Teenagers use voice commands a lot and they really want to order pizza. That is just some of what Google found from its Mobile Voice Study. Google looked at 1,400 smartphone users and how they use voice commands from Google Search, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana. Teenagers (ages 13-18) use voice commands every day while adults are more inclined to “feel tech savvy” because of it.
Here are some notes from the Mobile Voice Study:
- 55% of teenagers in the United States use voice commands every day
- 45% of adults feel geeky when using voice commands
- 89% of teenagers and 85% of adults believe that voice commands will be “very common” in the future
- 22% of teenagers use voice commands in the bathroom
- 45% of teenagers selected “send me pizza” when told to “pick one thing you wish you could ask your phone to do for you”
- Northeasterners are the most active group to use voice commands — 50% use it at least once per day
Motorola has not released a tablet in more than four years. In October 2011, it was the Xyboard that hit the market to represent what the company could do with tablets. Pretty soon, though, Motorola will return to the tablet market (just like HTC). Lenovo just needs to finish the acquisition process which is expected to happen by the end of this year.
Today Google announced that Google Express (formerly known as Google Shopping Express) has launced in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. bringing a ton of new retailers with it. For those unfamiliar with the service, it is a same-day delivery service that lets you order from multiple local retailers and have the products delivered by Google themselves. The service does not mark-up any of the products but does require a membership fee of $95/year or $10/month. There is also a $4.99 per-order pay-as-you-go option, and a three-month trial for new users. Read more
While the Nexus 6 has been caught in the wild, rendered by eager journalists, and shown dwarfing the LG G3 in size, famed leaker @evleaks has temporarily come out of retirement to bring us the first press render of the Nexus 6 from Motorola themselves. It looks exactly as we’ve heard it described in the past, which isn’t a disappointment by any means, the Nexus 6 is shaping up to be an excellent device both in specs and design. Read more
Do you remember video streaming service called Qik? Well Skype acquired them a few years ago and closed down the app, but it’s back in a new format. It’s called Skype Qik, and it’s all about video messaging. Basically, it’s just like texting, but with video instead.
You can set up a group of friends and quickly and easily send short videos. If you ever want to delete a video, you can, but the app will automatically delete content after two weeks.
Just a few days ago, Verizon “accidentally” tweeted an image of the upcoming Motorola Droid Turbo, and then quickly pulled that image. It wasn’t the first time the Turbo had leaked, with a user manual making the rounds earlier in the week. Today we have the final piece of the puzzle as Verizon has put a countdown clock on their site, redirected from DroidDoes.com. The countdown shows a phone identical to what we’ve already seen and ends on October 28th, the same day as an upcoming Verizon event (the flyer for which features the same image as the countdown clock), so it is safe to assume that the Turbo will launch that day. Read more
It seems like just about every day there is some sort of hack involving an online service. Today’s hack is from Dropbox.
A user posted files on Reddit that contained a bunch of usernames and passwords for Dropbox accounts. The poster said there were close to 7,000,000 more, but asked for Bitcoin donations to reveal them.
If you happened to watch last night’s Walking Dead episode online, you might have noticed a few new ads from Google. Yup, they quietly released these because they like having fun with us.
There are three 30 second ads in all with the first one revealing the Nexus 6 with Android L navigation buttons and a new ringtone, while the second one shows the Nexus 9. You will also notice the “Be Together, Not The Same” theme here implying that the Nexus 6 is very big and might not be for everyone. The third ad continues this theme, but doesn’t reveal any of the devices.
For those of you that have splurged on a brilliant 4K television and are looking to stream some crisp 4K video recorded from your Note 4, you’re in luck! Read more
As from today, residents in the United States can buy a Moto 360 wireless Qi charger from either Best Buy’s online portal or from any of its 600 nationwide bricks-and-mortar stores.