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Google Introduces New Android Features

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the so-advanced-you-don't-even-need-it dept.

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adeelarshad82 writes "Google introduced the next generation of interaction with its Android operating system by introducing a set of new features. The most prominent one is the voice-driven actions. Google executives outlined 12 new 'Voice Actions for Android,' including phone calls, reminder e-mails, direction search, and music search. The app is called 'Voice Search,' requires Android 2.2, and is available in the Android Market now. Voice actions can be triggered by clicking the 'microphone' icon on the screen. Saying 'call John Smith at home' will trigger the contacts list and voice dialer, 'find art museums in Amsterdam' would launch a Google Maps application, and 'listen to Ace of Base' will search for music from the artist on Pandora, Last.fm, or another music application. Another improvement worth a mention is 'Chrome to Phone,' allows users to click on a new 'mobile phone' icon to send links, YouTube videos, even directions, to the phone. So far, the features are exclusive to Android phones and US English, although the capabilities will be moved to other languages and other operating systems (including the iPhone) in the future." Add reader CWmike: "JR Raphael takes a first look at Voice Actions for Android, and tells you how to get voice control even if you are not on Froyo."

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Please don'd die (5, Funny)

pirot (894930) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233518)

My most common command to my Google Nexus phone is: "Please (beeeeep) battery, do not die. It's been just 3 hours since I fully charged you." I hope that the next generation of Android will teach the phone to obey.

Re:Please don'd die (0)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233650)

I get that even on an old HTC Diamond (running a hacked version of Android with no power saving), so if you're getting that little, you should check your battery. I would believe as little as 8 hours of heavy use though. Whoever figures out how to store a magnitude increase in power for portable devices is going to make an absolute killing. It's the biggest obstacle to portable computing right now.

Re:Please don'd die (3, Informative)

Jesterboy (106813) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233796)

My most common command to my Google Nexus phone is: "Please (beeeeep) battery, do not die. It's been just 3 hours since I fully charged you." I hope that the next generation of Android will teach the phone to obey.

You're exaggerating by quite a bit or you have a broken phone. I got ~30 hours on a single charge running stock Nexus One ROM. I am currently running Cyanogenmod 6.0-RC2, and after 8.5 hours of a few calls, a few Youtube/Flash videos and a whole lot of internet browsing I still have 71% charge left.

Maybe you have the brightness cranked to the highest setting? Enabling Automatic Brightness (Settings->Display->Brightness in Cyanogen; probably the same in stock) will make the biggest difference in battery life. Although, even running it at the highest brightness setting, I've managed somewhere over 12 hours of time after a full charge.

Re:Please don'd die (1)

tyrione (134248) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233874)

My most common command to my Google Nexus phone is: "Please (beeeeep) battery, do not die. It's been just 3 hours since I fully charged you." I hope that the next generation of Android will teach the phone to obey.

You're exaggerating by quite a bit or you have a broken phone. I got ~30 hours on a single charge running stock Nexus One ROM. I am currently running Cyanogenmod 6.0-RC2, and after 8.5 hours of a few calls, a few Youtube/Flash videos and a whole lot of internet browsing I still have 71% charge left.

Maybe you have the brightness cranked to the highest setting? Enabling Automatic Brightness (Settings->Display->Brightness in Cyanogen; probably the same in stock) will make the biggest difference in battery life. Although, even running it at the highest brightness setting, I've managed somewhere over 12 hours of time after a full charge.

I believe he's citing actual continuous talk time, not idle time.

Re:Please don'd die (2, Informative)

pirot (894930) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234056)

Yes, I am exaggerating. And yes, I actively using the phone, so it never lasts a full day. Not that many other smartphones last much longer. To whomever maked me as troll: understand the difference between humorous and serious comments.

Re:Please don'd die (2, Funny)

Thinboy00 (1190815) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234182)

Yeah, that person should turn in their geek card; who hasn't used a smartphone continuously for an extended period of time?

