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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- Android market share to surge over next four years
- Why Android Is Stealing Share from iOS
- Bing to be on some, not all Verizon Android phones
- Android Now at 80,000 Market Apps
- Samsung considering Android-based TVs
- Samsung Galaxy Tab: An Android contender
- Take that, Samsung: Apple could sell 28M iPads in 2011
- Confirmed: HTC Droid Eris will not get Froyo
- Verizon's dual-mode HTC slider leaked by FCC
- T-Mobile G2 gets official, preorders starting soon
- Use Your Android Phone to "Jailbreak"Your PlayStation 3
App of the week
Notable App releases
- Six Fantasy Football Apps for Your Android Phone
- Google Maps 4.5 Hits Android Market with Walking Navigation Beta
Tip of the week
- 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!
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