Teenagers use voice commands most often and really want to order pizza

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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

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Google Shopping Express shortens name and launches in three more cities with more retailers

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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

First official Nexus 6 press render leaked courtesy of @evleaks

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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

Skype launches new video messaging app called Skype Qik

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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.

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Verizon to launch Motorola Droid Turbo at an event on October 28th

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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

Google releases animated ads showing off the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

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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.

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