Offline speech recognition for third-party apps discovered in Google Search update

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Developers of voice command app utter! have discovered a nice surprise included in the latest Google Search update that increases the usability of speech-recognition on Jelly Bean powered Android devices. Much of the focus since Google released the latest update has been on the new widget for Google Now. There has also been some interest in new partners and access to college basketball teams for sports cards. The change discovered by utter! may have a more far-reaching impact than those features.

With the latest update, apps from third-party developers can now access the speech-recognition dictionaries on your device. Previously, only Google’s own apps could access the dictionaries. For end users, this means the speech-recognition function can run faster and is accessible even when no data connection is available. To add the dictionaries to your device so they will be available for other apps, go to your Google Now settings, look under “Voice” and find the dictionary you want to download.

source: AndroidCentral

Is Sony testing a new device running Android 4.2 with a 1080p display?

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Sony may be testing a new device and if the latest findings are correct, it’s going to be an impressive device. With the model number C680x, Sony’s device will be running Android 4.2 and sporting a full HD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Due to the model number being higher than the anticipated Xperia Z, this might be an indication of yes another Sony flagship phone. Very little details are known at this point but check back with TalkAndroid for the latest reports.

source: Xperia Blog

Google releases images and details of Glass Foundry event

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Last month Google held a Project Glass hackathon event in San Francisco and in a recent Google+ blog post, the tech giant let us in on a couple of details and a handful of images of the event. Members of the event included those who had signed up for the Glass Explorer Program at Google I/O 2012. It’s no surprise there were a lot of people that signed up after the stunning demonstration of Project Glass at the same conference. According to the post, the event was called Glass Foundry and was held over the course of two days.

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HTC provides more clues about the HTC One Camera with cryptic teaser

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HTC is giving the public more to speculate over with the release of their latest cryptic picture on their Twitter page. The picture is of a camera lens that seems ordinary to the naked eye. Upon close inspection, however, the numbers “2, 19, 13″ are revealed along the lens’ outside rim. These numbers ordinarily would give indications of the camera’s lens quality but these numbers happen to line up with the date of the dual press events in  New York City and London.

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Sony Xperia Z to launch early in Berlin

 

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The Sony Xperia Z is scheduled to be launched as a general release at the end of February, but an announcement from Sony informs us that the phone will go on sale a little earlier than expected. The anticipated smartphone will debut at the Sony Store in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, February 21st, 2013. Those of you who want to get your hands on Sony’s newest release who do not live in Berlin or aren’t planning to travel there anytime soon, will have to wait for the general release scheduled on February 28th, 2013. Let us know if you’re going to be one of the lucky few who pick this phone up a week early.

Source: Facebook
Via: AndroidCentral

 

Featured Android App Review: Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus [Tools]

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When it comes to malware and viruses regarding Android, a lot of people like to put fear in you. I am not here to do that, because I personally think it’s unlikely you will get anything serious as long as you’re dealing with the Google Play Store or Amazon Appstore. With that said, it doesn’t mean you should go without a mobile security app because they serve several purposes. Bitdefender has always been one of the leaders when it comes to PC security so it’s no surprise that they offer an Android app. It’s simply called Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus and it’s has a lot of features for the money.

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Ubuntu preview (finally) arriving on February 21st

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If you’re like me and a lifelong Linux user— then you were probably stoked to hear that Ubuntu was coming to Android devices soon… very soon. As exciting as the news was– many of us were on edge because we didn’t have an exact idea of when the coveted port would arrive on select Android devices. Fortunately— the Ubuntu team has officially come out and given up the details of what we have been eager to hear about: the Ubuntu preview will be available from next week, February 21st. The developers behind the Android port are making all the files which includes the full images and source code available through their internal site— giving select users a chance to dabble and fool around with the cool OS before the masses can. As exciting as this is— the port is only limited to two devices as of this time: the Galaxy Nexus and venerable Nexus 4 smartphones— so if you don’t own either phone, you’re outta luck at this time. Here’s hoping other devices will eventually get to be treated to some of that GUI Linux goodness as well sooner than later.

Hit the break to check out the full press release and try to contain yourselves in the meantime.

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Gamestick console now available for $79 preorder

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Android gaming has been growing in popularity since the inception of the platform in 2008. Currently, the only drawback to Android gaming is the fact gaming is generally limited for use on Android smartphones and tablets at this time. Fortunately, a kickstarter project called the Gamestick was introduced which allows for Android gaming to be brought to your TV set via a small console and controller in one, giving Android a more traditional method of playing various Android games. Now the wait is almost over as preorder sales have finally begun, a full month ahead of their global retail launch. Preorders for the device are $79 which is amazing considering that for the same price, you can only buy a major or new released title of any current generation gaming console. Check out the press release below and let us know if you plan on buying one of the new Gamestick consoles.

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eBay listing shows Nexus 7 bundle which includes earbuds and Visa gift card for $259.00

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Let’s face it— we know that there’s more than a few of you who still haven’t gotten the awesome Nexus 7 tablet— but there’s a deal out there right now that’s really itching to grab your attention. There’s a eBay listing out there from user buydig that highlights a sweet little Nexus 7 bundle which includes the powerhouse tablet, some earphones, a $30 gift card and a $30 Visa gift card— all for $259 bucks. Oh and to top it all off— buydig is even going to toss in free shipping for those of you who want to save an extra buck or two. Pretty sweet, right?

There are limited quantities of the bundle left, so interested parties will want to head on down to the source link and grab one for themselves ASAP.

source: eBay
via: Droid Life

Skype currently testing video voicemail functionality for users

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Skype has just gotten updated to include the testing of video voicemail functionality for its users. As it stands now, the new feature formally allows users to create and record video voicemails of up to 3 minutes in length that can be sent to individuals around the world. There is a noteworthy catch to this awesome feature though friends— it’s reported that the video voicemails is seemingly a paid feature because while pricing hasn’t been announced, the Skype app all users are given 20 free video messages to begin, perhaps indicating that users of the premium Skype service will be able to send more video messages as opposed to a limited number.

As mentioned before, the new feature is currently in testing— but should be available for most, if not all users— so all you Skype folk be sure to grab the latest update today in order to try out the cool feature. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

source: Engadget