Android Atlas Weekly 15: One Bing to rule them all (podcast)

Android continues to surge, Bing replaces Google search on some Verizon phones, and using your phone to jailbreak your PS3. Plus we cover the CNET News app and dig into the world of Widgets and shortcuts. This week's special guest: Senior Associate Editor, Nicole Lee!

Android continues to surge, Bing replaces Google search on some Verizon phones, and using your phone to jailbreak your PS3. Plus we cover the CNET News app and dig into the world of Widgets and shortcuts. This week's special guest: Senior Associate Editor, Nicole Lee!

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EPISODE 15

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  • Question: Do you think you guys could point me in the correct direction to better understand how to use widgets on my android. I find them terribly difficult to understand. Your discussion tends to focus on apps alone. Thanks for the help. Love the show.  Jason
  • Answer: You can add a number of things to your home screen by long-pressing an available spot and selecting from the menu that appears. For example, add a direct dial icon: Choose Shortcut > Direct Dial from the menu, select the contact, and boom!

E-mail (androidatlas@cnet.com)
Hey guys,
In episode 13, Justin mentioned the voice recognition ""works very well, except for names"". Well, since the last Google contacts update, there exists a ""Phonetic name"" field for your contacts. In Gmail, open Contacts, open a contact, and in the ""Add"" drop down, there is the field ""Phonetic name"". I can see how they can flesh this out to offer much better voice-to-text and text-to-voice.

In the mean time, it would be nice if they popped in a speaker button that would play back the name that you just phonetically entered.

My wife and I both use voice-to-text for several phone functions, just not the contact searches due to frustrations with past (non-Google) implementations. Until you've mentioned this, I've never thought to give it a try, till now.

Jon in Windsor, CA

 

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