It’s the same system as Google Voice Search on Android Honeycomb tablets and Android smartphones, but now available for desktops (meaning all computers thatn use Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux). The Voice Search tool is available in 27 languages and dialects, and which purportedly covers around 5 billion people or two-thirds of the world’s voices. The feature will be released soon this week for Chrome users.
Instant Pages is another feature added to Google Chrome, which allows you to instantly load a web page faster than Chrome ever could on any web connection. It is in fact so fast, it’s mind-blowing (it really, really is). Instant Pages launches this week in Chrome Beta, and is available today in the dev version of Chrome. It also will launch on mobile devices in the coming weeks.
There’s also Google Images with Instant, which works just like the text variant. Also interesting is search with an image, which as stated, allows you to search images with an image, or with detailed text. This feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks. Via: Google
What’s the catch? Well, it only works on AT&T 3G bands and T-Mobile 2G, as well as some phone carriers overseas (unless some hacking is performed). The price for a black 16GB model? $649. Pricey for sure, but if you have the extra dough lying around, it’s worth it if you don’t want to jailbreak your shiny new iPhone 4, which sooner or later this year, will get succeeded by new iPhone hardware of some sort. Just saying. Via: Apple Store[Thanks, Artsy Editor for letting us write this post on your new app!]
It’s the Toshiba Thrive (I’m going to stop with these happy intros in posts, just you wait)! Containing a vibrant and happy (so it seems) 10-inch touchscreen with 1280×800 resolution, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor at 1GHz, dual cameras (5 megapixel on the back, 2 megapixel up front), a gig (that being 1GB) of RAM and a 23WHr battery, but it also brings a nice port selection, like full-size HDMI, USB 2.0 and SD card slots. Also included is the removable battery (pretty cool huh?) and the back which can be swapped for different colored ones for about $20 each. Pre-ordering the Thrive will cost you $430 for the 8GB model, followed by the 16GB unit priced at $480 and the 32GB model at a more expensive $580. Toshiba plans for the Thrive to start shipping in July at the earliest. Via: Toshiba
Got a Panasonic LUMIX GF1? Too bad. Just go the GF2? Too slow. The GF3 was just announced, and it’ll make you more pissed off about your expensive camera purchases for serious photography then ever before. It hass 12.1 megapixel resolution, which uses Panasonic’s latest imaging processor technology, shoots 1080i AVCHD video, has a 3-inch touchscreen, ISO range of 160 to 6400, and the usual array of Intelligent Auto enhancements, as well as a little note — the GF2 isn’t going anywhere. Both will be sold at the same time. Also, it is 15 percent lighter than the GF2, and 17 percent smaller, and contains no hot shoe for attached external flashes and the like.
Now for pricing: the LUMIX GF3 will be released in July for $699 with a 14mm lens, then in late-August with a cheaper $599 kit that comes with a 14-42mm lens.Also, the GF3 comes in either black, white, red or brown shades. Just FYi. PR after the cut.
It’s a software update for a new Android phone! Yay! The current over-the-air update for the Samsung Droid Charge fuxes the awful mobile hotspot bug which required you to set the handset’s time back to May in order for it to work, as well as GPS improvments and battery life fixing when making phone calls and such. As I also noticed, after updating a Droid Charge for myself to see the changes, you can also tell there’s a new signal indicator next to the 4G LTE icon. The update rolls out gradually, so don’t fret if you don’t have your update just yet. Via: Verizon
So, when was the last time we heard news of the Galaxy S II making its way to the United States? Quite a while, acutally. But today, that has changed for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II that is probably branded under another name — and seen above with its HDMI dock. More waiting, it seems. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to do other things (i.e., read, listen to the Google Music Beta app, or play Minecraft). Oh, and about pricing, the HDMI dock is purportedly going to cost $68 (if that’s even true, which no one really knows).