Re:Please don'd die (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234062)

Who the hell is on the phone for 3 hours? I don't talk that much on the damn thing in a month.

Re:Please don'd die (1)

pirot (894930) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234112)

Using, not talking.

Re:Please don'd die (2, Informative)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234180)

I use my droid all damn day, it gets charged over night. If I watched flash videos for maybe 3 hours that might do it. The GPS is a real killer though, I just plug it in when its in the car dock.

Re:Please don'd die (2)

pirot (894930) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234306)

Maybe it is the GPS then. I used to have it always on in my BBerry Curve, and I had no problems. Thanks for the advice!

Re:Please don'd die (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234384)

Try turning it off. I only have a problem when I use the navigate though, but I turn that and wifi and bluetooth off when I don't need them. Power widget is great for that.

If you had a blackberry Curve, I doubt you had no problems:)

Re:Please don'd die (1)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234312)

Well apparently some people have friends and colleagues that like to call them and have discussions. While others apparently are loners and use their phone only to order take out.

Yay (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33233526)

I wonder if this will work as good as my Google Voice recognition... recent message: "Not long way because I thought they were. What slobs. I know that there is You know one before the other but sorry about the got a computer Yeah, and Over. For for."

Can't wait to see these voice actions in action!

Re:Yay (1, Informative)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233992)

Doesn't matter what the new features are. Verizon & friends will rip them out and replace them with pay-to-play versions.

Re:Yay (2, Informative)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234070)

They have not been doing that recently, all the android phones have google navigation instead of the verizon thing.

Re:Yay (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234050)

It actually works really well, it only likes short English words though. It does not like German words used in English for one, both schadenfreude and Reinheitsgebot failed

Re:Yay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33234286)

Yes, but zeitgeist and gestalt worked fine for me (also German words used in English). Then again, I have found that not only do these apps (Google Voice's transcription, Android's Voice Search) work only with English, they work best with a male native Californian as the speaker. It's a plus for me that I happen to be a native male Californian.

Part of the bluetooth voice dialing (5, Interesting)

stevew (4845) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233530)

This feature is really part of the upgrade to the bluetooth stack me thinks. Up until now, there was no way to do voice dialing with Android phones. There was a problem in the bluetooth stack (as explained by a little birdie who lives at google to me some months ago.) Android 2.2 can now perform this action even though my old Samsung phone has had the feature for 2 years Plus..

Re:Part of the bluetooth voice dialing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33233738)

It does a lot more than that, but yes, they were behind until today. Now its voice commands are far more powerful than any other phone OS that I know of.

Re:Part of the bluetooth voice dialing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33234048)

Really? Because from day 1 on my droid I just hit the voice search button, say, 'Call Bob', and a window pops up asking if I want to call bob. I do have to hit a button on the phone to confirm which name I want to dial, so I can't dial from exclusively using voice, but I like confirming the name.

Re:Part of the bluetooth voice dialing (0)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234226)

On my myTouch and Nexus 1, voice dialing worked from day one as well. My big complaint was that there was NOT a confirmation button. This meant that when the phone invariably got the wrong name, it would call the wrong person. I have heard people complain that Android couldn't do voice dialing, but I have yet to see one that doesn't.

Re:Part of the bluetooth voice dialing (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234142)

I certainly hope so. I was really disappointed to find that voice dialing did not work on the Android, even though my old Motorola...whatever it was, the next step down from the RAZR, I think...did voice dialing over bluetooth just fine. I've got a bluetooth headset on my motorcycle helmet, and, well, it's difficult to pull the phone out of a zippered pocket, dial the phone number on a touch screen and hold the phone during a call while on a bike :)

(Cue the "don't ride and talk, you @#$!!! idiot!" posts in 3...2...1...)

Re:Part of the bluetooth voice dialing (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234296)

What the iPhone has that feature for like a year. I thought all iPhone features were lame while all android features were superior. I guess it is just a different set of priorities.

apple (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33233540)

Iphone had this a long time ago.

