Chinese smartphone maker is looking to develop just two to three core devices, dropping products that have not been competitive in the market, and focus on voice-control capabilities.
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Younger smartphone users prioritse data over voice because they're moving to IP-based messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype, according to a multi-country survey by Analysys Mason
The company has reorganised its cloud-based communications portfolio and added new features, such as a smartphone app and web client for IP-based voice and a Microsoft Lync-based UC suite.
The usually-reliable Wall Street Journal has added its voice to the frenzy of speculation about Google's plans to launch its own 7-inch Android tablet, apparently confirming an earlier report in Digitimes. This would be a brave move, considering that Google's previous hardware efforts -- the Nexus smartphone, Chromebooks and Google TV -- have been disastrous flops.
How does Apple's Siri really work? A SmartPlanet article lays out how voice recognition on a smartphone really works, step by step.
Ford said that AppLink, its application that enables SYNC users to control their smartphone via voice, will be compatible with Apple's iPhone. AppLink will also be a free download for Ford Fiesta owners.
Ford launched a software development kit (SDK) so developers can tailor their smartphone apps for voice recognition and in-car usage.
The difficulty of typing on smartphone touchscreens is driving a resurgence of interest in voice recognition but desktop dictation and control has never really taken off, even though a reasonable version has been built into Windows for several years. Nuance hopes Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11 will get us talking to our PCs rather than shouting at them, with a 15% improvement in accuracy and voice shortcuts to make it less tedious to control your PC by talking to it.
Verizon may have killed off the Kin devices before they even get going with standard smartphone data pricing of $29.99 per month plus a minimum $39.99 voice plan requirement. Then if you want to take advantage of the Zune Pass integration you will have to pay another $15 per month to Microsoft (not handled through carrier billing).
Ford will be livening up its Fiesta with the launch of SYNC AppLink in the 2011 model. The software will make controlling certain technologies easier and hands-free via voice command over Android and BlackBerry smartphone applications.
If you are a smartphone enthusiast I am sure you have seen all the coverage of the Google Nexus One from today. I see that attendees at the press conference received a device and am bummed I didn't get an invite or I would have hopped over before CES. If you follow me on Twitter you will know I kept saying this was no big deal and while the hardware is nice there were no game changers. There were no killer surprises, but I have a very tough time resisting any device that supports T-Mobile's 3.5G wireless data network and readers knew I would give in a buy one. I have played with the HD2 and 1GHz Snapdragon so am looking forward to this processor on an Android device with an OLED display and voice text entry field support.
There have been rumors of new T-Mobile plans, code named Project Dark, and earlier today T-Mobile took the wraps off of their new Even More and Even More Plus plans. The plans include options for obtaining an account with no contract, paying for your phone with monthly no-interest payments, and having unlimited voice, text, and data service. While they are quite competitive with other carrier unlimited plans, existing T-Mobile customers need to take a hard comparative look at the new plans and their current plans before jumping on these new plans too quickly. In my case where I have a MyFaves 1800 shared minute family plan with five lines, unlimited family text messaging, and smartphone data on one line I discovered that I would see a minimum increase of $75/month if I wanted to gain unlimited voice calling and add one smartphone data service.
Last week, just the mention of VoIP over a smartphone was something that raised some eyebrows, given the controversy over Apple's rejection-that-wasn't-really-a-rejection of the Google Voice app for the iPhone.This week, at the CTIA conference in San Diego, word about AT&T's announcement yesterday that it is opening the iPhone to VoIP services has spread quickly.
AT&T and Garmin on Tuesday announced the Garmin nuvifone G60, a smartphone that will marry the GPS navigation expertise of Garmin and the voice, data and mobile Web of a traditional smartphone.
In addition to the disappointing increase in data rates for voice customers, T-Mobile also introduced their new web2go service. The web2go service is designed to make it easier to view and browse the internet from your feature phone and select smartphone. Yahoo! oneSearch is being used for the mobile search engine and the service also gives you access to the new T-Mobile store front that was talked about a few months ago. It sounds like the web2go service is a proxy service since T-Mobile states that customers can visit virtually any website from even a feature phone and be able to view and navigate the page.
I was checking out jkOnTheRun this morning and read their post on new HP Windows Mobile phones that lead to the details on the wmpoweruser.com site. Sam wrote last month that HP was jumping deeper into the smartphone market after a couple years trying to sell their iPAQ line that largely focused on the enterprise buyer. These two new devices, the iPAQ Voice Messenger and Data Messenger, actually look quite modern and may appeal to consumers as well.
The Windows Mobile 6-based iPAQ 514 Voice Messenger is attractively priced, although some (generally sensible) compromises have been made. Overall, HP’s first foray into the Windows Mobile smartphone market is very impressive.
T-Mobile launched the Dash Windows Mobile Smartphone back in October 2006 and I picked one up right away. Today, T-Mobile leads the way in the U.S. Windows Mobile market with the release of the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade. You can visit the T-Mobile Windows Mobile upgrade page on Friday, 4 May and download your free update. Make sure that you read the directions in the ROM upgrade install application so you don't brick your device. The instructions state that you should expect the upgrade to take 10 minutes, but I performed mine in only 4 so your mileage may vary. The upgrade was quick and yet transforms the device into a much more usable device, IMHO. Windows Mobile 6 isn't revolutionary, but it definitely has a load of usability improvements and I recommend every Dash owner upgrade their device.
HP has had Pocket PC Phone Edition Mobile Messenger devices for a couple of years, but they have never really seemed to have taken off. HP continues to try to compete in the mobile market and is launching their HP iPAQ 500 series Voice Messenger. The Voice Messenger is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device (aka Smartphone) and looks to also have a 1.3 megapixel camera. The HP Voice Messenger is capitalizing on the increasing popularity of VoIP and includes capabilities and integrated WiFi for this functionality. HP is also including a powerful voice command system that actually allows you to reply to email by dictating and sending a voice response without the need for any typing. GSM/EDGE and Bluetooth radios are also included on the device. The new HP Voice Messenger should be available this Spring, but you can check out our image gallery in the meantime.
Cicero Networks' softphone provides access to VoIP services over Wi-Fi and GSM networks from a single dialler. When seamless roaming between Wi-Fi and GSM is implemented, CiceroPhone should prove very useful. However, a Wi-Fi-equipped Windows Mobile smartphone may be a more convenient platform than a handheld.
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