With the launch of a new fiber network in Kansas City today, Google also announced the availability of Fiber TV. Google thinks it is an entirely new way to experience TV, promising users, “You don’t have to settle for old-time television anymore.” In reality, it sounds like a supercharged version (in a good way) of the venerable cable box. Fiber TV is a combination of apps, services, and the set top box that provides access to television shows and the ability to record up to 500 hours of TV and eight shows at once.
Google just introduced “Handwrite” which is another way for you to enter search terms. You already have the ability to use your keyboard and voice, but now you can write it with your finger.
I just tried it and it works very well. It even supports 27 different languages. Hit the break for instructions and a demo video
You may have been experiencing issues with Google Talk this morning and that’s because Google had a “service outage.” Google explained this morning that they knew about the issue and were working as hard as they could to provide a fix:
“We’re aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 7:50 AM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.”
Recently Samsung rolled out an update for international versions of the Galaxy S III. This update quietly removed the local search function, but as of today Samsung confirmed that it accidentally removed that function. I don’t understand how you could accidentally remove such a large feature. This makes me curious if this accident had anything to deal with the recent injunctions between Apple and Samsung. On the other side of things, it almost does sound like a mistake as a spokeswoman from Samsung told Tech Radar:
A lot of information is coming out as we lead up to next week’s case involving Samsung and Apple. Yesterday we showed you some excerpts from Samsung’s trial brief that say they were working on their designs before the iPhone was even introduced and that Apple would not have sold a single iPhone if it weren’t for Samsung patents.
Today brings more news, but this time it’s from Apple’s trial brief. Apple says that Google warned Samsung that their products looked very similar to Apple’s. Hit the break for more details.
Motorola just officially announced the Photon Q 4G LTE for Sprint, but didn’t offer a release date. This one will be similar but better than the DROID 4 on Verizon Wireless. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard looks to be the same as the DROID 4, but the specs are beefed up a little. For starters, it will most likely have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core clocked at 1.5GHz, and the display will feature their new ColorBoost technology. Let’s also not forget that the Photon Q will also have Ice Cream Sandwich on board and will come with the same UI that’s found on the Atrix HD. This will also be Motorola’s first LTE phone for Sprint.
- 4.3-inch ColorBoost display (assuming qHD – 960 x 540)
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (assuming the Snapdragon S4)
- 1GB of RAM
- 8MP rear camera with 1080p video capture
- Front-facing HD camera
- micro HDMI with mirroring
- Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all, in a single download
They said they would announce pricing and availability within the next few weeks so stay tuned.
Full press release after the break:
The Pocket TV we reported on last month that could bring Android to a HDMI-enabled TV and monitor now has a competitor priced at only $48. The CX-O1 will bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to those HDMI-enabled devices in the size of a USB stick. With it only being $48, I can imagine that this would be a great accessory to keep around.
Well it’s about time HTC. The kernel source for the AT&T One X was just released so developers can now use it in their custom ROMs for better stability. Right now most of you don’t have to do anything unless you’re a developer. If you aren’t, sit back and relax as the developers get to work to make things a lot smoother for you.
While Sony has been quietly at work developing devices like the LT29i, we now see other devices it’s had up its sleeve in full fruition. A complete preview of a device called the LT30p (also known as ‘Mint’) has surfaced and gives Sony fans a look of what will be Sony’s next premium smartphone. The Sony LT30p will feature Android 4.0 and have a 4.6-inch (1280 x 720) display with on-screen buttons, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset, 1GB RAM, 13MP camera capable of 1080p video recording, 720p front facing camera, 16GB of internal memory, microSD, MHL output, NFC and a sealed battery.
The overall design of the smartphone looks to be a bit on the lackluster side, but the hope is what you see will not be the final design. After all— all those premium goodies should be featured in a premium design, right?
source: Xperia Blog
Google promised that the Nexus Q was compatible with Android 2.3.3 and higher, but every since Google I/O, it only worked for Jelly Bean devices. Google finally updated the app to support these older devices so everyone on Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread (2.3.3+) can now control the Nexus Q. In addition Google updated YouTube which brings Nexus Q support to older Android devices plus the ability to turn your phone into a remote to play videos on other devices. Last but not least, they updated Play Movies & TV for faster downloading and a playback fix for some LG devices. Hit the break for download links