Re:apple (3, Informative)

LBArrettAnderson (655246) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233744)

It's much, much more powerful than what you see in the /. summary, and more powerful than what iPhone has. Yes, part of the update is overdue, but they went above and beyond.

Just need to shrink it down a little (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33233546)

*tap*

Picard to Enterprise.

Executives (2, Funny)

adewolf (524919) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233578)

Why do these companies insist on having executives being their spokespersons. No one trusts them or believes a word out their mouths.

Re:Executives (1)

Dalzhim (1588707) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233658)

To give them some credibility as people who are generally aware of most of what's going on inside.

Re:Executives (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234040)

Because we always believe what spokesman tell us.

Re:Executives (1)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234192)

It's not like Google executives are like BP's... wait... never mind.

Be sure to uninstall Chrome to Phone beta first (5, Informative)

deep9x (1068252) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233594)

If you had it previously installed, it'll silently just error out when you try to install the Marketplace version. Hopefully this comment will save 10 minutes of going "WTF?"

Can't you just start by saying... (1)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233604)

"Click microphone icon"

huh... (1)

unicorn child (1876498) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233608)

I think I have that on my phone...

Improving battery life would be a better strategy (2, Insightful)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233616)

While I congratulate Google on this achievement, I think Google and Android would be better served if there were better results when it comes to today's Android phones and battery life.

Just imagine what the the headline "Android phones can now maintain battery capacity at greater than 80% after an average day of use" would create.

The buzz and positive publicity with this kind of information would be priceless.

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33233842)

While I congratulate Google on this achievement, I think Google and Android would be better served if there were better results when it comes to today's Android phones and battery life.

Just imagine what the the headline "Android phones can now maintain battery capacity at greater than 80% after an average day of use" would create.

The buzz and positive publicity with this kind of information would be priceless.

False dichotomy or thread drift?

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (0)

James Carnley (789899) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233880)

A phone battery just has to last long enough to make it through a whole day of normal use, anything more would best be used to increase functionality or ease of use.

Most everyone will charge their battery overnight, resulting in a fresh start for a whole new day's worth of entertainment and productivity.

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233882)

Even my X10 Mini can maintain battery life for 72 hours straight with limited use. Try turning off WLAN and Bluetooth when you don't use it, or change their power saving configuration, and turn down the brightness of your screen.

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (1)

freedumb2000 (966222) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234026)

At least on Android 1.6 on my HTC Magic what sucks the most battery is scrolling! Yes, the normal finger swipe you do in about every application of the phone. Try installing a task viewer and watch the cpu cycles jump up to 80% for the simple act of moving around the screen. Either it's just my phone or there is something highly un-optimized in Android.

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234178)

I replaced my home screen after reading that some people experienced better battery life. Used ADW.Launcher for some time, and now Zeam. (Yes, iPhone users, you can replace the whole "desktop" without rooting or even allowing apps from outside the market.) I have no idea whether it actually helped, but at least the UI is a bit more flexible now. And yes, I get several days of light use, and at least a whole one with playing games and watching Futurama.

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (1)

TrancePhreak (576593) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234236)

Scrolling causes redraw. This is true of just about any application.

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33234032)

Not sure what you are doing wrong, but I can last a few days on a single battery charge with my Nexus One.

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234060)

Um, my Nexus One has perfectly fine battery life. Admittedly it isn't as good as my old Razr, but I don't have to plug it in every day unless I'm really using it a lot. Which is to be expected, really.

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234156)

I'd be happy with 50% charge after an average workday of use...

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (1)

kaiser423 (828989) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234216)

I find that Android quite aggressively re-computes battery drain values, or has a bug somewhere in it's battery routines.

For a while there, I was getting home in the evenings with 40% battery life, so I started charging it at work for a bit everyday, and my battery life went to absolute crap! What's wrong with it I said?!?!

