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Jun 03, 2014 - 10:47 AM - by dgstorm
The folks over at Phandroid put together a handy list of all the most useful voice commands for Android users with Google Now enabled smartphones. Here's the full breakdown below!
- “Go to [Phandroid.com].” [*Of course we recommend DroidForums.net instead. ]
- “Search for [Samsung Galaxy S5].”
- “Open [Gmail].”
- “Take a picture.”
- “Record a video.”
- “Remind me to [call John at 6PM].”
- “Remind me to [buy toilet paper at Target].”
- “Set an alarm for [6PM].”
- “Create a calendar event: [Happy Hour at Union on Friday at 5:00PM].”
- “Where’s my package?”
- “Note to self: [remember to buy milk].”
- “What’s the tip for [$42]?”
- “Call [George Smith].”
- “Call [Mom mobile].”
- “Text [Lee that I'm running 5 minutes late].”
- “Send email to [Rob Jackson, subject, Google Now, message, Check out these Voice Commands].”
- “Listen to voicemail.”
- “Find [Bruce’s] number.”
- “When is [Mary’s] birthday?”
- “Post to [Google+]: [Google Now is awesome].”
- “Listen to: [TheDirty Projectors].”
- “Play: [The Beatles].”
- “What’s this song?”
- “Play some music.”
- “Watch [Toy Story 3].”
- “What movies are playing tonight?”
- “Where is [X-Men] playing?”
- “Show me pictures of the [Chesapeake Bay Bridge].”
Navigation and Travel
- “Navigate to [Ocean City, MD].”
- “[Biking] directions to [The Brewer’s Art].”
- “Find [the Eiffel Tower].”
- “Where is [the Empire State Building]?”
- “Where’s the nearest [ice cream shop]?”
- “Show me the menu for [Holy Frijoles].”
- “Call [Ledo's Pizza].”
- “Show me my flights.”
- “Where is my hotel?”
- “What are some attractions in [Baltimore]?”
- “What time is it in [London]?”
- “Do I need an umbrella today?”
- “What’s the weather in [Cape Cod] for [the weekend]?”
- “Where was [Albert Einstein] born?”
- “How old is [Brad Pitt]?”
- “How do you say [‘hello'] in [Spanish]?”
- “What does [onomatopoeia] mean?”
- “What’s [Google’s] stock price?”
- “What is [Twitter] trading at?”
- “What’s [16 ounces] in [pounds]?”
- “What is the square root of 2209?”
- “When is sunset?”
- “Did the [Orioles] win today?”
- “How did [the San Francisco Giants] do?”
Thanks for the handy list!
Jun 03, 2014 - 10:35 AM - by dgstorm
The Android 4.4.3 update is finally baked. Google made the Factory Image available for download. This one is designed for the Nexus 5, the Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. These images are 440MB to 465MB in size and will require fastboot set up to install. This update includes a few new tweaks and enhancements: the dialer app has new color accents and a card-based process for speed dialing, there is a bug fix related to CPU usage and the Nexus 5 camera. These factory images are obviously perfect for those who don't want to wait for the OTA.
Here's the link to the factory images: https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images
Speaking of OTA's, the 2013 Nexus 7 WiFi-Only version is already receiving the update push at the time of this story. Users can expect to get it anytime with the next few days. For some reason, the LTE version of the 2013 Nexus 7 is not yet supported by this update.
Jun 03, 2014 - 10:20 AM - by dgstorm
Sony just officially unveiled a new mid-range smartphone for the masses. It's called the Xperia T3 and it includes a decent array of specs along with a stylish design (like most of their devices). Here's the scoop:
- 5.3-inch HD smartphone
- 1.4GHz quad-core processor
- 8 megapixel camera
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of internal storage (expandable to 32GB)
- NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
- 2,500 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Sony’s latest software features such as Battery STAMINA, Sony Music and Video Unlimited, and camera-centric features like Timeshift Burst, Social Live and Portrait Retouch
The phone will be hitting markets across the globe sometime in July. We will share more details as they are revealed.
Jun 03, 2014 - 10:14 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest mobile smartphone sales reports out of South Korea, the brand new LG G3 smartphone flagship is selling 25,000-30,000 units per day since its launch May 28th. This is outpacing sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 by a 3-to-1 margin. Supposedly, the Galaxy S5 only sold at a rate of 7,000 to 8,000 per day in right after its launch. If this report is accurate, it could be a sign that the luster for Samsung is finally wearing off for consumers.
