Google Files A Patent For Voice Actions Integration On Google TV

Google is about to make your TV’s remote obsolete, so it seems with a recent patent filing by the search giant. The company has recently filed a patent that suggests you’ll be able to simply ask your TV a questions and get a ton of Google search results in return.  As you can see from the pic, a simple “When is Seinfeld on?” would render the answer all via a voice command.  The technology is very reminiscent of Android’s voice dictations and should be a welcomed edition to the service and a big step into the future.  We’re still not sure how deep the integration is, but we’ll stay on it until we do.  I’m personally still waiting for Google TV to mature, but I”d be highly compelled to hop aboard now if I could be able to speak to my TV set.  In addition, according to the patent you’ll be able to trigger voice commands using several different phrases which in turn will allow you to change channels hands free of any remote control.  Furthermore, there’s tidbits in the filing that describe a service in which you can use your smartphone to decode voice into text which is processed in the cloud and completes an action on the TV set.  I still can’t wrap my head around this but I’m highly looking forward to the day I can finally cut the cord at home.

source: Patently Apple
via: Phandroid

 

 

Ice Cream Sandwich for Droid RAZR screenshots leak

We can probably count on one hand the amount of devices with an official ICS build but that should be set change dramatically as we head into Q.2 of 2012. Whilst we’re all screaming for Ice Cream, owners of the fantastic Droid RAZR can take a sneak peak of what’s soon to come.

We brought you your first teaser of Motorola’s ICS skin back in January and boy do we have a juicy follow up for you today. A DroidRzr forum user by the name of ‘dragon974′ breezed onto the forums, posted a bevy of new screenshots and disappeared off into the sunset never to be seen again. The screenshots appear to contain shots of a final ICS build covering a number of different screens including homepage with launcher, dialer, applications, camera viewfinder, Gmail and lock-screen amongst others.

Whilst we’ve been critical of previous Motorola Android skins, namely MotoBlur and it’s various iterations, we’re pleased to observe that this new skin looks to be fairly unobtrusive and close to the pure Android ICS experience. The new Holo theme and roboto font are there in all their glory and aside from a few redesigned icons, there really aren’t too many differences from stock ICS. It’s not all good news though as there does appear to be some bloatware present although it’s of the Verizon variety but that’s only to be expected.

There’s no word from Motorola as to the validity of these screenshots and no speculation from the original poster on possible release dates. Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid as we bring you further news on the Droid RAZR Ice Cream Sandwich update.

More details and screenshots can be found through the source link below, be sure to let  us know your thoughts on Motorola’s efforts in the comments.

 

 

 

source : DroidRZR.com

 

 

 

LG is Dropping Hints on Facebook, Announcement Tomorrow

MWC 2012 is just around the corner, and LG has been making plenty of news lately. They have recently unveiled their 5-inch display Optimus Vu and the Optimus LTE Tag, which is a version of the Optimus LTE but with lower specs.

In the meantime, LG has also been busy creating a riddle for us to solve. On their Facebook page, they began a countdown on February 16, leading to tomorrow’s announcement. Every hint has capital L’s, even in the middle of words. The latest one reads:

Tomorrow, we’LL teLL you what aLL the L has been about!
Count down with us…not Long now! :)

In previous days, they’ve linked to videos of the trailer for “A River Runs Through It” (reminding us of fulfillment in life), Chinese traditional architecture (emphasizing the attention to details), the Bicentennial Man (illustrating technology with a human touch), and Audrey Hepburn (who displays timeless style). It sounds to me like they’re going to announce their commitment to these values, but it could also be a new device (like the LG X3 or the LG CX2), or a new marketing idea. Stay tuned to Talk Android to find out, and if you have the answer to the riddle, let us know in the comments.

source: Facebook

Nook 8GB Tablet Launching Wednesday, Ups Competition With Kindle Fire

Following an announcement earlier this month, Barnes & Noble  seems to be preparing an imminent release for their newest Nook tablet. The 8GB version seems to be pretty much the same as the $249 version, just packing less internal storage. This will obviously mean the tablet will come at a cheaper price, now becoming closer in competition to the Kindle Fire. All that’s known for sure about the upcoming release is that WalMart is planning to release them on Wednesday, February 22nd, and the tablets should have already arrived in stores.

source: the verge

Sky Go App Available Now in the UK, Only on Select Devices

At the end of January we told you about how the British television company Sky would be bringing those folks in the UK an app for watching TV on the go. Fast forward to now and that announcement has become a reality. Like we told you before it is only available on select HTC and Samsung devices with more being supported over time. With the app you will be able to watch up to 22 live channels based on your TV subscription. They include:

  • All 4 Sky Sports channels plus Sky Sports News and ESPN
  • All 11 Sky Movies channels
  • Sky Atlantic
  • Sky 1
  • Sky Living
  • Sky Arts 1
  • Sky News

If you live in the UK, have one of these devices, and are interested in downloading this app you can follow the Market link or QR code below. Some things to keep in mind though include the fact that this doesn’t work on Ice Cream Sandwich, or tablets yet, and if you are rooted don’t bother as you will be denied access. While we don’t expect Sky to ever allow root users to use the app (until developers get a hold of the app) we do expect to see ICS support in the future. If you meet these stringent requirements then head on over to the Market to get your taste of UK television on the go. Enjoy!

