Nuance comes at voice interactions in a slightly different way with Dragon Assistant than Google does with Now. Google Now is a search tool first and foremost, but there are some assistant-type functions grafted on too. Dragon Assistant is more conversational and handles a few complex tasks very well. In fact, it just got a better at a number of things. Nuance is releasing a big 4.0 update on Google Play.
In exactly two weeks, the bell will toll for Google Reader, taking down the infrastructure for quite a few popular RSS reader clients with it. But a few are sticking it out, including the developer of popular Android Google Reader client gReader. Noin Nion has decided to expand the basics of gReader into a new app, tentatively titled News+. The new app will add support for extensions synced to external multiple external sources, including Feedly; gReader is one of the launch partners for Feedly's new alternative backend.
This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.
Looking for the previous roundup editions?
The newest update includes support for the Android sharing intent system. This enables device-to-device sharing of content using the standard Android sharing menu. This could be very useful if you have more than one device, like a phone and tablet.
If you thought yesterday's app/game sales post was all we'd have this weekend, think again. Just in time for Father's day, we've found even more apps and games to keep you (and those close to you on Dad's day) glued to your respective mobile devices all weekend. As usual, we'll keep the list up-to-date as we discover more sales!
Imgur has become one of the standard Internet destinations for quick and dirty photo sharing, but its official Android app leaves a lot to be desired - though to be fair, it's still in beta. The latest update adds a much-needed Holo interface... sort of. The UI has definitely been improved over previous versions, and according to the changelog, it's Holo. While it's clear that the designers were trying for a more standardized app, the guidelines have been followed in some places and not others.
CPU-Z has long been a popular tool on the desktop for identifying hardware components quickly and easily. Now that same power has come to Android with the first beta release of CPU-Z in the Play Store.
There aren't a lot of bells and whistles in CPU-Z, but it knows absolutely everything about your hardware. It'll ID your ARM chip down to the revision number, find software and kernel versions, track RAM and processor load, and list all of your internal sensors.
In case you hadn't heard, Google Reader will be mercilessly and permanently shut down in just over two weeks. It's kind of a big deal. Not just because of the millions of readers who actively use it, but because of the services that rely on Reader as a backend for their own platforms. Press, a popular reader launched on Android with some fanfare back in December, is now preparing for the Readerpocalypse.