During the company’s Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday, Google announced updates to Android search that brings Siri-like functionality to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered smartphones. Users with phones running Jelly Bean will be able to speak questions rather than just search terms and Android will return answers to those questions. The new functionality presents users with spoken information just as Apple’s Siri solution does, removing the need to spend time looking through Web search results and clicking through websites. More →
Google showed off some killer new features for its Android operating system at Google I/O on Wednesday with its rollout of Android 4.1 (“Jellybean”). The first feature is “Project Butter,” a project aimed at improving Android’s overall performance. Among other things, the project improves the system frame rate to make it consistent at 60 frames per second and includes a power-saving measure that dials back a device’s CPU to a lower frequency and then ramps up when a user touches the screen.
Google during its annual I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday unveiled that 400 million Android devices have now been activated and a total of one million new Android devices are activated each day. The number represents a rate of 12 new devices being activated every second of every day. The Mountain View-based company announced that its Play Store has expanded and will not allow users to purchase TV shows and various magazines. The Internet giant also revealed that Android users have installed 20 billion apps through the Play Store, and that more than 50% of app revenue now comes from in-app purchases.
T-Mobile on Wednesday confirmed that chief executive officer Phillip Humm has resigned from the company affective immediately. Chief Operations Officer Jim Alling will replace Humm temporarily while T-Mobile seeks a new CEO. While the move seems quite sudden, T-Mobile would only say that Humm is looking to pursue a career outside of Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA’s parent company.
Google is seeking to block U.S. imports of Apple’s iPhone and iPad over 3G patents held by Motorola Mobility, Bloomberg is reporting.
UPDATE: Bloomberg is theorizing that due to a review of a previous ruling, Apple could face a ban on importing iPhones and iPads, but Google is not filing an injunction at this time.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced that all Windows Phone 8 devices will come equipped with a near field communications-based wallet program that will let users add their credit cards, debit cards, loyalty membership cards and more. Microsoft’s Wallet hub will also be compatible with third-party applications for mobile payments and services so users who already have set up payment accounts with other mobile apps can keep them without having to start over. Microsoft says it’s working with several carriers on integrating its wallet program and is expected to have a version of its wallet that’s compatible with the ISIS joint venture created by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. More →
Microsoft on Wednesday during its Windows Phone Summit keynote revealed that its upcoming Windows Phone 8 operating system will include Nokia’s mapping technology built-in, alongside NAVTEQ map information. The software giant will allow third-party app developers to access Nokia’s mapping data, and the service will work offline and include turn-by-turn directions.
Microsoft’s big week continues. The Redmond-based software — and hardware — giant on Monday unveiled its first foray into the tablet hardware market, the Microsoft Surface. Based on Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro, the Surface sets the bar high for Microsoft’s vendor partners as they prepare their own Windows 8 laptops and tablets, which will launch later this year. Moving on from tablets and pushing deeper into the mobile space, Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off the latest version of its smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8. More →
Microsoft on Monday announced the Surface tablet during a press conference in Los Angeles, California. Rumors leading up to the event suggested that the Redmond-based company had an own-brand tablet in store, and a leaked spec sheet that emerged on Monday pointed to an Xbox-focused slate that would merge entertainment, gaming and high-definition output into a 7-inch tablet that would mark Microsoft’s premiere entry into the market. Bits and pieces of various rumors ended up panning out, and Microsoft unveiled its first own-brand Windows tablet line.
Apple unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system on Monday and as promised, the company’s first iOS 6 beta is now available to download. Beyond Mountain Lion release details, new MacBook Air laptops, a new MacBook Pro with a Retina display and more, Apple took the wraps off of iOS 6 during its annual Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday. iOS 6 includes more than 200 new features compared to iOS 5, such as numerous Siri enhancements, Facebook integration, a “Do Not Disturb” feature that silences phone calls and notifications, a new in-house mapping solution with integrated turn-by-turn navigation and much more. Apple’s iOS 6 software will launch to the public this fall, likely around the same time the next-generation iPhone launches, but in the meantime anyone with a developer account can now download the iOS 6 beta from Apple’s developer site. For more WWDC 2012 coverage from BGR, be sure to check out our WWDC page, and Apple’s iOS 6 beta release notes follow below. More →
Apple’s new iOS Maps service features turn-by-turn navigation, 3D maps and Siri integration among many other features. The most impressive-looking Maps feature debuted by Apple on Monday at WWDC was Flyover, which displays highly-detailed 3D models of famous cities around the world that can be accessed on the application. The new Maps also features Siri integration to deliver voice-enabled location-based information for drivers, turn-by-turn navigation to direct drivers to their location and a real-time traffic service that provides like incident reports using anonymous location data from iOS users to keep information up to date. The new version of Maps will be featured in iOS 6, the operating system that will power the next-generation iPhone and iPad. More →
At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday, Apple announced Facebook integration would be coming to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in iOS 6. Users will be able to login to the social networking service from their device’s settings — similar to Twitter — and share updates from apps such as photos and locations from Maps. The service will also be featured in the App Store, allowing users to “Like” apps, TV shows and movies. Facebook, along with Twitter, will be fully integrated into the Notification Center, giving users the ability to quickly tweet or update their status, and will be integrated into the iPhone’s contact list. The Cupertino-based company also announced that the same integration will be coming to Macs.
Just moments ago, VP of iOS Scott Forstall introduced us to iOS 6, the latest mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple has sold 365 million iOS devices so far, and more than 80 are running iOS 5 right now. The company has delivered more than 1.5 trillion push notifications to iOS devices so far as well, and 140 iMessage users have sent more than 150 billion messages to date.