At first blush it's hard to believe, but if you factor in the big marketing push from LG in South Korea and pair that with the phone's premium looking materials and the world's first QHD display (amongst other high-end hardware), the picture becomes plausible. To be clear, LG has a long way to go before they will catch up with sales of the SGS5 globally. Regardless, this is nothing but good for LG's reputation and could be a sign of a future in which the smartphone industry is not dominated by an Apple/Samsung duopoly.
It will be interesting to see if LG can make any strong headway in the other 100 countries in which they launched the G3.
Jun 02, 2014 - 11:24 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest intel, Google is working to bring Google Now voice search functionality to all of of our devices, and they plan on making it completely hands-free. The source of this intel further shared that Google has an internal codename for the functionality. They are calling it KITT after the talking car in the 1980's TV series.
On top of keeping it completely hands-free, they are supposedly even making it eye-free as well. The ultimate goal is to give users access to Google Now functionality without ever even needing to physically look at or interact with the device. The KITT capabilities will be completely voice driven.Of course, limited versions of this can already be seen in use right now with the Moto X and the Nexus 5. This report indicates Google wants to make it an Android feature for any brand or model device in the future. This could even lead to a convergence of Google's driverless cars with Android products.
Despite the limited versions of this functionality already showing up in current devices, Google is supposedly a long way from making it viable. There are tow main hurdles they must overcome. One is figuring out a logistical way for users to be able to discern between voice search results without physically looking. The other is that it currently requires the device to be plugged in and charging because of the tremendous drain on battery.
It will be very exciting to see if/when they can pull it off.
Jun 02, 2014 - 11:08 AM - by dgstorm
Today seems to be a big day for Asus launching new or updated hardware devices. On top of the big announcement earlier of the Transformer Book V, Asus also unveiled the Fonepad 8 and a new MeMo Pad 7 & 8. Here are the details,
MeMo Pad 7 -
- 7-inch Display
- 64-bit Android device - Intel’s quad-core Atom Z3745 chipset (clocked up to 1.86GHz)
- 5 megapixel rear camera
- 2 megapixel front camera - also includes a “high definition” resolution — 1280 x 800
MeMo Pad 8 -
- 8-Inch Display - "Full HD” resolution
- Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core chipset clocked up to 2.3GHz
- Billed as the world’s lightest 8-inch Android tablet at just 299 grams
- Also only 7.45mm thin
- 802.11ac WiFi and an LTE modem
Fonepad 8 -
Really a phablet/giant phone
- 8-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution
- Intel’s 64-bit Atom Z3560 quad-core processor at 1.8GHz
- Dual front-facing speakers
- Android-based ZenUI is on-board with a new flat design and over “1,000″ software improvements
Here's a link to the full press release: ASUS Press Room
Be sure to check out the videos in the thread below.
Jun 02, 2014 - 10:47 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Asus is truly trying to create a device that is nearly all things to all people. Frequently, that type of strategy fails, but it's possible Asus may have hit on that magical winning combination. They just announced the Transformer Book V, which is a tablet/phone/laptop hybrid device. Along with the all-in-one combination of these physical devices, it even includes the ability to dual-boot between Windows and Android on the tablet and laptop portions of the device.
Here's what the Transformer Book V consists of:
- It has a 12.5-inch tablet screen dock
- Combining the phone with the tablet dock makes it a tablet
- Combining the phone & tablet with the keyboard dock transforms it into a laptop
- While in tablet or laptop mode it can switch between Windows and Android (although the phone is Android only)
- The phone section contains an Intel Moorefield chip
- The keyboard dock section contains an Intel Core CPU
- It contains 2GB of RAM in the phone/tablet
- While the laptop section has 4GB of RAM
- The phone and tablet use 64GB of storage and the laptop has 128GB of storage
The only other specs/hardware revealed was the following:
- 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 (4K at 60Hz)
- 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2 (4K at 60Hz)
- 1 x HDMI 2.0 (4K at 60Hz) / MHL 3.0 (4K at 30Hz)
- 1 x HDMI 1.4 (4K at 30Hz)
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports
Asus is really taking things to a whole new level with the "Transformer" series. The name is more fitting than ever!
Source: Asus Transformer Book V
May 30, 2014 - 4:17 PM - by dgstorm
According to the latest insider gossip, Android TV will headline at Google I/O this June. While we have actually heard rumblings of this previously, the big news for today is the extra intel of what Google plans to bring to the tablet to differentiate Android TV from other products (including their own Google TV).
From what the source of this report indicated, Google's secret weapons for Android TV will be an additional focus on gaming as well as something called project Pano. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Supposedly, along with Pano, Android TV's UI will emphasize gaming, similar to what Amazon's Fire TV has done. What do you guys think? Could Android TV crack the code and do a better job of enticing consumers than Google TV and Apple TV? If this report is accurate, then Google is betting on that possibility.
