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Voice Search on Jelly Bean teaches Apple’s Siri a thing or two about web search

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At the announcement of the latest iteration of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google unveiled their updated Voice Search engine. It’s not exactly a virtual personal assistant but we decided to just go with it and see how it stacks up against one of the best ones out there – Apple’s Siri.

Google’s Voice Search in Jelly Bean, as its name suggests, is limited at doing web searches, and setting up the occasional alarm. Siri, on the other hand, is a full-blown virtual assistant – able to open applications (iOS6-only) set up meetings and even crack you up with a joke. We’ll be comparing the two in a series of web search tests and a side task to see how they fare. Read more »

Missed the Android keynote from the Google I/O? Watch the Jelly Bean announcement here

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If you’ve missed the live stream of the Android keynote from Google I/O, it’s now available on YouTube.

It’ll show you all the impressive Android statistics, as well as the Jelly Bean announcement and Google Nexus 7 unveil. Read more »

Google to offer the Nexus 7 tablet in brown as well?

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The Google Nexus 7 that was announced couple of days ago is currently on pre-order only in black, with reports coming in from Google I/O revealing that some developers got a white Nexus 7 as part of the developer gift pack.

However, we got an anonymous tip with a screenshot of the Carphone Warehouse inventory system showing that a brown version of the seven incher might be in the works as well. Read more »

Chrome 20 is available for download, fixes MacBook kernel panics and offers 64-bit Linux Flash support

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Google has released Chrome 20 for download hours after the end of the Day 2 keynote at Google I/O.

The new version of the Webkit browser comes with ‘hundreds of bugs’ fixed and updated HTML5 and JavaScript support. Additionally, a bug resulting in kernel panic on Macbooks carrying Intel HD 4000 videocards has been fixed as well. Read more »

Nokia 808 PureView takes part in our battery triathlon

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When we reviewed the Nokia 808 PureView a lot of our time was spent on the camera. Now that the review is done, we’ve had time to test out the battery – it’s a fine balance between Symbian’s low requirements and the relatively small 1400mAh battery.

The 808 PureView is far from the most compact phone around, so it’s natural to think that Nokia could have fit a bigger battery. But maybe they didn’t need to, find out after the jump. Read more »

Google Nexus 7 gets benchmarked, results are unsurprisingly good

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There has hardly been any doubt that the freshly announced Google Nexus 7 would be a solid performer on the benchmark arena. After all, NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset with four CPU cores is a well known powerhouse by now. However, we couldn’t help but be curious about the way Google’s slate would stack up against the well-established, higher priced players on the tablet market.

As you probably know by now, the Google Nexus 7 CPU cores are clocked at 1.3GHz each – that’s a tad less than the typical 1.5GHz, which we’ve seen on other Tegra 3 devices. Read more »

Google Docs to get offline editing with an update later today

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At Day 2 of Google I/O which is all about Chrome, Google announced that offline editing is about to become available for Google Docs.

Edits are made offline and are later synced, when you connect to the web. Clay Bavar, Director of Product Management for Google Apps demonstrated the functionality on a Nexus 7 tablet and it worked like a charm. Read more »

Google Chrome almost doubles its active users, now at impressive 310m

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Google Chrome is among the topics of discussion at day two of Google’s I/O developer conference. According to Senior Vice President of Chrome and Apps over at Google, Sundar Pinchai, Chrome has 310 million active users.

This makes Chrome the most popular web browser in the world. Year over year the jump of active users has almost doubled from the 160 million back in 2011. Read more »

BLU Jenny and Tank offer color screen, camera and microSD slot for under $20

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BLU is moving in to steal Nokia’s claim to having the cheapest handset – meet Tank and Jenny. Both phones offer a good deal more than the €16 Nokia 103, even if they do lack the pedigree of the Finnish phone.

The two phones pack a 1.8″ color displays. The image quality most certainly won’t be brilliant but at this price range you’re typically looking at monochrome screens. They even have a camera capable of video recording – the press release doesn’t say anything about resolution, but any camera is a step above none, right? Read more »

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean already ported to HTC One X, not ready for prime time yet

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Just as expected, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are already out – both officially and unofficially – but the HTC One X gets to join in on the action too.

Initially based on the SDK, the ROM created by an XDA-Developers member is now based on the Galaxy Nexus images. Read more »

Acer TravelMate B113 11.6 inch Sandy Bridge gets released

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The TravelMate B113 ultraportable laptop has been launched by Acer, offering 4GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, and a 11.6 inch display running at 1366×768 pixel resolution.

If you’re looking for a compact laptop but don’t want to break the bank by springing for an ultrabook, the TravelMate series is offered at some very competitive prices. Read more »

Google’s Nexus 7 priced at GBP159/GBP199 in the UK

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Google revealed the super attractive US pricing of the Google Nexus 7 tablet at yesterday’s keynote speech, but didn’t say anything on the cost of the tablet in the UK. Fortunately, we only got to wait a few hours to find out how expensive the trip across the ocean turned out.

If you live in Britain, you are now able to pre-order an 8GB Google Nexus 7 for £159, while the 16GB version of the slate will set you back £199. This is about 25% more expensive than what US residents will pay for the Nexus 7, but then again that’s how things usually work in this business. Read more »

This is the new Easter egg in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Google has a traditionally been incorporating an Easter egg inside every version of Android, that can be viewed by repeatedly tapping the Android version number within the Settings app. In Ice Cream Sandwich, you could find the Android Ice Cream Sandwich logo and if you touch and hold it, it would expand and eventually you’d see a Nyan Cat style animation of the logo.

In Android 4.1, you see a Jelly Bean with the tell-tale Android antennae on the top and if you press and hold the image, a large number of cel-shaded jelly beans appear on the screen and you can flick them around as much as you like. You can catch a video of this in action after the break. Read more »

Google updates Play Store website, adds remote update and remote uninstall options

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The Google Play Store website already offered a super convenient way to just push apps to your device but now Google has taken it a couple of steps further.

Google has updated the ‘My Android Apps’, which until now only displayed some of the apps that you have downloaded on your device, to include the option to remotely update apps as well as uninstall them. Read more »

Google updates YouTube and Google+ apps for Android

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The Google Maps app isn’t the only one getting a major update today. Google has also released updates for the YouTube and Google+ apps on Android that bring some slick new interface design to both the apps.

Let’s start with the YouTube app, which you’ll notice has a new UI that looks similar to the recently released Google+ apps. The app shows you new videos from your subscribed channels with large thumbnail images spanning the width of the display. Read more »