Google Brings New Local Search Experience To Your Android Smartphone, Introduces The “Recent” Icon

The official Google Mobile Blog has brought word that the company is making their popular search application for Android even better…..again.  Google is always quick to ensure that their bread and butter, which is search, is constantly effective as possible whether on a PC or on your mobile device. The latest addition to the mobile online application brings us a new “Recent” icon. The next time you perform a search on your Android device you’ll be able to quickly bring up previous results by simply tapping the recent button. The function is available for those who are allowing their web searches to be saved

We provide this new convenience feature for users who have Web History enabled and are logged into Google when doing their search. Start by searching for a place on your PC or other devices, then login to’s mobile homepage and check the Recent icon. Information about previously searched places will be available under the Recent icon for about a day. 

The new “Recent” icon shows information about places you have recently searched for on any of your devices. Try swiping to the right to see more icons for other categories of places.

This shall certainly come in handy for those who usually attempt to search for something months later while unable to remember the exact details.  Just simply tap the recent button and you’re good to go.

source: Google Mobile Blog

Boid for Android brings Twitter client to Ice Cream Sandwich devices

If you’re one of the lucky 1.6% to have Ice Cream Sandwich on your device and you’re bored with the various Twitter apps out there, then you might want to check out Boid for Android. It’s the newest Twitter app, and it’s only for Android 4.0 and higher devices. Boid is in the Alpha stage, which means there’s going to be some bugs that need to be worked out. The developer, Team Boid, is asking that you give feedback and bug reports via email, Twitter, or Google+.  They also list the following as coming soon:

  • More bug fixes
  • A complete tweet composer
  • A tweet viewer (including retweeting and viewing conversations)
  • A home screen widget (in donation version)

So far, I had a tough time just getting my account linked, and it doesn’t appear that you can open up URL links from individual. These things are minor and I’m sure they will be worked out soon. It’s a nice start. We have a few more pics and the download links after break.

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LG F160L benchmark leaks, ICS and Snapdragon S4 processor on board

It looks like LG has more muscle up its sleeves, in addition to the quad core Optimus 4x HD.  A benchmark for an otherwise unnamed, LG F160L, has leaked. Of note, this new device looks to be running ICS right out of the box and like the Optimus, it also sports a quad core. However, where the Optimus packs a Tegra 3, this unknown device will have a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 “Krait” processor. The benchmark also tells us that the device will be pushing a 1280×720 resolution screen. Beyond that, the remaining qualities of the device remain unknown.

It seems like LG is attempting a shotgun approach to the market. Currently we’re anticipating release of the L3, L5, L7,  Optimus 4X HD, and now this F160L.  Whether or not that will benefit them, time will tell. Most other manufacturers have grown past this stage and have since vowed for fewer, better, devices.  HTC and Motorola come to mind.

I think given a choice between the two, the Tegra 3 would still win my wallet. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!

source: GLBenchmark
via: Androinica

OverSkreen lets you multitask while browsing

With the advent of tablets and phablets, the gap between desktop computers and handheld devices is narrowing. A new browsing app, OverSkreen, is making the web browsing experience a lot more like your laptop. The app features floating panes, allowing you to open the browser over top of other apps, while also having the ability to open, close, move or resize the panes. It’s essentially a multi-tasker’s dream. The app developer, MBFG, has also brought us AirCalc and Stick It!, which allows you to watch videos over top of other running apps.

The app also features Adobe Flash support on Android 3.0 and above, system wide bookmarks, various user agents, and a suggest-while-typing URL bar. Flash player may cause the browser to crash on Android 2.2.x/2.3.x due to a known bug in Adobe Flash Player.

Snatch up this app at the link below now, since it’s $1.49, 50 percent of its regular price.

Android Market Link

Google Wallet Unsupported on Rooted Devices

The idea of using your phone as your wallet is a great one, but Google Wallet is proving to be a bit of a security nightmare. It looks as though Google has thrown up their hands on rooted devices, at least for now, and put a warning in the Google Wallet app of unsupported devices. The problem is the ability to perform a brute force hack on rooted phones, where a thief could crack the pin code on Google Wallet and proceed to use your phone to make purchases with your credit cards.

Google had issued a statement encouraging rooted users to seriously reconsider using Google Wallet. To make sure everyone received the message, Google has also decided to make this information into a warning message at the top of the app. If you tap the link, you’ll see an explanation of the unsupported device policy, which basically comes down to: “Don’t use this if your phone is rooted”.