Android Market Link

ZTE Adds High-End PF200 And Low-End N910 LTE Android Devices To The Lineup

ZTE is stepping up their game a notch and rather than waiting until MWC to show off their new flagships, they’ve spilled the beans a little early.  The company has just announced two devices to cater to the high and low-end’s of the mass mobile market.  The two devices will sport Android 4.0 right out of the gate and we should be able to get a hands-on in Barcelona soon enough.  The high-end device, dubbed the PF200, comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU (unknown manufacturer), 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 meg camera and 2 meg front facing camera for video chatting and portraits.  It’s also capable of recording 1080p video and comes locked and loaded with radios supporting LTE, UMTS and GSM technologies.  Add DLNA, MHL (mobile high-def link) and NFC and we can see how serious ZTE wants to be/stay relevant in the mobile market.  As for the N910, the device is touted as a low-end, more budget friendly and economically sound device sporting LTE FDD, CDMA/EVDO radios, a 5 meg camera, 1080p front facing camera (2 mp), an 800 x 400 res display and a 1.5 GHz processor as well.  We don’t have pricing or a release date yet, obviously, but we can tell you this, according to ZTE these devices are just the beginning for what’s yet to come:

“These LTE devices are the fore-runners of a wide range of LTE devices ZTE will bring to the market in the coming months, and as more and more LTE networks come on stream,” said Mr. He Shiyou, Executive Vice President and Head of the Terminal Division of ZTE. “They will be feature products – among a very wide range of devices on display at the ZTE stand at Mobile World Congress 2012.”

Can we speculate that a Tegra 3 device is on the way?  I sure hope so.  Check out the full presser and another press shot after the break.


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LG Introduces NFC Wielding Optimus LTE Tag

When we first brought to you news of the original Optimus LTE we were pretty impressed. A 4.5-inch AH-IPS display is nothing to shake your head at. Well LG is changing it up a bit by adding a lower-specced Optimus LTE device to the line that replaces the amazing 4.5-inch display with a smaller 4.3-inch IPS display and NFC capabilities. The NFC, known as LG Tag+, will allow the device to “talk” with stickers that can automatically switch settings on the handset depending on location. If there is a sticker on your dash your device could turn Bluetooth and GPS on while also bumping up the volume. Heading into the office, your phone automatically turns to vibrate mode while also turning on the WiFi.  Besides NFC the device has the following specs:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Dure-Core processor
  • Display: 4.3-inch (800 x 480) IPS
  • Memory: 16GB eMMC
  • Camera: 5.0MP with AF-LED Flash (Rear) & 1.3MP (Front)
  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Battery: 1,700mAh
  • Others: LG Tag+, MHL(Mobile High Definition Link), DLNA(Digital Living Network Alliance)

Given that Sony is gearing up its own NFC campaign with its SmartTags it appears that everyone is trying to get on the NFC bandwagon. However Sony didn’t go the same route LG has. LG has decided to fully relaunch the device in Korea as the Optimus LG Tag. If you’re interested in reading more on the device check out the Press Release below. Enjoy!
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Google goes after Foursquare with the launch of Leaderboards, Could be tied to Google Offers.

Foursquare is the King of check-ins, but it looks like Google is about to get into the game with a new feature as part of Latitude that will most likely find its way to Google+. You already have the ability to check-in now, but they’ve added a new feature called Leaderboards, which will rank you based on number of check-ins at each location. Nothing new here, but it’s possible this really isn’t about being the Mayor of Starbucks. The incentive here might have something to do with Google Offers. In a post on the Google support forums, it talks about different status levels including Visitor, Regular, VIP, and Guru. They also suggest that each business could customize the names of these status levels and icons.

In this same post, they discuss Google Offers, but don’t tell us about a direct connection between the two. Reading between the lines, I would think that Google’s plan is to tie this with Google Offers in that the higher your status, the more likely you will be to receive special offers. At this point Google Offers is still at its infancy stage, but I would still suggest checking-in as much as you can now because I would assume it will be counted as Google Offers grows to more locations.

The real question is how many apps do we need to check-in these days? What are you guys using and are you willing to use more than one app for checking-in?

sources: google support, engadget

Sony Releases Xperia SmartTags App in Android Market

We first reported about Sony’s SmartTags last month, and it looks as though the official SmartTag  app is now available in the Android Market. This is not currently all that useful since you need to have a set of SmartTags and a compatible NFC-enabled phone. Right now, Sony’s SmartTag site lists the Xperia S as the only compatible phone, though it seems it does work on a Nexus S (see the video below) and presumably on any NFC-capable device, such as the Galaxy Nexus.


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Oracle’s Case Against Google Crumbling

Given that Android and its respective manufacturers are having a tough time against Apple these days it would be nice to see a win for Google and the Android platform altogether. Well boy do I have good news for you folks as Oracle is seeing its patent suits against the search giant crumble down around them. Unofficially known as the suit to end all suits, it was the one that could have effectively killed Android as a platform with its required royalties. This would probably force Google to charge manufacturers to use the platform. While the patent dispute was postponed that didn’t mean that the wheels weren’t turning behind the scenes.

For those that don’t know, Oracle bought Sun and valued the transaction at “approximately $7.4 billion, of $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt.” Broken down this includes, the hardware, MQL, Solaris and other aspects that encompass more than just Java. But the Sun Microsystems acquiring company valued six, dropped to five, out of 500 Java patents at $6 billion dollars. This figure obviously being over hyped. 
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