Apple is expected to release the iPhone 6 in two different sizes later this fall, but only one of those new iPhone styles will have the coveted Optical Image Stabilization feature, according to new unsettling reports from people who claim to be in the know.
In a little under four hours, Google will kick off what's sure to be a very busy Google I/O Developer conference. It has already been established that the company will preview the next L version of Android, the new wearable platform called Android Wear, and a fourth attempt to capture the living room with Android TV. The next best thing to actually seeing it live is being able to watch the news as it's announced. The Google I/O livestream will kick off at 9AM PDT (12 PM ET) at google.com/events/io.
Apple wants Siri to be the way that people across the world communicate with their smartphones, and it can't do that if the app isn't available in every language. To that end, The company has posted several job listing looking for experts in natural language recognition and engineers who are "Experts in foreign languages." The languages Apple hopes to eventually enhance or add include: Norwegian, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Thai, and Russian. Users should not expect to see the fruits of these labors bear in time for the release of iOS 8 this fall, but it's good to know Apple is strengthening its voice command search system.
In a move that shouldn't shock anyone, Google VP of Android & Chrome Sundar Pichai has all but confirmed suspicions that it will unveil the next major release of Android tomorrow at its annual Google IO conference. What's next?
As people crowd the stand-in microphone in a conference hall waiting for a chance to ask a question of a presenter, others can sit comfortably in their seat and wait for the chance to speak. AT&T's SmartMic prototype makes smartphones operate as wireless microphones, so there's no need for everyone to share.
Google has made its Voice Search system capable of understanding Indian accents. While Voice Search has always had issues with English as a second language speakers, the update makes it possible for people from India who speak English with a heavy accent to better communicate with their smartphones. Google took voice samples from more than 700 people and used that extra data to better distinguish speaking patterns and inflections that had previously tripped up the speech recognition software. Android 2.3 or later devices should be able to test out the new speech options.
It made sense for Nokia to launch the X Android smartphones as a way to gain traction in the lower-tier market, but it was widely expected that Microsoft would abandon the venture once it assumed control of Nokia. That's no longer the case as Microsoft today launched the Nokia X2, a more powerful but still cheap smartphone, and it's still running Android.
The LG G3 finally has some clarity on its release schedule. Though LG managed to quickly distribute the device in its home market following last month's global unveiling, only users in South Korea were able to actually purchase the device. Now the LG G3 has a start date.
The nation's third-place carrier today announced that it has reached its 474th market with 4G LTE connectivity, launched HD Voice calling nationwide, and it's now giving a guarantee that consumers will be pleased after 30 days of service.
Anyone wanting a tougher version of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones has had to turn to the Active series sold on AT&T, but Sprint today announced that it has its own special Samsung smartphone targeted at users with an "active lifestyle."