While the capability to root your phone is one of the great things about Android, it does take away the control and therefore the responsibility from the carrier, the manufacturer, and Google. We hope that Google is still working on a way to secure Google Wallet on rooted phones, although that is a huge task given that they have no control over a ROM they did not produce.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve received this warning message, and if it has changed your ability to use Google Wallet.

source: Droid Life

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance Is Absurdly Expensive

We were waiting for this  and it’s finally here. It’s a surprise,  but not in a good way. The previously unpriced Samsung Galaxy S Advance is, to Samsung, seemingly priceless. The device is set to go on sale for a whopping 494 EUR ($650).

To put it into perspective, take a look at what you get for that price as listed by the FCC documents.

  • 1GHz dual-core CPU
  • 4-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 5 MP rear facing camera and 1.3 MP front facing camera
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1500 mAh battery
Essentially, you get a smaller screen, a slower processor, and less RAM for a higher price than that of the Galaxy S II or the Galaxy Nexus, and of course it isn’t launching with ICS. I don’t see your reasoning behind this Samsung. Readers, I’m looking forward to your comments on this. Would any of you seriously pass up the S II or Nexus in favor of the Advance and if so, why? How about the price: justified or ridiculous?

source: Samsung Germany

New App Inventor Beta Released By MIT

Google Labs was responsible for some of the apps we can’t live without on our devices: Google Search, Google Goggles and my personal favorite, App Inventor. Unfortunately the app was phased out, along with Google Labs, but not before the source code was made open for all. Of course, since App Inventor was a pivotal educational tool, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology picked it up right where Google left it.

I bring some good news today, as the beta version of the application is available to anyone with a Google account! That’s right, anyone can pick up and go create their own apps in a versatile, innovative and naturally intuitive environment. Anyone who’s ever wanted to give app development a shot but didn’t quite understand the jargon involved with software development should head over to the MIT’s App Inventor website (source link below) and give it a go.

source: mit

ZTE Optimus Barcelona Seen In Plain View

We know ZTE has a few phones on the way including the beastly Era smartphone. That hasn’t stopped the brand from coming out and highlighing the Optimus Barcelona smartphone. The newly spotted device was seen on the Bluetooth SIG and WiFi Alliance webpages. Details of the European device are scarce as usual from ZTE, but we do know the device will feature 3G, 802.11b/g/n and will likely be operated under Android 2.3. While the device is yet another of ZTE’s future offerings, there are a couple of items that should be pointed out. The first is if the device is named Barcelona, it probably would have been a good idea to present the device at MWC since it’s in well you know… Barcelona. The second is the device has Optimus in its name. Last we checked, there’s a South Korean giant which oh yes— has a successful line of smartphones based off the same name. Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

Stay tuned with Talk Android for further news and details on the upcoming Optimus Barcelona smartphone.

source: Bluetooth SIG and WiFi Certifications
via: Unwired View

Leak Hints at April 6 Launch for 16GB Verizon Galaxy Nexus, April 26 for Droid Incredible 4G

Based on previous leaks, we already knew Verizon Wireless was going to be carrying the 16GB version of the Galaxy Nexus at some point, in both grey and white variations. The only question is when? According to a tip received by our friends at Droid Life, it looks like the half-pint GNex will arrive on all channels at the beginning of next month, April 5th to be exact. Since the storage size has been reduced by half, one can only assume the price will be similar to that of the recently reduced 16GB Droid Razr, which retails for $199 on contract. Nothing in this leak confirms any color options, though. We will just have to wait to see how that one pans out.

Along with the Galaxy Nexus leak, comes details of a April 26th launch for the Droid Incredible 4G (aka HTC Fireball), and a March 29th launch for the LG Lucid (previously reported, LG Cayman).

source: Droid Life

Samsung launches Galaxy Player 70 Plus – Dual core PMP

Samsung’s Galaxy line of devices have been a monumental success for the Korean giants, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab range of phones and tablets are critically-acclaimed, household names. Despite this success Samsung is yet to make a huge splash in the Personal Media Player (PMP) market, however it appears that they’re working hard to turn that around. We introduced you to the forthcoming Galaxy S WiFi, announced at the Mobile World Congress last week, well Samsung is set to bolster its PMP range with the release of the Galaxy Player 70 Plus for South Korea.

The Galaxy Player 70 Plus pays more than a passing resemblance to the original Galaxy S (I9000) and the highlights of the device are :

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz skin
  • Dual-core, 1Ghz processor
  • 5″ LCD, 800 x 480 touch screen
  • 5MP rear camera with  front camera for video calls
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • 16GB or 32GB storage options with micro SD slot
Android has plenty of flagship phones and tablets on the market however we are yet to see an Android PMP challenge the success of Apple’s all-conquering iPod. Could Samsung’s Galaxy Player line swing the momentum? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

source : sammyhub