If you’re travelling in Europe this holiday season, you may be glad to hear that Google Maps recently received an update that now offers voice-guided lane navigation for highways located in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Ireland.
Since its release last year, Chromecast had been available only in the United States. Until now that is. We heard murmurs that the Chromecast was making its way to the UK, and it is, along with 10 additional countries. According to Google, Chromecast will be rolling out in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.
Some countries will receive region-specific apps, like BBC iPlayer for the UK, France TV Pluzz and SFR TV for France, and Watchever in Germany. If you’re in one of these 11 countries, look out for the dongle to be available for purchase on Amazon, Google Play, Currys PC World, Elkjøp, FNAC, Saturn, Media Markt and other retailers.
Amazon announced an expansion of their Cloud Drive product to Italy and Spain today. This comes on the heels of recent launches of the Cloud Drive in the UK, Germany and France. Users will be able to access their drive using PC and Mac applications, a web browser, or their Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD devices. Along with this geographic expansion, Amazon announced all customers will now get 5GB of free storage with options to pay for additional space.
The updates to the Cloud Drive service are not limited to European customers. U.S.-based customers can now share their files with friends and family by visiting www.amazon.com/clouddrive and selecting the files to be shared. Amazon has also implemented some new integration with iPhoto on Apple Mac computers. With only a couple clicks, users can now upload iPhoto albums to their cloud drive so photos can be viewed almost instantly on Kindle Fire devices or through a web browser.
Check out the source link for the full press release from Amazon for all of the details.
Here at TalkAndroid, it would be an understatement to say we’re excited about the forthcoming World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. We’re also extremely jealous of you lucky people who will be over in Spain enjoying the event as it unfolds. We do however have one word advice before you hit the road for Barcelona, you might want to pack a map with your sun-cream.
The main public transportation operator in Barcelona, the TMB is set to strike from 27th February to 1st March. The strike is set to effect all major bus and metro routes in Barcelona and with an expected 60,000 attendees, the strike will surely have a significant impact on travel for the week.
World Mobile Congress organizers GSMA are confident that the show will go on without too many problems. There is a comprehensive contingency plan in place that can be quickly implemented should the planned strikes go ahead.
For those who don’t already use it, perhaps now is a good time to familiarize yourself with the wonderful Google Maps Navigation. You just might need it!
Check out the statement from GSMA.
The metro and bus workers from TMB, the main public transport operator in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, have announced plans to strike during Mobile World Congress which will be held 27th February through 1st March 2012.
The GSMA has senior executives in Barcelona and they have been meeting regularly with government officials from the City of Barcelona, Catalonia Regional Government, Spanish Ministry of Industry, the Fira and the various police authorities since the strike was first announced. The GSMA has advised the government authorities that they should do everything to avert the strike and we have been assured that negotiations are ongoing in order to try and resolve the issues.
In the event the parties do not reach agreement, comprehensive contingency plans are in place to ensure that all participants of the Mobile World Congress have unfettered access to and from the Fira during all days of the event. We will announce the details of those contingency plans as necessary should the strike take place. The GSMA remains confident that the issues will be resolved and that there will be little, if any, impact to the Mobile World Congress.
Further, the Barcelona government has offered the GSMA its strong assurances that Mobile World Congress attendees will not be affected and all participants will be able to arrive and depart the event safely and without disruption.
If you’ll recall, a few days ago we tossed up a post informing the masses that ChaCha Inc, a popular questions and answers website, officially sued HTC over its chosen name for it’s new “Facebook Phone” which was unveiled at MWC. Well, it looks like Spain is now dubbing the device “ChaChaCha” The folks over at Engadget state that the phrase ChaCha implies “disparagement”. However, I fail to realize how due to the fact that when I type the word into Google Translate and translate it from Spanish to English, I get “nanny“. Hey, there you go HTC, a free name for you, no charge at all, the HTC Nanny.
As stated in our previous post, it cant be stressed enough to do your market research before choosing a device name, both for copyright infringement sake and for the sake of avoiding embarrassment. One has to wonder how a seasoned pro in the industry gets caught up in a mess like this. Nothing personal HTC, you still make hot handsets in our book.
Well folks, it’s that time of year again. CES has come and gone and Mobile World Congress is upon us. Easily one of the biggest phonegasm meetings of the year, MWC promises an exceptional show for us. With an expected attendance of 50,000 plus, it’s going to be elbow to elbow trying to report all of the mobile tech news coming out of that venue. So, what Android goodness can we expect to see? Here are a few things we’ll be keeping tabs on at the event:
In an effort to improve business and trade relations between their two countries, Spain and Portugal have agreed to end roaming charges when traveling from Spain to Portugal, and vice versa.
The EU has been trying to limit roaming charges as much as possible, which shouldn’t be much of an issue considering there are only a handful of wireless providers for the whole of Europe. Perhaps this will serve as an example to the rest of Europe to make similar partnerships.
Nothing is set in stone at this point, so roaming charges between the two countries are still in effect. Hopefully this will be enacted quickly, and that other countries will follow suit.
Consumers in Spain who may be on the fence about buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab have a bit more of an incentive now. Spanish customers who pre-order a Galaxy Tab between now and October 14th will receive a free keyboard dock, which retails for around $100.
Also, it seems that this offer is only available in Spain, so residents of other European countries may be out of luck. Users interested in registering for the Galaxy Tab can do so here.
The Phone House, an e-Retailer in Spain, is advertising an upcoming Galaxy S phone but not what you would expect. This version is white instead of the black version we have all become accustomed too. There is no retail date as of yet but it shows a price of €499 (US$657) on their website.
I have never been fond of the white versions of phones but I know there are many of you who do so I hope we see this launched soon.