Google+ Circles Now Available in Google Voice

A cool new feature has been added to Google Voice for users of Google+. You can now use your Circles as custom groups in your Google Voice account. What does that mean? Google Software Engineer Tom Ford explains it in his blog post:

To help make it even easier for you to organize your contacts, today we’re adding Google+ Circles to Google Voice. Circles give you more control over how you manage your callers; for example, calls from your “Creepers” circle can be sent straight to Voicemail, only your “College Buddies” circle will hear you rap your voicemail greeting, or you can set your “Family” circle to only ring your mobile phone.

All you have to do is log in to your Google Voice account and go to the Groups and Circles tab to see all your Google+ Circles. You can then edit each one to suit your needs for that group. Pretty simple and powerful. So do you have any Circles that need to always go directly to voice mail? Yeah, I thought so. Me too.


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Box Offering Free 50GB Account For Android Users

From now until March 23rd you can get a FREE 50GB account on Box by simply downloading and signing in to the Box Android app. That type of space would normally cost you $19.99 a month on the cloud storage service. And this 50GB account is yours for life, no strings attached.

This offer is a 45GB increase in the amount of space for a free Box account. With an offer like this, why would anyone use other services, like Dropbox? Well, keep in mind that Box does not offer a free desktop sync client like Dropbox does. Box’s desktop client is only available to professional users who pay $15/month. Also, with a free account, Box only allows file sizes up to 25MB. To increase to a 1GB file size limit costs $10/month.

Still, we can’t complain about a free 50GB! Plus, with Box’s ability to send files to other services such as Gmail, Microsoft Office, and Google Docs, not having a desktop sync client becomes slightly less of a problem.

So if you need some cloud lovin’, download the app from the Android Market link or QR code below!

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ASUS Posts Teaser Video for MWC 2012 – Twice the Detail, Twice the Fun

A short 17 second teaser video about what ASUS will be showing off at Mobile World Congress 2012 has been posted to YouTube. The video starts with the simple question, “Eager to see more detail?” while we watch a bunch of bouncing balls arrange themselves in a box to form what is obviously a tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It finishes by saying, “Twice the detail, twice the fun. Endless possibilities.

The post about this video on the ASUS Facebook page is filled with comments from people guessing what they are teasing. Many folks believe this is in reference to the Transformer Prime HD (TF700), which comes in at a sharp 1920 x 1200 resolution (that’s WUXGA 1080p, folks). This sure sounds plausible, especially since the video uses balls as pixels to make up a screen, alluding to screen resolution.


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Google Music Adoption Lower Than Expected

Google Music has been around for a few months now, and according to a CNET exclusive, Google told music labels that customer adoption and revenue are below what they expected. Since the service is still pretty new, no one at Google is too worried. They still haven’t marketed Google Music as aggressively as they could, and Google told the record companies that certain issues are still being worked on. But that’s little comfort for some folks in the music industry, sources said.

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When Google Music launched in November, there was a potential customer base of over 200 million users of Android devices. That’s a big enough audience to make Google’s answer to iTunes a music powerhouse. Converting just 10% of the user base would equate to 20 million customers. The potential is there, but is Google’s strategy too dated?


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Acer CloudMobile Demoed on Video Before Next Weeks MWC Showing

Man, the way things are going lately nothing is going to be a surprise at next weeks Mobile World Congress. We recently brought you videos of a hands on experience with three of LG’s phones that are slated to be unveiled at MWC and now we have another one from Acer to share with you courtesy of Cellulare Magazine.

What we have this time around is a hands on with the award winning Acer CloudMobile, taken at a press event in Milan today. Like the last round of videos this one isn’t in English either so you will just have to make up your own words, unless of course you’re multilingual. Reports are saying that the phone pictured in the video is still a prototype so there still may be a few discrepancies from the final product. What we do know is that the device has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch 1280 x 800 display, an 8MP camera, HSPA bands, Bluetooth, and NFC capabilities. We will surely know all there is to know come next week, though. We will keep you posted.

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source: Cellulare Magazine
via: Unwired View

 

 

Dual-Core OMAP 5 Blasts Past Quad-Core Tegra 3 in Web Page Rendering Demo

For those of you who think that dual-core is so last year then have I story for you. The video we have here shows the TI dual-core OMAP 5 application processor for mobile devices outpacing the quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia. For those that don’t know the OMAP 5 sports ARM’s new and improved Cortex-A15 CPU design. Nvidia’s processor does have four cores plus its additional specialized core but it’s based on the older Cortex-A9 CPU. For reference the Galaxy Nexus sports the A9 processor.

