Once Google launched its newly revamped Google Voice Search on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, we were bound to see many people pitting it against Apple’s Siri to see how it fares against the competition. It is also important to note that Google’s Voice Search software isn’t interactive much like Siri’s. Meaning you won’t be able to hold simple conversations with it like the ones you see on Apple’s Siri commercials. I have always thought that part of Siri is just a gimmick and a way to market the software and entice customers to buy the iPhone. After all, the reason we would use a voice activated assistant program is to get as much information and as quickly as possible, right? That’s exactly what Google’s New Voice Search program does exceptionally well, even more so than Siri.
The video below provides various tests that were handed out to both Google Search and Siri, and each time Google Search came out on top in speed and detail. There were even some instances where Siri could not pull up the information whereas Google’s Search did it with ease. Google’s Voice Search not only provides a direct response, it also completes a web search every time a question is asked. You simply scroll down to see the results of the web search. Considering Google is the worlds most used and largest search engine, who wouldn’t want their question automatically searched every time? That’s something that Siri doesn’t offer and I feel that gives Google Search a big leg up in the battle. By no means is Siri a bad program, it’s still great at what it does. I just feel that Google Voice Search is a vastly superior product, and when paired with Google Now, Siri just doesn’t stand a chance. Jump past the break to see the two in a head to head competition. » Read the rest
It’s clear that Google is really pushing hard to make their Nexus 7 tablet a success with consumers. To help with that, the guys over at Google have created a manual for your shiny new Nexus 7, and it’s available in the Google Play Books Store. It covers several areas such as Google Now and how to use the all new notification system in Jelly Bean. It’s free and worth a good quick read if you want to be a little more familiar with your new tablet. Hit up one of download links below and let us know if you found it informational!
To no surprise, the Google Nexus 7 tablet has already made a huge splash just two days after its announcement. Hugo Barra, the director of product management for Android, has told the media that pre-order sales are “big.” While he wouldn’t give out specific numbers, he did have a confident smirk as he is obviously quite thrilled with the quick success of the tablet.
At this price set, I had no doubts that the Nexus 7 would do well. Have any of you guys pre-ordered one yet? If you have any doubts about purchasing this tablet, hit up our un-boxing of the Nexus 7!
Google has made it clear during their I/O Keynote that they are all in on Google+ and are really trying hard to push it to consumers. They’ve shown the possibilities and features that Google+ can offer that no other social media network can. The biggest problem Google had was that there was no option for third party applications to integrate with Google+ such as what Facebook and Twitter have. Google has made that one step closer to reality today with the announcement of the upcoming Google+ API for Android and iOS. Supported out-of-the-box are Google+ sign-in, a share plug-in to share your app content to the G+ stream, +1 button integration, Google+ history functions, and a personalization feature, which will allow developers to pull in public G+ content and use it in their app. This is a huge step for Google+ as this can really help to bring more users.
I truly feel that Google+ has so much potential, even the potential to overcome Facebook in the future. Google+ has the tools and features to become a social media giant if it’s given enough time and the right marketing. Any of our readers starting to use Google+ over Facebook? Or is Facebook just too hard to stop using considering everyone uses it? Let us know!
LG’s somewhat answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note may very well be headed to Verizon touting an LTE radio. The LGVS950 passed through the FCC, and we are confident that this may very well be the LG Optimus Vu. While the documents don’t specifically mention the Vu name or the phone’s 5-inch display, the diagram (seen above) of the LG VS950 shows the exact same speaker grill setup on the lower left as well as the SIM flap on the upper right. The VS950 sports NFC and offers LTE band 13 and GSM 850/1900. The phone has already received Bluetooth Certification, which means it should be in its final stages of testing.
We’ve previously reported that the Samsung Galaxy S III uses a special MHL/HDMI adapter and you would not be able to use the last-generation MHL to HDMI adapter cables because of hardware changes. Samsung has come forward with a great solution as they have built a 5-pin to 11-pin adapter that allows the old cable to work with the new phone. They also gave a reason as to why the change was made:
Samsung Galaxy S® III uses an 11-pin micro USB input, which allows it to support MHL output and USB on-the-go input simultaneously – an improvement over 5-pin capability. This means that customers can take advantage of new functions for accessories that are not supported by a 5-pin micro USB connector, allowing a deeper convergence between the Galaxy S III smartphone and a HDTV.
