Google is adding more and more voice commands into both Android and Google Chrome. The latest Android voice command allows users to be able to launch the “I’m Feeling Lucky” radio by telling Google Search to “play some music”
If the user has Google Play Music All Access, the playlist that is played will feature a pretty big selection of content. If they don’t it will play music in the users personal music library on Google Play Music.
Apple is apparently considering launching an iTunes store for Android to combat declining music sales, according to a report from Billboard. The same report also says that Apple executives are in talks with record label executives about launching an on-demand music streaming service.
Launching an on-demand service could make iTunes much more similar to platforms like Spotify. Currently the iTunes Store is available on OS X and iOS, as well as Microsoft’s Windows. In fact, Steve Jobs was asked about bringing iTunes to Android back in 2011. Hit the break to see what he had to say:
We have already seen information trickle out about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 line. In fact, earlier today we spotted the 10.5-inch model. Now it seems like we are looking at a three tablets with displays starting at 7 inches and ending at 10.5 inches. All of the tablets run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and have AMOLED displays. Read more
According to a new rumor, Google Now will grasp events posted on other Google apps such as Gmail and Hangouts and then ask if you’d like the event to be added to your calendar.
The information will be clearly displayed to the user as to where the event was taken from and if the user would like to edit the event prior to adding it to the calendar such that when a recipient tells you about a time and location, Google will take that information and allow you to edit it beforehand. The image at the top of the article is a dummy interface of this rumored feature. Read more
Being that Lenovo is becoming a larger player in the mobile industry, it only makes sense that they acquire additional patents. While continuing to receive a license for Google’s patents, Lenovo has purchased 3G and 4G technology patents from Unwired Planet. The cost? A respectable $100 million. For that price, Lenovo is getting twenty-one families of patents that will allow the company to enter new markets.
As promised, Google is sending out Project Tango prototypes to developers as we speak. In fact one developer, Omar Soubra, already posted some pictures of the device along with videos. Being involved with 3D scanners in the past, Omar says that Project Tango “is a bit like magic.” Google is shipping the Tango prototype in a white cardboard box, along with a USB 3.0 cable, USB 2.0 cable, 2 chargers, and a quick-start instruction guide. The phone itself has both a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port for whatever reason. Remember, you can usually plug a USB 2.0 cable into one side of a USB 3.0 port.
At the start of the year Sprint warned that the company was going to have to make some big changes in order to cut costs. Well today we learned exactly how they’re going to do that. Today the company told CNet that they’re going to close 55 stores, up to 150 service centers, and lay off up to 330 employees.
The stores that are going to be closed down are the “worst performing” ones, meaning they weren’t really helping the company anyway, and actually could have been costing the company more than they were making. Those that will be losing their jobs will be primarily tech consultants, which may or may not affect the companies customer service standards.
It’s fair to say that the in-app web linking experience in Android isn’t that great. Luckily for us there’s people to fix that! The new Link Bubble app essentially offers users Facebook-style chat heads, but for links, opening a web browser over whatever you’re currently doing.
Link Bubble offers a number of great features, including the ability to share the link by dragging it to one of the two customizable tabs. The left one defaults to pocket, or Facebook if Pocket isn’t installed. The right side defaults to the Android share menu. Hit the break for a video, screenshots, and the Play Store download link!
Samsung has indicated in the past that it was ramping up production of larger AMOLED displays to be used in tablet devices. We are starting to see the results of that appearing in places like the GFXBench benchmark site. Earlier this week an 8.4-inch Samsung tablet equipped with an AMOLED screen running 2560 x 1600 resolution was spotted. Now, a second device with an AMOLED display running at the same 2560 x 1600 resolution has been spotted, but with a larger 10.5-inch screen. Read more
Mozilla’s “Firefox Accounts,” introduced earlier this year, was created to help sync all data used between the Firefox browsers on your computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. This information includes passwords, browsing history, bookmarks, settings, open tabs, etc.
Now, support for Firefox Accounts has come to its Android beta app. You’ll be able to turn on the feature by tapping on the message that will appear when you open up a new tab while using the updated app for the first time.
Hit the break below for the full changelog as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.