So, the next couple of days I left it run all the way down until Android decided to turn the phone off to protect the battery.

Exact same usage patterns now and I end the day with 70% or more battery life. The OS just needed to remember what a fully drained battery looked like. It took probably 4 full drains before the OS re-calculated what a fully drained battery looked like, and now it's like butter. Tons of battery life.

FWIW, Sapphire 1.0, 250-1000MHz low voltage kernel w/ Incognito theme, no live wallpaper. Weather, twitter and facebook widgets updating every 10 minutes. A gmail and an exchange account and calendars for syncing also.

Re:Improving battery life would be a better strate (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234254)

I noticed a recent improvement in battery life on my Nexus One. I wonder if that is the reason...

The next Android ad (5, Funny)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233618)

User: "Tea. Earl Grey. Black"

Android Phone: "Here I am, brain the size of a planet..." *Sigh*

Hold on, maybe that's the new iPhone ad...

Re:The next Android ad (1)

mynicknamewasused (962741) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233814)

hot?

Re:The next Android ad (1)

magus_melchior (262681) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234146)

What would be even better: At the end of the song, it reminds you in Patrick Stewart's voice, "Next time, order it hot, not black."

Re:The next Android ad (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234194)

Earl Grey is a black tea. You could have it hot if you wanted though.

Re:The next Android ad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33234224)

Ahhh!!!!! What a desecration! It's Tea. Earl Grey. Hot!

I was going to order a tea this way once at a high tea place but then chickened out when the server came and just ordered it normally.

Re:The next Android ad (1)

ben_kelley (234423) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234274)

The first million years were the worst. So were the second million.

"Separate saucer section" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33233630)

"security protocol authorization Riker Omega Three"

Voice control (1, Troll)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233642)

iPhone has had voice control since last year when 3GS was launched.

I don't find such things useful, but I imagine for the disabled or car drivers it can be handy.

Re:Voice control (4, Informative)

timeOday (582209) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233690)

How much voice control? "Find nearest gas station" sounds like a handy thing to do, without trying to peck away at a (virtual) keyboard while driving. (We'll assume the driver is using a dash mount [buy.com] ). Does the iPhone do this? Maybe it does, I wouldn't know.

Of course, it all hinges on how well it actually works. My Garmin 60 CS has the ability to search for "points of interest" (including gas stations). But searching is so clunky and inaccurate - especially compared to what we're now used to with google maps - you only use it when you really must.

Re:Voice control (1)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233850)

I think the iPhone bing / google apps do?

THe builtin voice control definitely does NOT do that. With builtin OS voice control you can dial from address book, dial by number, play songs (by artist, etc), maybe some other things I'm forgetting, but that's all I ever use.

Re:Voice control (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234134)

While there are iPhone apps for doing voice search, they aren't integrated into the voice search on the iPhone.

Assuming that it works similarly to speech recognition on the Mac, it recognizes a fixed list of words which can be followed by other words which can be followed by other words and so on.

So, for example, the iPhone could hear "Find" and know that it needs to do a google search. It could hear "nearest" after find and know that it should only get map information from the Google search. "Gas Station" would be something it couldn't cope with, unfortunately, unless it was in a humongous list along side "airport", "Best Buy", "campground", "DMV", "emergency room", "family planning clinic", "Honda dealer", "internet cafe", "jenny craig", "KFC", "mosque", "Office Depot", "police station", "restaurant", "subway", "tennis court", "unemployment office", "White Castle", and "YMCA." That's a bit much for a phone to handle.

Re:Voice control (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234210)

Maybe a bit much for an iPhone, but my droid handles it fine. "Map of Gas Station" and it shows me the nearest one. "Navigate to Gas Station" gets me directions there.

Re:Voice control (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234376)

>>How much voice control? "Find nearest gas station"

Given how terrible voice recognition is, I wouldn't want to rely on it for voice navigation anyway.

