Last February Google demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a prototype version of Google Goggles that could translate written information by taking a picture of the text with your phone's camera. At that time only German text could be recognized. Google today officially introduced Goggles Translation. To use Goggles Translation:
Point your phone at a word or phrase. Use the region of interest button to draw a box around specific words
Press the shutter button
If Goggles recognizes the text, it will give you the option to translate
Press the translate button to select the source and destination languages.
Today Goggles can read English, French, Italian, German and Spanish and can translate to many more languages. Google is hard at work extending their recognition capabilities to other Latin-based languages. The goal is to eventually read non-Latin languages (such as Chinese, Hindi and Arabic) as well.
Google announced today the roll out a new look for Google Search results on your computer and for mobile.
To check it out, go to Google.com in the US on your iPhone or Android device, and enter a search. You can now tap on the button to the left of the search box on the results page to see a new search options menu. Then, selecting any item in the menu will refine your search. For example, if you are looking for recent results for "Mother's day gift", simply tap the "Past week" option.
You may notice that when the menu expands, the search results slide off screen to the right. Note that you can still interact with them and see them in full just by panning to the right.
Google announced that they have redesigned Google Image Search for mobile. The redesign is available today for iPhone 3.0+ and Android 2.1 devices with the focus on making it easy to quickly see as many image thumbnails as possible.
Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin Ltd., and ASUSTeK Computer Inc., today announced the Garmin-Asus A10, a touchscreen smartphone running on the Android platform that is optimized for pedestrian navigation. The A10 is expected to be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
For those times when walking is the best way to go, the A10 is ideal for city navigation because of its bright, 3.2-inch HVGA touch screen, electronic compass and long-lasting 1500mAh battery. As with other Garmin-Asus Android-powered devices, the A10’s GPS capabilities are optimized to ensure that customers have the best location and navigation experience a smartphone can offer.
Detailed maps are preloaded on the A10 so that users do not have to pay and wait for third party maps to download from a server, nor will they lose their turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation if they are out of cell phone coverage. In addition to pedestrian navigation, the A10 is ready for use in an automobile out-of-the-box, and it comes with a powered audio mount that magnifies the volume of the device’s voice commands.
Last fall Google launched Place Pages which organize relevant and useful information about places on Google Maps. Today Google announced Places Page is now available on your mobile phone. In the video below, the Place Page for Mama's restaurant in San Francisco shows location information, customer ratings, opening hours and what people are saying about the restaurant in summary format.
Vodafone UK customers can order the Nexus One, the new superphone from Google, at vodafone.co.uk/nexusone. The Nexus One is available in the UK beginning April 30.
Vodafone is the first European mobile operator to offer Nexus One. Customers who pre-order online will be the first to get a Nexus One for free on a 35 pound monthly price plan (24 month), on April 30. The Nexus One will also be available via Vodafone stores and telesales, with Vodafone providing direct support to customers with the superphone when they need it.
Nexus One will be available on a range of great value Vodafone price plans, on both 18 and 24 month contracts. Price plans start from 25 pounds a month on a 24 month contract.
Vodafone UK customers with the Nexus One can use up to 1GB of mobile data as part of their price plan as well as take advantage of unlimited access to Wi-Fi in the home and free, publicly available services throughout the country. Customers using Wi-Fi can also use an additional 1GB of data at premium BT Openzone hotspots throughout the UK.
Google today announced Search by Voice in Google Maps 4.1 on Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 phones.
Search by voice lets users easily search for anything by speaking search terms instead of typing them. To use, open Google Maps, press your phone’s “call” button, and speak your search term like “Park Plaza.” Search by voice works with all the kinds of searches Google Maps for mobile already supports, including places, addresses (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway), specific businesses (The French Laundry), or types of businesses (sushi restaurants New York).
Google has also added a few features including a redesigned settings page with Search by voice language choices. Choose your preferred language from the supported options, including multiple
Users of the new Google Nexus One Android phone now have the means to fully share and back-up their content with their PC thanks to a new PC software that allows the phone to interact with the PC.
Mobile phone software company FutureDial Incorporated announced today that its FutureDial Suite Smartphone Edition now supports the Android-based Google Nexus One, in addition to the Motorola DROID. The new PC software allows Nexus One users to easily share phonebook contacts, pictures, video, audio and music and text message files between the phone and the PC. The new software is the only product currently on the market that is fully compatible with all content types on the ANDROID handset, unlike other products which only offer partial support.
Google announced today the launch of Google Mobile App for BlackBerry Storm and Storm2. This version is tailored for BlackBerry touchscreen devices with all the useful features of Google Mobile. You can search using your voice instead of typing your query by holding the green button and speaking your query in English, Mandarin Chinese, or Japanese.
You can also use Google Mobile App to search your BlackBerry's email and contacts. To find an email, you can search for the name of the person who sent you an email, or a phrase from the body of the message. If you'd rather Google Mobile App not search your email and contacts, you can turn off Phone Search in the options screen. Information about your contacts and content from your emails is accessible only on your device; Google Mobile App does not send this data to Google.
