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<img class="alignright wp-image-18734" title="Dropbox (Camera Upload)" src="http://9to5google.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/dropbox-camera-upload.jpg?w=288&h=420" alt="" width="288" height="420" /> An update to the Dropbox for Android client issued yesterday allows users to automatically save every photograph taken with a phone’s camera to their Dropbox in full resolution. A new setting to Turn on Camera Upload also lets you upload existing photos and videos over wireless or both wireless and cellular networks. In case of the latter, Dropbox will not upload large videos using a data plan; although, you can override the preference in settings .
A new German project makes Android phones significantly more secure for business communications--this could change the way people use smartphones, entirely. The project, Bizztrust , creates virtual "work phones" on Android smartphones, and employs BlackBerry-style encryption to guarantee secure communications. The new product has the potential to create headaches for Research In Motion (RIM), which uses security as a major selling point for BlackBerrys. Bizztrust is a modified version of the Android operating system that separates all installed applications into separate "work" and "personal" partitions. Control over apps in the "work" partition is handled by the end user's corporate IT team, which automatically updates and deletes work apps as needed.
While Apple continues to score wins in the use of its iPad for inflight entertainment, Boeing has chosen its nemesis – Google’s Android operating system – to provide music, video and even airline-specific apps for the next-gen 787 Dreamliner. According to Mark Larson, technical manager at Boeing’s Dreamliner Gallery, all 787s now in production will be fitted with Android-based servers and touchscreens. “Those Dreamliners that are being configured right now can get (Android)” Larson told Australian Business Traveller . Panasonic has already built the first 787-certified Android touchscreen, which is available in everything from economy seats to first-class suites. However, Larson explains that “a lot of the larger screens (for business and first class) will be non-touch because you can't reach them, although they’ve also got a prototype of gesturing,” so if your monitor is too far away you can control it using simple hand gestures.
By Neil Hughes Apple's initial legal victory over rival HTC in a patent infringement suit could pave the way for Apple to collect high royalties from devices running Google Android, according to one analysis. Mike Abramsky with RBC Capital Markets believes that Apple has the upper hand over HTC, which is a smaller handset maker with a limited portfolio of intellectual property.
By SHAYNDI RAICE A year after wireless carriers gave Google Inc. GOOG -1.06% a testy reception at their big industry conference in Barcelona, the software company's Android operating system has become the star of the show. Android powers every significant device launched at the Mobile World Congress and is benefiting from a big marketing push by Google to trumpet its arrival. Beyond the hype, it's becoming increasingly evident to carriers, handset makers and app developers that Android is on equal footing, if not surpassing in some ways, Apple Inc.'s AAPL -2.08% iOS platform.
Thanks to a partnership with Vlingo , owners of Android 2.0 or higher-equipped phones can now check in to Foursquare and update their status on Facebook and Twitter simply by speaking into their phones. To try it out, download the free Vlingo app to your Android handset. Using your voice, you can then update your location status on Foursquare by saying “check into Logan Airport”, locate your friends with commands like “where are my friends?” and “who’s nearby?”
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This morning Google held an event to showcase Android Honeycomb, the new version of the mobile OS that is focused on tablets. There wasn’t much news around the OS — we’ve seen it previewed in a few demos — but the team did show off some of Honeycomb’s slickest features, like widgets and an improved 3D rendering engine. But what about actually using the tablet OS?
A couple days ago, outgoing Nokia smartphone head, Anssi Vanjoki, shared his warm feelings about the Android mobile operating system. Speaking to the Financial Times , he compared people using Android to Finnish boys who pee in their pants for warmth during a cold winter. Yes, he actually said that . So far, Google has stayed out of this pissing match. But if they were to respond, I imagine it would look something like this video below (created by Eclectic Method ).
This weekend, I’ve been catching up on some reading. One post that was of particular interest to me was David Beach’s article from last week about developing for Android . Beach, who is a product manager at eBay Mobile and a co-founder of 12seconds, basically says that the experience sucks for a number of reasons (all of which Google can fix, but will take quite a bit of work and time). But one quote in particular stuck out to me: Android has succeeded despite Google.
Like many projects in Silicon Valley (see: Twitter ), Chrome To Phone started as a mere side project at Google . Dave Burke, Google’s Engineering Manager for Mobile and the chief architect for Chrome To Phone, was just tinkering around with Google’s third party developer tools in his free time. Fascinated by the divide between mobile and desktop, he stumbled upon Chrome To Phone. “I created an early version that I sent around internally, and then I started getting sort of notes and e-mails from people going ‘Wow, this is really useful, thanks for creating it!’
Why go to a press conference, when the press conference can come to you? This morning Google held a press event in San Francisco to unveil a few new Android features including Google Voice Actions . Currently comprised of 13 “actions,” the sleek app allows user to verbally command their phones to perform a wide array of tasks such as to call a friend, find directions, dictate and send e-mail/text messages, call any business on Google Search, find songs, etc.
Today in at its office in San Francisco, Google has rounded up the press for an event with news on its mobile operating system, Android. Hugo Barra, Google’s Director of Product Management for Mobile, took the stage to discuss the evolution of mobile computing capabilities, when he shared a key new stat: 1 out of 4 queries on Android 2.0 devices in the US are being made using voice search. That’s a big deal, and it shows that Google’s investment in Voice Search is paying off. Barra says that even Google was surprised by just how frequently its users are using voice to generate search queries. During a Q&A Barra said that there is a “significant difference” in how many queries come from Google’s voice search application on iPhone, but he wouldn’t say exactly how many fewer queries the iPhone app receives. The discrepancy likely stems from the fact that Google voice search is deeply embedded in the Android OS, whereas you need to launch a separate, dedicated app to use it on iPhone.
Today at Google’s office in San Francisco, the mobile team took the stage to unveil a couple new products. Hugo Barra, Google’s director of product management for mobile kicked off things by noting that we’re entering the mobile supercomputing era. What he means by this is that thanks to computation in the cloud, modern mobile devices are actually more like supercomputers . The first new feature Google showed off was the ability to send text messages with your Android phone — using only your voice. This is a part of Google’s new Voice Action feature in their new version of the Voice Search application which is available starting today for Android phones. It’s awesome — but that’s not the only voice action, there are 12 of them (plus search) — and growing.
Today at its press event in San Francisco, Google has just announced that it is officially releasing Chrome-To-Phone, a Chrome Extension it showed off as a preview at Google IO. The extension allows you to take a page you’re currently viewing on your web browser and send it to your Android 2.2 device — if you’re looking at a map and want it on your phone, you can just click the ‘Chrome to Phone’ button in your browser, and your phone will immediately open that map in the Maps application. You can download the extension here .