Re:Voice control (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233944)

It will send an email and take dictation for that email?

Because that is what this does.

WiFI Proxy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33233662)

The new Android feature I would like is the ability to use a proxy while using WiFi. You know, this one. [google.com]

'listen to Ace of Base' (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33233670)

Will trigger a pop-up on you calendar that says - in effect - "It is no longer 1996."

Re: 'listen to Ace of Base' (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233848)

...will cause a giant hand to materialize, slapping you in the face.

Re: 'listen to Ace of Base' (0, Troll)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234316)

at least that will be an improvement over the giant black dick slapping you in the face.

Can it answer questions? (2, Informative)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233676)

Actions are nice, but so is the ability to ask questions.

On my iPhone, if I'm listening to my music, I can ask "What song is this?" and the phone will tell me the name of the song and the band playing it.

Re:Can it answer questions? (3, Insightful)

thewils (463314) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233764)

Or, if you are like most of the people I've seen with an iphone you could ask any of the twenty people sat near you. They'll probably tell you who it is too.

Re:Can it answer questions? (1)

ben_kelley (234423) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234288)

And if any of those people also have an iphone, there's an app ....

Oh never mind

#irc.trooltalk.com (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33233704)

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Now, on to fixes (3, Interesting)

Anomalyx (1731404) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233716)

While Google tends to be better than others at prioritizing fixes vs enhancements, they seem to not be doing as well here.
This achievement is certainly commendable, and congrats to Google on making an advanced voice command platform. But come on, I still can't set SMS or email reminders on my Google Calendar in the Calendar app! Or on the Google Calendar mobile site, for that matter!
Sorry for picking on Calendar, but that's one thing that bugs me, because I use it all the time and have to either get on a computer or fumble around on the desktop site on my phone if I want to set my reminders.
Oh yeah, battery life would be nice, too.

Re:Now, on to fixes (2, Informative)

rotide (1015173) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234084)

Actually, for all the good Google has done on Android, one of my biggest pet peeves is something so simple, yet they haven't fixed it yet.

Being able to move emails into folders through the mail app while using an exchange email server. This simple function basically neuters any real work email functionality. In their online tracker it is listed as a feature request and not a bug. Go figure.

Re:Now, on to fixes (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234164)

That is not a bug, just a new feature. A bug is when something is supposed to do one thing, but does not or does not do it well. A new feature is when you want something that has not been done so far to be implemented. Moving mail to folders is a good example.

Either way, Moxier, Roadsync and touchdown all support this.

Commence attack by the iPhone fanbois (-1, Flamebait)

hellfire (86129) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233724)

I know many of us are thinking it...

OMG everyone complained about Voice Control on the iPhone coming late and all this time Android didn't have it and iPhone has had it for over a year and you people still can't fix your battery issues? iPh0ne is l337, j00r Andr01d suxx0rs!

Now while all the iPhone fanbois are busy celebrating on your perceived killshot, the Nokia fanbois are sneaking up behind you ready to club you with almost two decades of history, but they will be given away as their phone beeps asking to install something called Cabir. The WebOS fanbois will try to call to an end to the violence, but no one can hear them, and the Blackberri fanbois will just ignore it all, acting all superior and pretending to do work when they are really just looking at pron.

Oh gosh... (-1, Troll)

RocketRabbit (830691) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233742)

Phone technology crawls on in the mud, and Google can be proud that their phones aren't lagging too far behind any more.

I find it hard to believe that Google is crowing about voice activated dialing and voice activated "functions" which were present in phones made what, 5-10 years ago now?

This isn't a new feature to Droid, it's an upgrade (3, Informative)

funkylovemonkey (1866246) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233772)

The droid operating system has had voice commands for a long time now, my Droid 1 came with them back in December when I bought it. It's even been featured in commercials before. What this is isn't so much as a new program as it is a polished expansion of what was already there. They added more commands and those voice commands can now interact with other apps more easily. The voice recognition also seems improved, but I could be wrong since it was never a feature I used very much. The widget was also updated slightly. Really this is just one of many updates that have come with the release of 2.2 and the Droid 2.