Android TV’s secret weapon: Pano
Android TV’s key focus will be on simplicity, which will be reflected in the user interface. Key to that is something the company has internally been calling Pano. The idea behind Pano is that apps can surface individual pieces of content right on the home screen in a card-like fashion so that users can browse movies, TV shows and other types of media as soon as they turn on an Android TV.
Content will be presented in a series of cards that can be browsed horizontally, and each movie or TV show episode has deep links into publisher’s apps, giving users the option to start playback right away. That’s different from the traditional smart TV experience, where users generally first have to launch an app from a publisher, and then browse that apps catalog before they can play a title.
May 30, 2014 - 10:32 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a shocking bit of news from out of the blue... just yesterday we shared a story which included more details about the "prime" version of the HTC One M8. It supposedly had a new name, called the HTC One M8 Plus. Unfortunately, it looks like we have to use the past tense with that description. According to the latest intel from @evleaks, it may have been cancelled by HTC.
Here's the quote from the famed leaker:
Ultimately, if it is delayed for enough time, the project is effectively dead. There would be no point to release it close to the launch of next year's M9. It's possible this was deliberately leaked by HTC themselves to throw off the press, but we shouldn't count on that.
If you were salty at having purchased an HTC One (M8) when news of the M8 Prime hit, prepare to feel vindicated: development on Prime has been suspended indefinitely.
We aren't sure where this leaves the rumored HTC One M8 Advance, but more than likely that rumored device is still coming to fruition. It is meant to target a different audience and a different market. Of course, if we really want to follow speculation down the rabbit hole, it's possible the leaked intel is slightly off and the device to be cancelled will be the HTC One M8 Advance. We will just have to wait and see if HTC ever brings either device to market later this year.
May 29, 2014 - 1:46 PM - by dgstorm
Despite worries that U.S. regulators will "poo poo" the merger, the deal for Sprint to buy T-Mobile now looks a great deal closer to reality than ever before. Apparently, Deutsche Telekom has been in direct talks to sell their 67% stake in T-Mobile to Softbank (Sprint's majority owner). This is an almost sneaky way for this deal to push through as there are far fewer regulatory hurdles to jump through to make it happen. It will be much tougher for any U.S. governmental agency to stop the sale of a majority ownership from one non-American company to another non-American company.
To be clear, just because this is a back door way to push this deal through, does not mean there aren't ways for the FCC and/or the Department of Justice to stymy the deal. Things simply get a great deal more complicated than before. Regardless, it seems obvious now that Softbank's Chairman, Chairman Masayoshi Son is very serious about the T-Mo buyout, and it is also apparent that Deutsche Telekom wants to dump their stake in T-Mobile. Here's a quote with a few more details,
It's also interesting to note that Sprint has been courting banks to raise upwards of $50 Billion dollars for this deal. This is obviously substantially more than the failed T-Mobile and AT&T merger from two years ago, which was valued at $36 Billion. This makes sense considering how much traction T-Mobile's Uncarrier initiative has made in the U.S. mobile landscape.
Sources familiar with the Softbank-Deutsche Telekom talks said any deal would depend on whether they can persuade regulators to change their minds.
The two sides have been chipping away at other issues.
One possibility is for Deutsche Telekom to retain a roughly 15 percent in T-Mobile US as part of a deal, the sources said. That would help reduce the size of the equity check that Sprint has to write for T-Mobile US, while giving Deutsche Telekom the chance to benefit from potential synergies from the merger, they said.
Deutsche Telekom may also be more accommodating with Softbank regarding a break-up fee than it was with AT&T, the sources said. That is because T-Mobile is likely to be the surviving brand and its CEO, John Legere, is likely to lead the new combined company, thus avoiding a loss of subscribers and momentum it had to contend with during the drawn out regulatory process with AT&T, two of the sources said.
May 29, 2014 - 10:47 AM - by dgstorm
May 29, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm
Although we already reported that HTC was planning to eventually announce a "premium" version of their HTC One M8, today's latest rumor suggests there won't be just one, but actually two new versions of the flagship phone. According to this new intel, HTC's premium version of the HTC One M8 will be called the HTC One M8 Plus and will include higher-end features like a QHD 2K display, a Snapdragon 805, and a waterproof metal chassis.
This isn't really much different than what we have already heard; however, the new info also includes a device called the HTC One M8 Advance. Supposedly, this will be a plastic shelled device heading to Asian markets with the same specs but a lower price. As always, take these rumors with a grain of salt, although this meal seems tasty (and viable) enough to be true.
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