The OMAP 4 packs specialized accelerators and cores that help boost performance a great deal. Again the OMAP 5 improves on this. So basically the dual-core OMAP 5, the one on the left, beats the Tegra 3 on the right hands down in page rendering in addition to downloading videos and playing music. If you don’t want to take my word for it, I will let the video do the talking. If this video is any indication it’s that dual-core processors shouldn’t be cast aside just yet. Like I said before, they are perfectly fast enough for me.
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Upcoming LG Phones to be Unveiled at MWC Next Week Captured on Video

Spoiler alert! For those who are excited to see what LG has to show off next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I’m about to ruin the surprise. Generally manufactures go to great lengths to keep devices under wraps as much as possible before their big unveiling, but for some reason LG let the cat out of the bag early this time.

Italian blog Telefonio was able to get real up close and personal with the LG Optimus 4X HD, Optimus 3D Max, and the Optimus Vu. Not only did they get to fondle the upcoming devices, they also captured the whole experience on three different videos. If you’re the type that likes to eat your dessert before dinner, jump on past the break and you can see the devices on film before they are unveiled next week. For you U.S. folks, pay close attention to the 4X HD because we could see that one stateside on T-Mobile as the G4X. After you check out the videos let us know in the comments which one you like the best.

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LG Optimus 3D Max

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LG Optimus Vu

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source: Telefonio

 

 

Samsung GT-N8000 Appears For Certification, Indicates Device Featuring Stylus Pen Is On The Way

 

There’s no doubt the Samsung Galaxy Note is one innovative and exciting device. But is Sammy already hard at work creating a successor to the device or dare we say it— a tablet that features a stylus pen? All indications point to a resounding yes. You all remember how the Galaxy Note carries an alias by the name of the GT-N7000, right? Well a mysterious Sammy device identified as the “GT-N8000″ has just been given some coveted certification according to the Bluetooth SIG site. Oh and there’s more: the design description of the device is listed as none other than a “Samsung Mobile Tablet”. Hmmm. While many consumers may be licking their chops at the idea of a stylus-wielding tablet, it’s more than likely we’re seeing one of the final hurdles being cleared for the Galaxy Note’s immediate followup/successor. Then again, there is plenty of room in the market for a tablet from an established brand which features a useful and uber cool stylus pen, so we probably wouldn’t be too surprised if a Galaxy Tab with a pen is announced as well.

Ok enough speculation kids. We’ll find out all the details and more at MWC next week, so be sure to stay tuned with Talk Android.

source: Bluetooth SIG
via: Android Central

Qualcomm Atheros Launches 802.11ac WiFi Ecosystem

Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon S4 processor already makes our mouths water, but there’s yet another reason why we can’t wait to get our hands on an S4-based device. The current WiFi standard is about to get just a smidge faster. Qualcomm Atheros has officially launched the 802.11ac WiFi ecosystem by unveiling the WCN3680 module, which attaches directly to the Snapdragon S4 chip. The WCN3680 module will feature high data transfer while having fairly low power consumption– we can expect to see data transfer speeds of up to 433Mbps. Yeah, this puppy looks like it’s ready to stream high quality content.

Now that Qualcomm Atheros has placed it’s new wireless standard into the limelight, we expect to see the technology in action and perhaps a device or two featuring the technology at MWC next week. Hit the break to see the full press release.


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Dennis Woodside to be Named New Motorola Mobility CEO by Google

Fresh off of the approval by both the E.C. and U.S. for the acquisition of Motorola, Google is making news again by suggesting who will take the reigns of hardware company when the deal is all said and done. As this is common in most acquisitions it comes as no surprise that Google is looking to shake things up with a new CEO. Gone will be the current reigning Sanjay Jha and in his place we will see Dennis Woodside. It was previously rumored that Google would be appointing Nikesh Arora as CEO and Woodside would take Arora’s position, however this move completely surpasses Arora’s involvement.

Woodside has been with Google since 2003 where he’s held various positions that include, Director of Business Operations, Managing Director of Emerging Markets, Managing Director and VP of Google UK, President of Google Americas, and Senior Vice President of Google. The most recent position he held was to oversee the acquisition and report directly to Larry Page. 
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