Re:This isn't a new feature to Droid, it's an upgr (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233954)

You could just update your droid and get this new feature. CM6 is quite nice.

My Samsung Moment with Android 2.1 does this... (2, Informative)

WilliamGeorge (816305) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233780)

With the search widget, which I assumed was built into Android itself, you can already do a myriad of similar tasks. I can call, pull up a contact, search, get directions, and more. I am *not* talking about Nuance, which Sprint also provides as their own app - I'm just talking about the generic search widget which takes either text or voice input. Is this new 'feature' just an improvement upon that, or is there some other nuance about the new service which I am missing?

Whoop freakin' Doo (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233812)

My Motorola Cliq (which I really like) seems to be forever stuck at 1.5 (thanks T-Mobile). So I doubt I will ever get to see/use these features.

Re:Whoop freakin' Doo (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233970)

My Motorola Cliq (which I really like) seems to be forever stuck at 1.5 (thanks T-Mobile).

As far as I know, it's not T-Mobile's fault. It's Google's for refusing to support hardware that's more than a week old.

Re:Whoop freakin' Doo (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234088)

No, it is motorola. My droid has 2.2 on it, the OTA will not come out for ages.

Re:Whoop freakin' Doo (1)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234166)

Google doesn't make the hardware. It's the OEM who makes the Cliq's fault.

Re:Whoop freakin' Doo (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234008)

There have been 2.1 Cliq roms for months at least if not longer. Should be 2.2 roms soon if not already.

Already here for awhile (1)

sponga (739683) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233820)

I could have sworn this has been on the platform forever.

I use the Cyanogenmod and I remember the Voice Dialer/Search have been on there since 1.6 and even 1.5.

I have on my G1 2.1 right now as we speak. This has been around forever or am I missing something from this article.

Re:Already here for awhile (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233960)

Yeah you did miss something. It now does a bunch more. I just had it send an email using only voice commands. Including the body of the email.

Re:Already here for awhile (2, Informative)

sponga (739683) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234188)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGbYVvU0Z5s [youtube.com]
I see they did at it for texting, I wish the summary would just have a link to the Youtube video as they describe everything in there. This is awesome because it truly means hands free, now I almost want to replace the camera button as a shortcut button for search as it would be convenient to get to everything. Some of the newer phones have a 'voice' button already built into the hardware interface.

But this is brilliant "Send text to bill burgs lets meet outside the....", I wonder how this will hold up in court as 'hands free' while texting. But officer I wasn't texting I was voice texting. I wonder how bluetooth handsets will integrate with these features.

Re:Already here for awhile (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234230)

If you install CM6 then use titanium backup to remove the built in Voice Search you can upgrade to this now.

Re:Already here for awhile (1)

sponga (739683) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234350)

awesome tip, thanks; but I might hold off until they get apps2sd working on my poor weak G1
Do I just uninstall through Titanium Backup correct? No need to wipe date/delete the app through Titanium?

Link for anyone interested in CyanogenMod 6(2.2)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=722801 [xda-developers.com]

For all those not running stock roms (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33233972)

If you are running a non stock rom, you will need to use titanium backup or another tool to remove the stock voice search, then reboot and install this new one from the market.

Does this run locally or on Google's servers? (2, Interesting)

joh (27088) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234014)

Is Googles just trying to gather more data on their servers by beaming your voice to their servers which send commands back then? Or is this really running on your phone's hardware?

Re:Does this run locally or on Google's servers? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234126)

It needs the 3g, turns the voice into some hash then does a lookup.

Re:Does this run locally or on Google's servers? (5, Interesting)

joh (27088) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234340)

It needs the 3g, turns the voice into some hash then does a lookup.

