Google has just dropped a Google Translate update into the Play Store, bringing it into a new ICS-flavored age. The most obvious change is the switch over to a Holo interface complete with clean drop down menus, an action bar, and better speech recognition. For the weary world traveler, things also get easier with wider language support.
The app performs sometimes imperfect text translation between 64 different languages. The app can also listen and transcribe spoken words in 17 languages to save you keystrokes. This version ups the number of dialects that can be spoken out loud by the phone to 40, including Esperanto (which people totally still speak someplace). Read More
If Toyota made a phone, it would be the Huawei Ascend P1. I don't mean that as an insult. It's an objective assessment of what the P1 is; namely, the Camry V6 of smartphones. It's not entry level - it's actually fairly beefy - but it's no cutting-edge speed-demon, either. It caters to the sense of pragmatism, rather than the lustful desires, of those who would buy it, all at a class-leading value.
If, for example, you were to line up a Galaxy Nexus, HTC One S, and a Huawei Ascend P1 (let's take network compatibility and the $400 GSM Nexus in the US aside, here), and force someone to buy one for its unlocked retail MSRP, I imagine almost everyone concerned with value would choose the Huawei. Read More
While Samsung pushes its newest flagship, the Galaxy S III, out all over the world, a few markets have been rumored to get a version with modified guts. Rumors previously circulated that the Japanese variant of the device would include twice the RAM of its global counterpart, and now we're hearing straight from Samsung that the Canadian variant will, in fact, come with 2GB of RAM. Additional internal changes include a 1.5GHz S4 processor (sorry, no quad-core Exynos in the Great White North), and LTE.
While the rumors of a Japanese variant including 2GB of RAM were not yet officially confirmed, this certainly lends a huge amount of credence to the story. Read More
Some people are simply amazing with remembering faces. I'm not one of them. Evernote, creator of the widely-renowned note-taking app of the same name, has set out to help me with Evernote Hello. I guess you guys can use the app too. The app is a visual contact list that puts your contacts' faces front and center. It even allows you to take down notes of how you met someone, and tie notes in your Evernote account to your contacts' encounters.
The app actually takes a pretty unique and, for the digital world, intimate approach to creating contacts. You can add new people the usual way, by importing them from your existing contacts or adding them manually, or you can hand your phone over to the person you want to add. Read More
If you spend an unhealthy amount of time looking for event tickets, then you've probably been to Ticketmaster a time or ten. And if you've been to Ticketmaster, then you know just how many events are covered under its umbrella.
However, if you're not sitting at your computer when you hear about an event or the mood strikes you to buy tickets of some kind, you were pretty much out of the loop until you made your way to a PC. Now, though, that all changes: Ticketmaster has released its official Android app in to the Play Store.
Yep, it's ugly. Read More
SwiftKey is a fan favorite keyboard replacement for Android. Enthusiasts, though, know there's always a better SwiftKey out there. The current beta, named SwiftKey 3, is currently being put through its paces by the community, and yet another iteration has rolled out that brings some marked improvements to the input alternative.
Among the improvements:
- Improved prediction algorithms
- Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
- Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
- A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
- Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
- Improved gestures
- Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
- Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements
The update brings extra improvements to an already fantastic keyboard replacement. Read More
Sony loves making stuff that's hard to break. The Xperia Active was probably the pinnacle of this obsession (see: hilariously awesome video), but now that Sony has decided to make pretty much all of its phones look exactly the same, it's out with the old, in with the new.
The Go and Acro S are the newest additions to Sony's rugged family, and for rugged phones, they don't look nearly as god-awful ugly as almost everything else in that segment of the market. In fact, the press images make it pretty hard to tell they've been ruggedized at all.
The Go and Acro S, pictured respectively, will be available in Q3 this year (so, by September 2012). Read More
Sprint just updated its support docs for the Samsung Conquer 4G with details of a new OTA update set to begin rolling out at any moment. It's a rather small and nondescript update that just brings a couple of fixes and enhancements:
- 4G Modem Update - not customer impacting
- Lock screen changes - swipe in any direction to unlock
Like I said, it's minor. The update should begin rolling out today or tomorrow and will complete its rollout process within ten days. You can see if the update is available on your device by heading into Settings > About phone > System updates. Read More
Update: You can download the latest beta build 1.8.4 from here.
At the Galaxy S III launch event, it was revealed that the device would ship with an exclusive build of Flipboard, a fancy news reader that is wildly popular over on iOS. Not long after that, the apk was pull from the Galaxy S III ROM leak. Our own John Thompson took it for a spin and came away impressed.
But the big question was: when will we officially see Flipboard become available for more than a solitary device? We [kind-of] have an answer to that now: soon. Read More
Update: The OTA update's rollout has been pushed back to June 4.
Owners of the T-Mobile version of HTC's One S (check out our review) can expect a minor (about 24MB) over the air update
tomorrow, May 31st June 4th, bringing some small changes and bug fixes to the device. The change log, below:
Android version 4.0.3 / Software version 84.531.2 710RD - Current version
- Android version 4.0.3 / Software version 1.84.531.2 710RD
- Updated 5/31/2012
- Resolves goodbye splash not appearing when powering off due to low battery.
- Resolves voicemail indicator not appearing while using Wi-Fi calling.