Google Goggles Gets An Update With Even Better Photo Recognition

Google’s Goggles has just been updated to version 1.6 and adds a feature to analyze pictures taken with the default camera app. By turning this feature on within Goggles, you’ll receive a notification when Goggle’s finds information on the picture you’ve just taken.  Of course, in order to do this, your picture is uploaded to Google’s servers to be analyzed. If you want to check this out for yourself you can grab it here or from the QR code below. Anyone rocking the Goggles?

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HTCDev unlock tool now supports the HTC Flyer

As promised, HTC is keeping true to their word by adding more devices to their unlockable boot loader list over at Recently the HTC Flyer was the latest to join the list. If you are wanting to unlock your Flyer be sure to check its compatibility before you do. Currently only the WiFi and 3G models are supported. and they must have the latest updates. Keep checking the list if you’re an Evo View 4G owner because it’s likely that all renditions of the Flyer will soon be supported.

We have said it many times before but I will remind you again, unlock your bootloader at your own risk!  Although the process is endorsed by HTC, they have this to say about the process. “It is our responsibility to caution you that not all claims resulting or caused by or from the unlocking of the bootloader may be covered under warranty.” We know it is fun to install custom firmware but please be sure to have some form of Android software knowledge. Hit the source link below for the full low-down.

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Make Free WiFi Calls From Android Phone Or Tablet With Groove IP

The quest for making free calls over WiFi with an Android device is not a new topic, but if you’ve gone down this road you’re probably familiar with apps like sipdroid or csipsimple. If those two names are familiar then you also know you had to deal with Google Voice Callback, pbxes, or SIP accounts and possibly some other forwarding trickery to get the app to work. It’s possible that you’ve even tried to set these apps up and failed after not understanding exactly what needed to be done. Enter GrooVe IP, where all you need is a Google Voice account to get started. If you like simple and something that just “works” and works well, hit up the break for more.

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LG Optimus S to get Gingerbread update

The wait will soon be over for LG Optimus S owners who have been waiting for a little Gingerbread love. The Optimus S is scheduled to receive Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) via an update that is being released in stages over the next 10 days. The official version number of the software is LS670ZVH and it brings the following enhancements/fixes to your Optimus S:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Volume adjustment from handset when backlight is off and in a Bluetooth call
  • Initiation of a 3-way call in certain markets
  • Updated color scheme (includes darker notification bar and black-based menus)  
  • New on-screen keyboard (supports multi-touch input and a smart auto-correction function)
  • Improved cut-paste functionality
  • New integrated download application for ease in accessing downloaded files
  • Updated camera application
  • Power management and task killer applications

It is unknown if you will have the option to manually update your phone, or when that choice may be available. Keep checking back as we will continue to post information on the update as we receive it!

[via sprint]

Bound to be a bloody good time – Gangstar Rio: City of Saints game (Video)

What’s up all you gangstas, gangsta wanna-be’s and anybody else who likes a good ol’ drive around and shoot em’ up type of game. We here at TalkAndroid have some fun news for you today!

Gameloft, the Über popular creator of OS games like N.O.V.A and the Let’s Golf! series has announced a new game called Gangstar Rio: City of Saints. By the looks of the Trailer it seems to be very similar to Grand Theft Auto and is sure to be a decent play. Although there is no release date in the video, this should be enough to get you pumped up for when it does eventually come out. Keep in tuned to this channel because you will be the first to know when we have any more details.

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[Leak] HTC Bliss Specs Confirm ‘Charm Indicator’

The HTC Bliss, an Android device aimed at attracting female users, has now finally begun to show a little leg after months of playing hard to get. A full spec list has been leaked for the version that will be launched in Europe and it does include the widely rumored “charm indicator” meant to light up whereby making you aware of incoming notifications in a subtle, yet stylish way – I suppose.

Other confirmed features include its 3.7-inch Super LCD display (800 x 480 resolution), Tri-band 14.4Mbps HSPA, 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera, 720p HD camcorder, VGA Color CMOS front cam for video chat and Bluetooth 3.0.

Hit the break to view a gallery of all the leaked specifications courtesy of ThisIsMyNext.

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Video preview of Sony Walkman Z

Earlier today we brought you news on the new Android Gingerbread powered handheld music player, the Sony Walkman Z, and now we have a video preview showing it off. Sony decided to go with a completely different UI, specifically designed for this device. It appears to be very smooth and is visually appealing. A “W” button on the side allows you to change songs without taking it out of your pocket.

It is not clear what kind of “Android experience” these devices will have as far as homescreens and widgets, but the Android Market is included as well as a browser. It will launch in Japan on December 10th and you will have your choice of black or red. Pricing will be ¥28,000 ($364), ¥33,000 ($429), and ¥43,000 ($559), in respect to your choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.

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New Sprint App Disables Teen’s Phones While Driving

Sprint has come up with an app to take preventing cell phone usage while driving to a whole new level. The app is called Drive First and is being marketed to parents to prevent their kids from cell phone usage while driving. Available for all Android devices on Sprint, their app will lock down the phone after detecting when a car is moving more than 10 mph. Not only is it locked down from use, but incoming calls are forwarded directly to voicemail, texts are answered with an automated message that the user is driving, and silences all incoming alerts. Once the app sees no movement, taking into account stop-and-go traffic, the phone will become unlocked again. The owner of the Drive First account does however have the ability to grant the user access to navigation, music, or weather. Seems like a cool concept to me and the app will cost you $2 a month after the 15 day free trial is over. The link to check this app out is right here and be sure to check out the full press release after the break. What are you’re thoughts on this one? Cool concept or something that can be easily hacked by a teen?

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FM Radio App For Droid Bionic, Courtesy of XDA

If you’re a Droid Bionic owner that’s feeling a little disappointed now that you’ve noticed your coveted new device lacks a preinstalled FM radio app, fret no more, XDA forums is confirming a very simple solution. Just download the non-market .apk file included below and install accordingly. This is the same version that is presently working with the Droid3 and most all other Motorola smartphones.

Download: FMRadio.apk

Note: I find it’s easiest to download the file to the device and then click on it from the notification bar to enable the installation. Also, don’t forget to allow non-market apps in your settings.

[via xda]

App piracy is taking money away from Android developers (Study)

According to Yankee Group’s 2011 US Consumer Survey, Android app piracy is a major concern among developers. The study suggests that users across both Apple and Android platforms download on average, 40 apps per year but Android developers aren’t getting their fair share of the money. The survey included 75 Android developers and suggests Piracy to be an ongoing problem.

Findings from the survey:

  • Piracy is a problem for Android Among the Android developers surveyed, 27 percent see piracy as a huge problem and another 26 percent see it as somewhat of a problem.
  • Google isn’t helping. Fifty-three percent of developer respondents say Google is too lax in its Android Market policies.
  • Piracy hurts developers’ top and bottom lines. About a third of developers say piracy has cost them in excess of $10,000 in revenue. Additionally, 32 percent say it increases their support costs, while another quarter say they see increased server costs due to heavy loads imposed by pirated copies.

Yankee Group director, Carl Howe, and author of “Android Piracy: How Republished Apps Steal Revenue and Increase Costs”, had this to say about the findings. “Android apps are living in the Wild West without a sheriff. With five other major mobile OSs competing for consumer dollars, Google can’t afford to simply let pirates kill app developers’ businesses. They need to foster some law and order or developers will flee to other platforms and Android will lose customers.”

Let’s show our developers that we’re here to stay. Head to our apps database and spread some cheddar.

[via marketwatch]