So Google sees what you're saying and stores it on their servers hanging off your Google account? The same with every page or map you send from Chrome to your phone? Yeah, this is the same then as with everything Google does here.

1) Throw people a nice sweet bait
2) Get their personal data
3) Profit!

I will start to consider Android as soon as Google starts to transfer and store all personal data encrypted, with no way to read it or to link it up with other personal data of mine, except those data points I want to have linked up. Right, and give me a way to browse ALL data that gets stored off my phone at Google and a way to delete it if I want to. This would be the very least that should be required from them.

That's great but... (0, Offtopic)

Simulant (528590) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234104)

...my 6 month old phone will apparently never get 2.2. (Samsung Moment/Sprint)

This is exactly what I was expecting to avoid with an android based phone. Silly me.
Not only does it suck to to have to renew my 2 year contract & shell out a few hundred bucks every 6 months to get a phone that has up-to-date software... it's just fucking wasteful.

Yeah, I know... Sprint sucks. As do they all, in one way or another.

Re:That's great but... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234138)

Next time buy a phone cyanogen or another modder group supports. The retailer nor manufacturer want to bother updating phones.

Re:That's great but... (1)

Simulant (528590) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234260)

Yeah... that's good advice except that you still need to lag the cutting edge by a good 6 months to a year to figure out which phones are going to have the best support.

Also... some of us can't afford to switch carriers to get a certain model phone.

Re:That's great but... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234332)

Not at all, some phones are supported out of the gate.

Re:That's great but... (1)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234272)

Keep in mind that you may lose some stability using cyanogen instead of the manufacturer's version. Not to mention you have to acquire the Google apps separately (usually hosted on a friendly server). I've rooted my phone and am playing with CM6RC2. Even though it's bleeding edge, I am having better results than CM 5.0.8. Neither version is as stable as the Donut 1.6 that T-Mobile provided.

I'd always take a manufacturer's actively updated firmware over a DIY Cyanmod version. I'd just finally got tired of waiting on T-Mobile and took the plunge.

Looks like we have to choose between "Direct manufacturer support and stability (iPhone)" and "freedom of applications (Android)".

Re:That's great but... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234354)

I have had no problems, lucky I guess. If anything the random in pocket reboots went away on my droid. It was happening when I left it screen towards skin and bent over which pressed the top button.

With ROM manager, it handles getting everything for you, no need to get the google apps or do anything yourself. Premium version is like $4 and even does updates when they come out.

HTML5 Audio (1)

Samulus Maximus (1868098) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234284)

Too bad the default browser doesn't support the HTML5 audio tag :-( That's how I stream my music to my other stuff.

Not as meaningful as you think (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33234290)

Android updates won't mean as much as most of you think, until Google goes to bat for the consumer versus the telcos currently hobbling the platform with bloatware, malware, and old OS versions. The Nexus One was certainly buried fast enough to satisfy even the crankiest telco CEO.

Re:Not as meaningful as you think (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234368)

You can still buy them, costs $25 to become a dev though. That or just get any phone with an unlocked bootloader or supported by modders.

Would be interesting if Android was actually open (1, Offtopic)

cstec (521534) | more than 4 years ago | (#33234342)

After shopping Android tablets hard for the last few days, the reality is there are lots of potentially great Android devices - that can't have apps. They can't because the "open" OS Android won't let you access Marketplace without ponying up to Google. (Let alone use Google's apps.) Net result is you get a device that's crippled compared to even a base Linux distro.

Yet /. invariably front pages what they do, because they successfully pitched Android as 'open' while keeping core functionality (the app market!) closed and /. fell for it. This reflects badly on /. as much as Google - if you're going to rip on proprietary OS's, you better crap on Android too.

TFA reads "Google introduced the next generation of interaction with its Android operating system". Well that needs to be clarified. Are these new features available for Android, the open OS available all over now? Or is this just more for Google Android, the proprietary OS with a marketplace and PIM functionality? I'm guessing the latter.

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