Droid 2 Voice Action – Just Speak & Go – Could This Be A Real iPhone Killer?

We have been bombarded from non Apple companies, hailing their product as the next iPhone killer. But Droid seems to be on track to actually accomplish what others can only dream about. Droid phones have a huge advantage over the iPhone. The same Apple mentality that has permeated their computer marketing strategy, using a closed system, may be the one thing that comes back to bite them with their iPhone. Google is in a position of becoming the #1 cell phone company OS supplier and their new Voice Actions [voice recognition] will lead the pack.

Here is what Google says about their new addition to Droid 2:
Our mobile phones have become modern-day Swiss Army knives. An Android phone is a handheld computer, a music player, a notepad, a GPS navigation unit and more, all rolled into one sleek device that fits in your pocket. Today’s phones do so many things for us that sometimes we don’t even think about how we do them.

Even though our phones do all these new things, the most natural way of interacting with a phone remains what it always has been: speaking. And to that end, we’re pleased to introduce Voice Actions for Android. Voice Actions are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. Call businesses and contacts, send texts and email, listen to music, browse the web, and complete common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone.

Supported features include:

Speak any of these commands to perform a Voice Action on your phone:

  • send text to [contact] [message]
  • listen to [artist/song/album]
  • call [business]
  • call [contact]
  • send email to [contact] [message]
  • go to [website]
  • note to self [note]
  • navigate to [location/business name]
  • directions to [location/business name]
  • map of [location]

And of course, you can still conduct a Google search using your voice.

Take a look at the video on the Google blog site. You will be impressed in what Voice Actions can do. I like the way a user can send text messages without having to type.

Comments welcome.

Source – Google Blog

Microsoft Deepfish – Windows Mobile Device

For those of you who may have tried to download the demo of Microsoft Deepfish, it seems that demand far out stripped supply and Microsoft actually ran out. So even if you had a promo code, your still going to have to wait for the real thing to be released or a possibility that Microsoft may just increase the amount of downloads available or that you might have to reapply for future beta testing.
So what is Deepfish? It is basically a way to bring web browsing to mobile devices. Microsoft describes the software as:

  • “A familiar look and feel of web pages on mobile as seen on desktop.
  • Bandwidth optimized rendering for faster content delivery.
  • Address bar web navigation.
  • Intuitive zooming, panning and cue map for quick navigation and browsing.
  • Support for simple link navigation and form submission.”

More information about what Deepfish is can be found here.

In addition Microsoft has a team blog site available and Microsoft suggests to stay tuned for additional details and availability of future beta testing for Deepfish. So if you plan on using a Windows mobile device you should bookmark the site below for future reference.

The Microsoft team blog can be found here.

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