Motorola has released a series of videos using several of its devices to take on iPhone’s Siri application. And though Siri might be amusing to talk to at times, Moto is touting that the voice actions on several of their devices takes the title. Check out the video demos below of the Atrix 2, Photon 4G and Moto Electrify as they go toe to toe with Siri. Voice actions included sending text messages, asking for driving directions and loading up specific web pages. The Motorola devices beat the iPhone out every time. But hey, if you want to know if there is life on other planets, we’re sure Siri will offer up something entertaining.
One problem that is prevalent with existing video call technology is its rigid functionality. You can either video call, or voice call. If, for some reason, your call requires a changeover to video, you would then have to end the call and start a new one as video. Well it seems that LG has figured out a pretty nifty solution, and it’s showing it off at MWC 2012.
The same technology that allows you to record and upload video simultaneously [via an LTE connection] is being utilized to allow seamless transition from voice to video, without the inconvenience of having to sever the connection. This is actually really cool, and I predict will be adopted by the mobile industry in a fairly quick manner, especially since the technology complies with industry standards. This voice-to-video technology is expected to be seen on LG smartphones sometime later in the year. Full press release after the break.
We know, we know! After reading that title you’re saying to yourself, “damn man, Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t even rolled out yet to more than a handful of devices!” We hear ya. I’m all for upgrades, updates and better OS’s don’t get me wrong. However, this isn’t helping the fragmentation issue one bit. Google, if you’re reading this, slow the heck down. One can only assume that the new OS is most likely a minor one and not as drastic of a change as ICS was from Gingerbread. That being said, Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering for mobile devices at Google made a comment during an interview with Computerworld at MWC that noted the new version could be rolling out to devices by early fall.
“After Android 4 comes 5, and we haven’t announced the timing yet, which we’re still sorting out,” Lockheimer said. “There’s a lot of engineering work behind it still, and there’s also just the question of how to time it.“
“In general, the Android release cadence is one major release a year with some maintenance releases that are substantial still.”
So, makes sense since Android 4.0 was released last Nov. However, Lockheimer adds:
“Having said that, we’re flexible. The [timing of releases] is not what drives us, but what does is innovation and offering users a great experience.”
So, there’s really no telling when the official announcement and/or roll-out will be. In addition, there was no solid confirmation that the name of the new OS would indeed be Jelly Bean. For now, we’ll have to give Android 4.0 some breathing room as it’s still a hit and success among developers and users alike. Stay tuned as we dig for the soup on all the details regarding the next iteration in the alphabetical sweets release. And feel free to offer some suggestions of your own as to what will follow suit.
The Samsung Rugby Smart will debut on AT&T this Sunday, March 4 for $99, and let me tell you that this is a really nice phone for the money. It’s priced at $99 and is built to military specifications (mil-std 810f). This means it should be able to handle just about anything including being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes, dust, sand, or extreme weather conditions.
It features a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED display, 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD for up to an additional 32GB, 5MP rear camera with LED flash (capable of recording at 720p), 1.3MP front-facing camera, 1650mAh battery, and Android 2.3.6. It’s not the thinnest phone in the world, at 12.19mm, but it has a really nice design. In fact, this might be my favorite Samsung phone to date as far as design goes. The rubberized edges remind me of the DROID X, and it’s not glossy or slippery like most other phones.
Our own Stacy Bruce will do a full review soon, but for now, check out my quick hands on. It’s not everyday that I get to throw sand and water on a review unit so I had a lot of fun with this one..
Back in October we told you about the Samsung mobile messaging service ChatON being available in the Android Market months after its initial announcement. Looking to take on Blackberry Messenger and the iOS Messages this app allowed you to send messages to anyone regardless of device. Today that functionality has increased even further as Samsung has now opened up the ChatON web interface for everyone. Meaning you will now be able to send messages to anyone on their Android or iOS device via your computer web browser.
Similar to its app counterpart ChatON for web will allow you to have group chats and 1:1 conversations with attachment and emoticon support. Much like the app you will need to input your same phone number, should you want to sync your existing ChatON contacts from your device. The web version does require users to install a ChatON app to your device first so that you can receive a verification code for the program.
Hit the link below to head on over to the web client and start chatting with your ChatON buddies today. Enjoy!
Samsung ChatON – Link
source: All About Samsung (German)
What do you get when you combine an Automaker giant with an Android manufacturer giant? You get a big time collaboration of course. Toyota and Samsung have launched the Samsung Mobile Car Application which will connect Samsung smartphones to Toyota’s In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system. The collaboration is expected to add “enhanced connectivity, multimedia capabilities and internet services.”
Keep in mind that while Sammy and Toyota have announced the collaboration, there are no further details except that we do know we will see the first products sometime around Q2 of this year. Hit the break to see the full press release.
In case you didn’t know, the Android booth at this years Mobile World Congress is the place to be. They have a slide, tasty refreshments, a comfy lounge and a plethora of Android devices on display and its gotta be the coolest thing at the show by far. For those of you who couldn’t make it to Barcelona this year, you can still get a piece of the action as Google recently released the Android MWC app in the Android Market. Now you too can stay up to date on what’s going on at this years booth without actually being there, and for the folks who are there you can use the app as an ongoing checklist for those awesome Android pins you are hoarding and also a way to take picture notes.
Some of the other great features included in the app are:
-Booth & partner maps
-Information on partners featured at the booth
-Google Mobile apps featured at MWC
-Android Pin checklist
You guys really need to check this out! There are some great pictures and videos and also some info on all the neat things Google has on display at this years show. Jump past the break for download links and get in the action!
With the Samsung Galaxy Note now available worldwide, Samsung is looking to get more developers on board. We already covered some really cool apps, but as cool as they are, it’s only the tip of the iceberg because the possibilities with the Galaxy Note are endless. Basically, Samsung delivered the coolest phone in the land, but it’s the developer community that will make the Note extra special.
Samsung is kicking off the Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge to entice developers to come up with some really innovative stuff. It actually kicks off today and will run through April 2. Over $200,000 in prizes will be given out with the grand prize being $100,000 cash. Samsung will even host a S Pen SDK training webinar to help you get started.
We’re not sure where Samsung thinks they’re not doing very well in the tablet market, because I think their products are some of the most innovative out there. Maybe if Apple would stop suing them for 5 seconds they’d recognize they’re doing just fine. While we don’t have any numbers to determine just how well or how poorly they’re doing in the tablet space, we do have a cool hands-on of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which in essence is a Galaxy Tab with better stylus functionality. In any event, we say keep ‘em coming Sammy. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below. Personally, I live a life where functionality and productivity are a daily necessity. So the thought of having integrated stylus functionality is a plus.
The world’s thinnest LTE tablet is going to land on Verizon Wireless this Thursday March 1. At only 7.9mm thick, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE features a 7.7-inch (1280 x 800) Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 3.2MP rear camera capable of recording video at 720p, 2MP front facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, 1080p video playback through the HDMI dock or adapter, and microSD for up to an additional 32GB of extra storage. It’s also approved for Enterprise SAFE™, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb is on board. Pricing will be $499 with a new 2-year contract.
Full press release after the break: