on. The developers for Android Yellow Pages remember that well, so they reinvented the phone book for us.
This simple to use App, goes right off the your GPS to help you find the searched location. There's also the option of doing a voice search. Free [Market link]
Here's the thing about this render that purportedly is of the HTC Incredible: It's probably pretty close. The shape and lines are pretty much what we've seen leaked out any number of ways. (Like this, or this, or this, or this.) But it's just a render, we don't when it was, erm, rendered (or by whom), and it's missing the ring around the trackpad that actually lets you click on things. So take it for what it is, but don't get overly excited about it. [Wikipedia via Android and Me]
Remember that update for the Motorola Cliq that was being tested a week or so ago? It's now available for all to download. No, it's not an update to Android 2.1 or anything, but there are a slew of improvements, which we'll list after the break. In the and while you're reading, get to updating, m'kay? [Motorola] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.
Google is reportedly pulling all of the Android games in the Android Market in South Korea because laws in South Korea mandate that all games, of any kind, be reviewed by the South Korea Gaming Board. To expect the South Korea Gaming Board to individually review the thousands of Android games available is a little unrealistic. The choice to remove Android games is an undesirable solution for all parties involved but it's better than having no Android Market in South Korea at all. Luckily, since Android allows you to sideload applications from third-party sources, South Korean Android users may still be able to gain access to some 4,000 games in Android Market.
South Korea definitely needs to lighten up on its policy of reviewing every game that's available in the country. Two of their country's biggest companies, Samsung and LG, have fully endorsed Android and to inadvertently limit the features of Android damages those companies. Plus, to have no games on your phone's application store in 2010? Crazy talk! [via unwiredview]
Hey, kids. You know that myTouch Slide that's all the rumor rage these days? There's a good chance that it just showed up at the FCC, sporting T-Mobile's radio bands. It's a little odd that we actually get a pic of it at this point in the game, but we're not going to be picky about that. When and for how much are still anybody's guess. [FCC via Engadget]
Sitting at home, and checking in on Foursquare as though you are somewhere else, just to claim mayorship, or to steal it from someone else? More people have been doing this than you think. So, the team at Foursquare has added a GPS fix that will not allow you to receive points, or steal mayorships if you are not actually at the location you claim to be at. While they have stated they are never going to take away the ability to check in virtually anywhere at any time, they do want to prevent people from wrongfully claiming and stealing mayorships, and earning points for checking into locations when they are sitting at home all comfy cosy. [via foursquare blog]
The Nexus One car dock has arrived, and we've mounted it in our venerable Honda Accord for a quick spin around the block, and for a few photos in the garage. (More on that in a bit.) Join us after the break as we see what all the hubbub's about, and whether the Nexus One car dock is worth the $55 you'll have to shell out for it.
Need more specs from the Verizon HTC Incredible after that teaser from the manual? We've got you covered. Nothing hugely different from what we saw before -- the processor is a Qualcomm 8650 Snapdragon at 1GHz, there's 8GB of storage space on board, the ROM's listed a little different, but WiFi 802.11n speed's still there. Anyhoo, another morsel to whet your appetite. Thanks, tipster!
We've spent a good part of the afternoon covering the announcement of the iPhone 4.0 software with our pals at TiPB, and we're feeling pretty good about the Android platform, still. No killer features were announced, just a handful of what we're calling feature completions.
Multitasking, though more like what's coming in Windows Phone 7 with saved app states and what-not.
Enhanced mail with a unified inbox, multiple Exchange accounts and threaded messages. Well, two out of three ain't bad. I can live without a unified inbox, though certainly we'd enjoy better Exchange support around these parts.
iAd mobile advertising: OK, this is kinda the biggie and goes back to Google beating out Apple for AdMob. They're making it uber-easy to develop in-app ads (they're HTML5), and Google's AdMob deal is still tied up in D.C. Look for Apple to trumpet this one for a while (i.e. take shots at Google).
So all in all, any Android killers in the mix? Not from the looks of it.
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