To ease this transition and to allow for greater innovation with Samsung accessories, Samsung Mobile will offer a 5-pin to 11-pin MHL Cable Adapter that will allow the original Samsung HDTV Smart Adapter to function properly with U.S. models of the Galaxy S III, as well as future Samsung premium smartphones. In addition, Samsung is offering consumers the ability to purchase the new adapter separately, or to bundle it with the original HDTV Smart Adapter. Our goal in offering these MHL adapter solutions is to provide consumers with the newest accessory technology while ensuring the highest level of device compatibility.
If you have already seen Google’s keynote on this years Google IO 2012, then you are well aware of the grand entrance Google provided on one of their latest and most compelling projects, Google Glasses. Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, introduced Google Glasses to us with a bang by using multiple skydivers, BMX bicyclists, and wall repellers to give a small preview of what Google Glasses is capable of. After the introduction, Brin informed us that the product will be available early next year to Google IO 2012 attendees via pre-order for a hefty price of $1500.
Google really wants to get these prototypes out to developers so that they can get as much user feedback as possible in time for a world-wide consumer release by the year 2014. Brin wants to take this project to the next level and has a much larger vision on what these Glasses will be capable of doing by the time they’re ready for mass release. I truly feel the demo Google showed us on this years I/O is just the tip of the iceberg on what Google Glasses could ultimately become.
What do you all think about this project Google has been working on now for over 2 years? Do you think they’re wasting their time with this or do you feel like this could really be something that an every day average person could use? Let us know in the comments section! You can also hit up the source link for a quick video on Google Glasses.
We’ve previously reported about the various rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 floating around. Today, an exclusive tip that was given to GSM Arena has the Note 2 confirmed to have a 5.5″ Super AMOLED screen with the phones design taking a kin to the Samsung Galaxy S III. Interestingly enough, even though the screen is slightly larger than the predecessor, the width and the form factor of the Note 2 will actually be slimmer than the first one. That’s definitely good news to hear and I’m eager to see the first pictures of it in the wild sometime in the near future.
According to the source, Samsung has also decided to move the release date of the Note 2 to September, rather than the original rumor of October. The main reason I can see them doing this is to get this bad boy out before the release of the iPhone 5. Samsung hopes to take away some thunder of Apple’s next juggernaut. The rest of the phones specifications are still rumored to be an 8MP camera with an improved sensor, as well as 2 GB of RAM, along with a new Exynos 5250 chipset, featuring a dual-core ARM-15 processor.
Any readers out there even more excited about the Note’s successor?
The HTC One X has gotten itself an SDK port of Google’s Jelly Bean firmware thanks to the XDA developer by the name of tgascoigne. At this point it’s nothing you can use as a daily driver, but serves as a great way to get yourself a nibble of Jelly Bean if you’re a One X user. Many things don’t work such as the camera, WiFi, audio, and much more. The developer has stated that he’s already working with the actual Galaxy Nexus OTA of Jelly Bean ported to the One X. If he’s able to get that working that build should be far more superior than the current SDK build. If you don’t mind your phone pretty much unusable but still want to give Jelly Bean a shot, then head on over to the XDA thread and flash away. Of course, needless to say, your One X will have to be rooted and the boot-loader unlocked in order to flash the ROM. You can also watch the video at the bottom to see this port in action.
Today, T-Mobile USA and Assurant Solutions announced the availability of a new mobile device protection program for T-Mobile customers in the United States. The program, called Monthly4G Handset Protection (MHP), includes coverage for accidental damage, water damage, loss, theft, and mechanical or electrical malfunction after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. According to T-Mobile’s VP of marketing Mike Katz:
“There has been increased consumer demand for no-annual contract wireless plans and our Monthly4G plans are being adopted in record numbers -– with our prepaid business doubling over the past year.We want to provide these customers with security and protection options like we do our postpaid customers and are happy to launch MHP with Assurant Solutions. They have tremendous expertise in developing mobile protection solutions for global carriers, and we are confident that this program will add significant value to the T-Mobile customer experience.”
Any of our T-Mobile users out there interested in this new handset protection? You can learn more about Assurant Solutions in the press release after the break.