Sometime today (I can’t find it yet) there will be a nifty new app in the iTunes store that lets you search Google by voice. The idea, according to PCWorld, is that you’ll say “Where is Sprint?” And the iPhone would detect where you are and return the location of the close by Sprint retailers. Then you can sigh with relief because you have an iPhone so why bother going to a Sprint retailer?
Thinking that the iPhone is a bit underpowered to handle voice recognition? Thinking you’ll have to train the thing by saying “Bob” five and associating a number with the name? Wrong! The iPhone doesn’t do the processing, a data file is sent to Google and then their machines calculate the answer and send it back to the iPhone. Wow, Google will get a copy of your voice for analysis! Well, no big deal people give info up to Google all the time.
Even better is that the new app promises eye free dialing. Say the name of a contact and hit the call button. And, since it’s Google, it will probably free. The cherry on top? It is iPhone only for now.… more...
I use Google Earth all the time and I’ve wondered when the app would be released for the iPhone. It always seemed like it would be a pretty cool and useful app. Well, now it is available in the iTunes Store today!
With Google Earth for iPhone, you can:
• Tilt your iPhone to adjust your view to see mountainous terrain
• View the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world
• View geo-located Wikipedia articles
• Use the ‘Location’ feature to fly to your current location
• Search for cities, places and business around the globe with Google Local Search
Take a look:
Here’s the contestants: The Nokia 5800, the iPhone and the G1. Where does the iPhone place in this contest? A close second? No, a disappointing third. Let’s run through why and why the analysis is horrible:
Round 1: Weight
Lighter is better. The F800 wins this because it is the lightest (109g).
Hey, great in theory, X number is better than Y number and all. But everyone who has every received a present knows that socks weigh less than a really great set of Legos so light weight is not indicative of quality. Plus socks don’t rattle. Anyway, the weight thing is completely ridiculous. What people are really looking for is “as long as it isn’t too heavy” kind of deal. No one wants to carry a slab of chengdeite around in their pocket but people also don’t want to carry something that feels cheap. The point is that there is some weird tipping point between lightness and perceived quality.
First the bad news: if you want an Android powered G1 you are out of luck. That’s right, you can’t get one. No surprise you say because the G1 hasn’t been released yet? Technically you are correct (thanks captain pedantic) but there is still a shortage even thought the G1 is unreleased. How is that possible? Well, unlike the iPhone you can sign up to pre order the G1. Or you could until the G1 sold more than anticipated so now you’re just out of luck. So you have a G1, you can’t even order a G1 and standing in line to get a G1 is fruitless because, since you know you’re not getting one, you’ll just look stupid.
Why not throw some Android/T Mobile/Google criticism in here? Well, the obvious reason is because such criticism is completely unnecessary. The best reason to throw some mud is just because it is fun to do. So I’ll get that to ya! (wink). Time to think about waiting lists. By going with the whole pre signup thing you have to think that T Mobile and the rest of the roll out partners really, really screwed things… more...
When people argue iPhone against the G1 they argue about closed platform versus open platform. Apple’s missteps with the App store have been well documented but does that mean that a closed platform is necessarily worse than an open platform? Farhad Manjoo argues that open is not necessarily better than closed. From the article:
Well, maybe he has—and maybe he’s betting that these days, “openness” is overrated. For one thing, an open platform is much more technically complex than a closed one.
Read the entire article (worth your time) at Slate.more...
Tech Radar has a list up of features the iPhone needs to beat Android. We’ll skip over the fact that you can’t buy an Android based phone yet. We’ll also gloss over the fact that the thing is pretty ugly (and the iPhone doesn’t exactly look super cool) and that Adroid, so far, doesn’t support multi touch. Then you read the list and it isn’t comprised of any Android specific items rather it is a list of things they’d like to see on the iPhone. Catchy title anyway. Read the list: 10 features the iPhone needs to beat Android
Still, it is obvious Android is getting some traction as the anti-iPhone if nothing else. Which is good, there is room in consumers minds for two players in any market (that was the philosophy behind Apple’s famous Welcome IBM ad). If need a dose of Android sucks check out this Gizmodo post: How Many Google Phone Engineers Does It Take to Tell the Time?more...
Andy Rubin, Engineering director at Google has a great post up about the future of wireless. He notifies us that our cell phones are more powerful than the computers we used ten years ago. In 1998 I was using a Timex Sinclair and an abacus so he’s probably right. Mr. Rubin also spouts of plenty of other interesting stats and a few predictions on where cell phones are headed. The long and short of it is that cell phones already are everywhere but in the future the be everywherer, um, absolutely everywhere. Definitely worth the read. The question for the iPhone is will iPhones be everywhere in ten years or just a hip accessory?
Read it here!
Chris Howard has a thoughtful piece up at our sister site Apple Matters wondering if the iPhone can keep Android at bay. The heart of Chris’ argument is that while Android is likely to be inferior the models favor broad acceptance. interesting reading to be sure. Check it out!more...
James Stoup has an excellent piece up over at our sister site Apple Matters extolling the virtues of the App store. Heck, he likes it so much he’d like to see it as part of OS X. But it isn’t all blue skies and cotton tailed bunnies hopping through the meadows, James notes that Google’s android store is on the horizon and that it will likely provide some real competition for the App store.more...
I am not a Google Talk user, but for those who are, there is great news!
Search giant Google has announced Google Talk for the iPhone, a new web app that has been designed specifically for the iPhone’s web browser.
The app lets you talk to anyone on your Gmail contacts list that’s signed in or viewing their Gmail on the web. You can try it out by navigating to http://www.google.com/talk on your iPhone or iPod touch.
Trillian needs to hurry out of beta so we can add all these instant messaging clients into one!more...