Google today announced the release of a Google Buzz widget for Android phones that lets you post text and photos with a single tap. Like other mobile access points for Google Buzz, the widget lets you choose to tag your post with the location or place from which it was posted. You can post buzz about a great meal you had and share photos of the new restaurant. To save time, your posts will upload in the background, letting you get back to your scrumptious dessert without a wait.
The widget is initially available in English for Android phones running v1.6 and later. Search for 'Google Buzz' in the Android Market to download it now. Once installed, you can add it to your home screen: tap "Menu" while on the home screen and select "Add > Widgets > Google Buzz".
Google has introduced a few features for Google Maps for mobile 4.1 that makes sorting through search results or seeing Maps info easier.
For Google Maps, Google has eliminated the tabs to give you all the information on one page. Now you just tap the new buttons to see the place on the map, get directions, call it, or see it with Street View. Now you can swipe pages with our finger (left or right) to see the next or last results.
The updated Maps 4.1 will allow you to have a couple different ways to put Maps up close and personal on your phone. Add the Latitude widget to a home screen panel to see your nearest Latitude friends by pressing the “Menu” button from the home screen and selecting Add > Widgets > Latitude. On Android 2.1+ phones, you can also turn your home screen into one big, updating map using the Maps live wallpaper. Press the “Menu” button from your home screen and select Wallpaper > Live wallpapers > Maps. Now you can see nearby friends or a map each time you open your home screen.
Opera Software today launched the newest beta version of the world's most popular browser for mobile phones, Opera Mini 5, on the Android platform. Opera Mini 5 beta for Android brings a fast and cost-efficient Web experience to any handset built on the Android platform.
Opera Mini, with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables Web browsing on almost any handset by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending content to the phone, resulting in significantly improved page loading and speed. With a simple, easy-to-use interface, Opera Mini offers a desktop-like Web browsing experience on a mobile phone, with favorite features such as Speed Dial, tabbed browsing, password manager and bookmarks. With Opera Mini optimized for Android, more people will be able to get a PC-like browsing experience on their mobile handsets. Download
Download Opera Mini directly to your Android phone. To download, simply visit m.opera.com/next with the Android browser or search for Opera Mini 5 in the Android Market. For more information, visit http://www.opera.com/mini/next/.
If you’re one of the 57 million Americans who ride a bike, mapping your daily commute, exploring new trails, and planning recreational rides just became a little bit easier. Google is announcing that we have added biking directions in the U.S. to Google Maps. This has been the most requested addition to Google Maps, and we’re delighted to be unveiling this new feature at the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC.
Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced that third-party application developers now have access to the Photoshop.com Mobile for Android 1.1 editor, allowing them to easily make it a part of their applications. In addition, Photoshop.com Mobile for Android 1.1 is available, providing users of the Google Mobile operating system with quick and easy photo-editing and sharing capabilities. Photoshop.com Mobile for Android 1.1 enhances the camera-phone experience by providing a collection of new editing effects.
Google announced today Gesture Search, a new Google Labs app for Android-powered devices running Android 2.0 or above in the US. Gesture Search lets you quickly find a contact, an installed application, a bookmark or a music track from hundreds or thousands of items, by simply drawing alphabet gestures on the touch screen.
For example, if you want to call your friend Anne, open Gesture Search and draw letter “A”, and Gesture Search returns a list of items that have words starting with “A” even if your handwriting isn't clear. If the "A" you draw looks a bit like an "H", as shown to the left, "H" results will be brought up as well. If needed, you can also erase a query by crossing it horizontally: left to right erases the entire query, and right to left removes the last letter or space in the query. Now you can either scroll down the list to find Anne or write more letters to refine the search.
Google recently announced a new feature that allows advertisers to add a clickable phone number (see announcement with video) to their mobile ads, making it easy for customers to connect with the local business they're looking for directly by phone. This week Google expanded click-to-call phone numbers for national advertisers. Advertisers can now add a national phone number to the last line of ad text for any existing or new campaigns, making it easy for customers to connect with the business by phone directly from the ad, regardless of their location.
This can be especially helpful when you're trying to connect with the business call center rather than a specific business location. After searching for a travel services, for example, you might want to call to discuss trip planning with an agent. Or after searching for car insurance, you might want to call for a quote. Now, if you're using an iPhone, Android device, or Palm Pre, you can just click the phone number to call the business without needing to navigate to a new page. To learn more about how to add a clickable phone number to your mobile ads visit http://adwords.blogspot.com.
With the release of Google Earth for Android, Google also introduced the Roads layer, a very popular feature of the desktop version of Google Earth. Now you can get a better sense of where you are with road labels drawn on top of the satellite imagery.
Additionally, Google has used the integrated voice recognition capabilities of the Android platform to provide a pocket globe that responds to your every command.
Google demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a prototype version of Google Goggles that showcases the potential of integrating Google's machine translation and image recognition technologies. The video above shows Goggles taking a picture of a German menu and instantly translating the text into English. That is amazing!
Google has announced a new Android app called Google Shopper that lets you find product information quickly by using your phone's camera. Google Shopper recognizes cover art of books, CDs, DVDs, and video games, along with most barcodes. You can also speak the name of the product you're looking for. (Note: This app is similar to Google Googles.) See video above of how Google Shopper works.